Best Durban Tours available from Southern Circle

There are many interesting places to visit in Durban. Southern Circle offers affordable Zulu Battlefield Tours, as well as cultural tours in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Our safari guides will make the most of your Durban sightseeing trip. If you are looking for all inclusive holiday packages in Durban, you have come to the best tour operator in South Africa. A Durban holiday can be a day tour only, or you can treat yourself with a 15 day tour of Durban and other tourist attractions in the country. December holiday packages in this vibrant city are very popular and guests often opt for tours which include visits to the beach and a Durban Safari in the St. Lucia area. The surrounding Drakensberg Mountain Range continues to attract visitors from across the globe, along with the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 2-day safari.  With us, you can also book 1 Day Sani Pass Tours and explore Lesotho.

Durban tours are the most laidback way to visit South Africa’s surfing capital!

With that warm Indian Ocean and addictive tropical air, Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and our very own playground! It is a top holiday destination for locals, and each year the beaches are filled with excited swimmers and surfers looking to soak up the sun.

Durban is truly the jewel of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and sadly it is the one destination that many tourists skip altogether.  But to skip Durban is to miss out on a massive part of South African history and is described as ‘South Africa’s melting pot’ of cultures.

Although it is a bustling urban city, time spent here is generally best spent outdoors. There are a number of great places to hike and the endless beaches are the perfect excuse to spend the day a day in the sun. Dotted all along the beaches are tourist attractions, fantastic restaurants and numerous places to buy a few keepsakes.

Durban is a fascinating city. And the best way to see it all is to sign up for an exciting tour. Guided tours of Durban allow you to sit back, relax and be introduced to the city that has captivated many.

The city has a unique feel; the vibe here is relaxed and friendly. The vibrancy of the city is the result of the eclectic culture and people, characterised by a mix of Indians, Africans and those of European descent all living and working as a community. The culture here is unlike any other you’ll find in the country. Although the city is always on the move and has made its mark as a prominent business district, once the business day ends, residents head to the beaches, bars and restaurants to end their day the right way.

Dubbed the coolest city in South Africa, you can spend the day walking the waterfront flat, collecting souvenirs or you can explore Ushaka Marine World, the biggest aquarium in the country. For the more daring, there is the option of learning to surf, or, if you are spending more than a day in the city, snorkelling or diving is a must. A visit to Africa’s busiest shipping port is also something every guest should do. The Bay of Natal is one of the few natural harbours on the African East coast, and each day dozyns of ships pass through.

Those who make their lives in Durban very rarely leave. There is something magical about this gorgeous city, and you can discover the secrets of Durban with the right tour.

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Durban’s History in a Nutshell

The first European to touch ground in Durban was the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who happened to spot the natural bay on Christmas Day while seeking a trade route to India. Early on in its history, the port was a safe haven for merchants and passing ships.

The city of Durban was first founded in 1835 and was named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, the then governor of the Cape Colony. In the 1830s and 1840s, Durban became the battleground for power, with the Boers and the British both fighting for control over this very strategic point.

Long before this fight for power, while in British hands, the colony had frequent run-ins and trade relationships with the Zulu tribe.

By 1860, the sugar cane industry was taking off in and around Durban. The city and its surrounds were becoming a major economic district, but there were too few hands to keep the industry going. The Zulu’s, who had been mistreated by the British, were reluctant to work for them and so the colony “imported” workers from India. These indentured workers became the backbone for the success of the industry and worked the fields in their thousands.

Although Durban has had a tumultuous history, it is the history that has made the city what it is today. The mixture of cultures is unlike any you’ll find in our already highly diverse country.

Durban Highlights

With the near summer-like weather all year round and the Indian Ocean with it’s luke-warm water never too far away, you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime when experiencing a Durban tour. There is so much to do and see here, These are some of the exciting highlights awaiting you:

The Port of Durban

Officially opened in the 1840’s the Port of Durban is more than a tourist attraction; it’s the busiest working port on the African continent. In the earlier days, the port was mainly used to stock up on provisions and to carry out the necessary ship repairs on those ships caught up in the violent weather for which most of South Africa’s coastline is well-known for having. Up until the 1990s, this port was the only safe natural port on the East Coast of Africa, as Mozambique was embroiled in a civil war. To this day, there is much competition for shipping business between the Port of Durban and the Port of Maputo. The harbour also houses the busiest container depot in Africa!

Besides seeing a busy harbour in action, there are some great places to eat and heritage sites to visit.

uShaka Marine World

A fantastic family attraction, uShaka offers a great number of things to do. The aquarium is home to all sorts of marine creatures native to the South African coast, and it remains one of the best places to experience an interactive ocean-focused education.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

With a Big Swing allowing adventurers to jump 106 meters into the stadium, Segway tours with a guide who’ll fill you in on everything you ever wanted to know about the stadium, and an adventure walk across the stadium arch, a visit to the Moses Mabiba Stadium could be a full day tour.

One can also extend the segway tours gliding along the beachfront. The stadium hosts all kinds of sport and was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Shakaland

The cultural village 90 minutes north of  Durban is the perfect place to learn all about the fascinating history and the traditions of the Zulu people. Shakaland offers an interesting 3-hour tour, aptly called the Nandi Experience, named after Shaka Zulu’s mother. Guests will be guided through the village, see the Great Kraal and watch an audiovisual presentation on the life of Shaka. A visit to the sangoma (a traditional doctor), a drink of traditional Zulu beer in the company of the Chief and his wives, and a Zulu dance await!

Victoria Street Market

Nothing quite beats shopping at a street market and Durban has some of the very best! This market is in the heart of the Indian community and it features more than 160 stalls displaying goods from all across Asia.

We invite you to join us on a Durban tour. Book your tour today and explore one of South Africa’s lesser known tourist destinations.

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