DURBAN Day Tours

This is the wet 'n wild city, where the sun shines all year round, where the warm Indian Ocean calls, and the fun never sets.  From the dramatic peaks of the exquisite Drakensberg mountain range to traditional Zulu villages, magnificent game reserves, historic battle sites and the warm Indian Ocean lapping onto wide, sandy beaches, Kwazulu-Natal is a tourist's paradise.  Let Thompsons Africa help you discover the treasures of this region.

uSHAKA MARINE WORLD


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Daily between
13h30 & 14h00
Returns at +- 17h00
Home to Africa’s largest dolphinarium, the globally respected uShaka Marine World entices you to explore the wonders of Africa’s vast ocean life. It’s a fascinating journey around 30 in and outdoor themed exhibits, and you won’t want to miss the spectacular dolphin, seal and penguin shows. In the aquarium, tank after tank offers a glorious insight into the wealth of South Africa’s Indian and Atlantic Ocean marine life, an experience not to be missed.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • uShaka Marine World dolphin, seal and penguin shows
  • 30 indoor and outdoor themed exhibits

DURBAN CITY TOUR


SHORT TOUR
Departs Daily between
08h30 & 09h00
Returns at +- 12h30
Our tour begins as we travel along the brand-new Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban viewing the newly upgraded Point Waterfront. We move through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history! We continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on our way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where we view lovely sights of the harbour down below. Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6 000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters – an authentic experience. From culture to nature, we visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. We then conclude with a visit to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Durban beachfront
  • Point Waterfront
  • Durban city
  • Durban City Hall
  • Markets at Warwick Triangle
  • Durban Botanic Gardens
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Cable car ride (own account)

DRAKENSBERG WORLD HERITAGE TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Tue, Thu, Sat
between 06h00 & 06h30
Returns at +- 17h30
Discover the beauty of the undulating Drakensberg Mountain range as we travel through such breath-taking vistas as we visit the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Castle. The enigmatic Bushman paintings in the vicinity are not far, so we set off on foot for a leisurely 3km round hike to the site of the caves to discover this magical legacy of the bushmen (moderate fitness level required). Our guide there will share his knowledge of the paintings which date back 2 000 years. We’re bound to have built up an appetite, so we’ll tuck into the hearty lunch laid on. Our return to Durban is via a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture site – a historically significant moment in South African history and now commemorated with a world class sculpture, in memory of Nelson Mandela and his heroic role in the struggle against apartheid.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drakensberg Mountain range
  • World Heritage Site, Giant’s Castle
  • 3km foot hike (moderate fitness level required)
  • Explore caves
  • Bushman paintings
  • Lunch
  • Nelson Mandela Capture site

DURBAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Daily between
08h30 & 09h00
Returns at +- 17h00
If you want to get to grips with Durban, this full day tour is for you. Ample time to discover the cultural and historical contrasts of this city...before spending time at the world class attraction: uShaka Marine World. Our tour begins as we travel along the brand-new Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban viewing the newly upgraded Point Waterfront. We move through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history! We continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on our way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where we view lovely sights of the harbour down below. Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters – an authentic experience. From culture to nature, we visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. We then proceed to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.  Afterwards, we’re going to sit back and be entertained at uShaka Marine World, where the dolphin, seal and penguin shows are not only spectacular, but fun and light hearted too!

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Durban’s Golden Mile
  • Markets of Warwick
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Cable car ride (own account)
  • uShaka Marine World dolphin, seal and penguin shows

SANI PASS/LESOTHO TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Mon, Wed & Fri
between 06h30 & 06h45
Returns at +- 18h30
For those with a sense of adventure, a 4x4 drive up the highest road pass in Africa will certainly provide you with a hefty dose of adrenalin. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with its breathtaking scenery. From Durban, we drive through the green hills of the Midlands towards the little country town of Underberg. Here, our 4x4 vehicle awaits us...the only form of transport equipped to tackle Sani Pass! You’ll have your passport stamped as we enter the Kingdom of Lesotho, and we stop at a nearby Sotho Village for you to enjoy a taste of the local culture. Lunch is served at the highest pub in Africa – truly – and, it stands to reason, the views are utterly breath-taking. Once you’ve recovered your breath, we wind down the Pass very slowly, and wind our way gently back to Durban. You’ll certainly have had a day filled with altitude!  A passport is required & visa conditions may apply.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Midlands Meander
  • Underberg
  • 4x4 Sani Pass experience
  • Sotho village
  • Lunch

ISANDLWANA & RORKE'S DRIFT TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Wed, Fri
between 06h15 & 06h45
Returns at +- 19h30
Historians will love it for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is for you too – it’s both a thriller and a drama. KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heart-wrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British Armies took place. We visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. Our tour includes lunch, and we wind our way home thereafter through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of
Kwazulu Natal.  *A specialist Battlefield Guide is available at a surcharge on request.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Isandlwana
  • Rorke’s Drift
  • Lunch

SHAKALAND TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Tue, Thu & Sat
between 08h30 & 08h45
Returns at +- 16h30
Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand, look into the future with an iSangoma or traditional healer...all this and more, packed into one exhilarating day. We’ve laid on some traditional Zulu beer for you to sample, while the craftsmen and community who make the spears, shields, beadwork, pots and their huts, open their doors so you can witness their skills and artistry. The Zulu dancers will thrill with their grace and energy, and we’ve made sure you’re treated to a most satisfying lunchtime feast! Come live a day in the life of a traditional community – you’ll find it informative and a far cry from anything you’ve ever experienced!

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Zulu kraal
  • iSangoma or traditional healer
  • Sample Zulu beer
  • Discover Zulu skills and artistry
  • Zulu dancing
  • Lunch

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Mon, Wed & Fri
between 06h30 & 06h45
Returns at +-18h30
This magnificent Big Five game park is not only home to 84 species of game, but it’s the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, world-renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme. A day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park doesn’t stop at the thrill of searching for the Big Five, but the hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the Reserve and your camera is going to love it. We’ve arranged lunch at the lofty Hilltop Camp – or similar – and it’ll give you a chance to check how close your bird count has come to the 425 listed birds in the Park. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is Kwazulu-Natal’s pride and joy, and after your visit, you’ll understand why.  

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Big Five game drive
  • Lunch