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Durban Convention City, Half-day Tours, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

A few of the many half-day activities in and around Durban. See similar articles for full day as well as two-or-more day tours.

o    Breakfast with Thoroughbreds: Travel west to Summerveld to see the world’s only Jockey Academy. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Clubhouse while watching 1500 horses at morning exercise. Visit the stables and see farriers at work. Proceed to Assagay Safari Park to see crocodiles and snakes and then explore the culture and heritage of the Zulu at Phezulu Village.
o    Durban by Night: begin at mini town and then walk along the beachfront to North Pier. Pay a visit to City Hall, which is beautifully lit at night.  Spend the evening touring some of Durban’s favourite bars, restaurants and clubs.
o    Durban Central: Tour City Hall, which is watched over by a statue of Queen Victoria, to revisit the Colonial Era. Then travel along the Victoria Embankment, passing statues of John Ross, Dick King and Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who discovered Port Natal. Continue along the Golden Mile, Durban’s vibrant beachfront, passing paddling pools, lush gardens and colourful rickshas. See the Victoria Street Indian market, filled with exotic spices and jewellery.  Visit the University of Natal (Durban) or visit the Botanic Gardens, reputed to have one of the finest orchid houses in the world. 
o    Durban Harbour: Visit the largest and busiest harbour on the African continent. Watch the sun go down and the city light up while sipping cocktails on a cruise boat.
o    Night Game-Viewing Drive: A superb night drive to Tala Game Reserve.  See nocturnal animals that cannot be seen during the day.  Followed by a traditional boma “braai”.
o    Offshore:  Take a relaxing ferry ride through the entrance to Durban Harbour.  Wave to the locals at Thirsty’s, a pub at the entrance to the harbour.  Sail out to sea to see the magnificent skyline.
o    Pietermaritzburg: Discover the beauty and history of “Heritage City”, the capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Victorian and Edwardian architecture in graceful red brick. See City Hall, noted for its domes and stained glass windows.  Visit the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and see Fort Napier, where the Sherwood Foresters remained camped for 15 years.  Return via World’s View to take photographs of the Howick Falls.
o    Ricksha Bus Tours: Enjoy the beachfront at your own pace. Catch the Ricksha Bus and hop on or off as it suits you anywhere en-route.  Alternatively, take a guided city tour and discover Durban from an open-top double-decker bus. Other tours include trips to the night races, local pub tours and steam train rides.
o    Sea World: Penguin, dolphin and seal shows take place throughout the day.  View awesome sharks and see scuba divers feed fish, turtles and stingrays by hand.
o    Shebeen Crawl:  Have fun visiting shebeens (informal township bars), mixing with the locals. Experience the different atmosphere in each shebeen as a range of musical styles are explored.  Try umqombothi or twala, a homemade beer renowned for its potency.
o    South Coast Meander: Drive down the lush South Coast, passing through coastal towns with beautiful beach views. Visit crocodile farms, taste a crocodile steak and watch them feeding.
o    Stainbank Nature Reserve: Enjoy a morning walk through this reserve of open grasslands, coastal forest, dams and streams, the home of zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, mongoose, bush baby and leguaans (water monitor).  Nearly 200 bird species spotted.
o    Suburban Roundabout: Explore Berea and beyond.  See the suburbs of Westville, and the villages of Pinetown and Kloof.  Visit Kloof Gorge and browse in Pineville Junction, a permanent market.  Visit Marianhill Monastery, built by monks without the benefit of modern equipment.
o    Sugar Terminal: At the edge of Durban Harbour.  Learn about the history of sugar in South Africa.
o    Oriental Tour:  Taste the oriental flavour of Durban.  Visit some of the oldest Hindu temples and learn about Indian culture. Experience the atmosphere of Durban Mosque, the largest in the southern Hemisphere.  Shop at the Indian Market for a range of exotic eastern wares.  Continue to the ornate Hare Krishna temple of Understanding, where the devotees serve a delicious vegetable curry.
o    Sharks Board and Bird Park: See 2000 exotic and indigenous birds from 280 species. See an audio-visual presentation on sharks. Watch a shark dissection and lecture. Sharks teeth and other memorabilia can be bought.  Relax in Mitchell’s Park or the beautifully-sculptured Japanese gardens.
o    Township Tours: Visit hostels, “temporary” residential areas and homes that are more exclusive.  Stop at Lidalane Self-Help centre where the young are taught traditional crafts such as beadwork and weaving.  Visit Durban Market to browse, bargain and buy.  Meet a herbalist and a Sangoma (witch doctor) to have your fortune told.
o    Umgeni Steam Railway: Take a trip on a steam train on one of the oldest lines and most scenic railway trips in southern Africa.  Breathtaking views of the Valley of 1000 Hills and beyond.  Train rides on the last Sunday of every month to Inchanga, with a picnic stop in Kloof.
o    Valley of 1000 Hills: Drive through Westville past the University of Durban (Westville), Kranskloof Nature Reserve and Kloof Gorge.  Follow the route of the famous Comrades Marathon (running) to Assagay Safari Park, which overlooks the Valley. Visit the crocodile and snake park as well as Phezulu Village to learn about Zulu Culture. See Zulu dancing and see a sangoma throw the bones.  The Valley is renowned for its curio and arts and crafts shops.
o    Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve: Travel for an hour south of Durban to see the wooded valleys, open grasslands and dams, the home of zebra, wildebeest, antelope, jackal, monkey and mongoose. Over 300 bird species have been spotted.  Return in the early afternoon after a delicious picnic lunch.
o    Durban Experience: An introduction to the ethnic and cultural heart of Durban. Includes an in-depth tour of the Playhouse Company, the local History Museum and City Hall.
o    Oriental Tour: Explore the mysticism and vitality of the East. Visit the Victoria Street market where one can browse, bargain and buy.  Visit Emmanuel Cathedral and the Jumma Masjid Mosque, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. 
o    Historical Durban: Visit St Paul’s Church and Durban’s first railway station. See Winston Churchill’s memorial table, the Francis Farewell gardens and the History Museum.  Continue to the Victoria Embankment and learn about John Ross, Dick King and Vasco da Gama while viewing their statues.
o    Shopping Delight: Specialised tours of the modern shopping centres. Yacht Cruises: Board a luxurious yacht for a champagne breakfast on a morning cruise along the Dolphin Coast. Sail the Indian Ocean with dolphins playing in the bow wave.

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