Tips to make your Family Holiday in Durban Perfect


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Published 21 March 2024


Dreaming of sun-soaked shores and endless family fun? Look no further than Durban, South Africa's coastal gem! From golden beaches to thrilling attractions, Durban promises a memorable family beach holiday, even if you've visited before.


We know it’s lekker by the sea and that Durbs is always a popular choice, so here's a handy guide to planning the perfect family beach holiday in Durban.

Let’s start with the basics. You’ll need a place to stay:

Durban boasts an array of family-friendly accommodations catering to every need and budget. Whether you prefer the vibrant atmosphere of Umhlanga or the laid-back charm of Amanzimtoti, there's a perfect spot for your family to call home during your stay.

Consider options like Blue Waters Hotel, Tropicana Hotel, or one of the many self-catering apartments along the coastline that provide comfort and convenience for your beach retreat.

Next, you'll want to get out. Here are some tips on exploring:

Set off on a coastal adventure starting from Umhlanga, famed for its picturesque beaches and bustling promenade. Spend a day at Umhlanga Rocks, where you can soak up the sun, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront and indulge in delectable seaside dining. Then pop in at Durban's famous "Golden Mile" where a lively atmosphere, offering amusement parks, vibrant markets and endless stretches of sandy shores await you to explore.

For a more serene experience, venture to Amanzimtoti or Scottburgh, where the beaches are a little more laid-back and family-friendly tidal pools beckon to be investigated. Look for hermit crabs, find little fish and play with the sea anemones.


So much to do, so little time. How to plan your itinerary:

Our experts suggest you plan your days in Durban with a mix of beachside bliss and exciting activities. Start with a relaxing beach day at Umhlanga Rocks, followed by an exhilarating visit to uShaka Marine World, where you can encounter marine life up close and enjoy thrilling water rides.

Take a journey to the top of Moses Mabhida Stadium for breathtaking views of the city, then unwind amidst the botanical beauty of Durban Botanic Gardens. Try your hand at surfing, enjoy a shopping spree at Gateway Theatre of Shopping and of course, don't forget to indulge in a beach picnic with the family.

If you’re beached out, there are plenty of other things to see and do beyond the shoreline:

When you're ready for a break from the sand and surf, Durban offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions. Explore the cultural heritage of the city at museums like the KwaMuhle Museum or embark on an adventure at nature reserves like Paradise Valley Nature Reserve or Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

Sample local cuisine at bustling markets or embark on a scenic train journey aboard the Umgeni Steam Railway for a unique perspective of the city.

Take a traditional rickshaw ride along the beachfront, marvelling at the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. With its ideal location, friendly atmosphere, and abundance of amenities, Durban promises a great stay for families seeking sun, sea, and endless adventure.

Things to do with kids in Durban if you can't go to the beach:

uShaka Marine World:

Dive into a world of aquatic adventure at uShaka Marine World, Durban's premier marine theme park. This expansive complex features an array of water-based attractions, including thrilling water slides, a lazy river, and a giant wave pool.

Families can explore the wonders of the ocean at the massive aquarium, home to thousands of marine creatures. Don't miss the daily dolphin and seal shows, where talented performers showcase the intelligence and agility of these magnificent animals. With its vibrant atmosphere and endless entertainment options, uShaka Marine World promises a day of fun for visitors of all ages.


Wet 'n Wild at uShaka Marine World:

For adrenaline-pumping water thrills, head to Wet 'n Wild, the water park within uShaka Marine World. Here, you'll find a variety of exhilarating slides and rides, including the iconic "Mamba Tunnel Slide" and the heart-pounding "Torpedo."

Kids can splash around in the dedicated children's play area, complete with miniature slides and interactive water features. Whether you're seeking high-speed excitement or leisurely relaxation, Wet 'n Wild offers something for everyone amidst its tropical surroundings.

Gateway's Wavehouse:

Located at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Wavehouse is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and families alike. The centrepiece of the park is its exhilarating wave pool, where visitors can catch the perfect wave or learn to surf under the guidance of expert instructors.

Thrill-seekers can test their skills on the FlowRider, a simulated surfing attraction that replicates the excitement of riding ocean waves. Afterwards, relax on the sandy beach or enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants overlooking the action.

Minitown Mini Water Park:

Perfect for younger children, Minitown Mini Water Park is a charming oasis nestled within Durban's Minitown amusement park. This pint-sized water park features a variety of interactive water play structures, including gentle slides, water sprays, and shallow pools.

Parents can relax in the shaded seating areas while keeping an eye on their little ones as they splash and play. With its whimsical theme and safe, supervised environment, Minitown Mini Water Park offers a delightful aquatic experience for the whole family.


Which beaches in Durban are ideal for families with children?

When travelling with the kiddos, Durban's beaches cater to families with their safe swimming conditions and abundance of activities. Whether you're building sandcastles, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, or simply soaking up the sun, beaches like Umhlanga Rocks and Durban's "Golden Mile" provide endless opportunities for family fun, while Amanzimtoti and Scottburgh offer quieter alternatives, perfect for a peaceful day by the sea.

Durban: where every heart finds its beat.

Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, you can be sure that a visit to Durban will allow you to immerse yourself in its vibrant culture by exploring its diverse neighbourhoods, sampling delicious street food, and attending local events and festivals.

Don't miss the chance to visit iconic landmarks like Durban City Hall or experience the thrill of a traditional Zulu dance performance. With its warm hospitality and rich heritage, Durban invites you to create lasting memories with your family.

What’s stopping you? Speak to one of our experts today and start planning your Durban family adventure.

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