27 Free Things to Do in Durban Things to Do in Durban on a budget


Here are 27 activities to tickle your travel bug and make the most of your time in the capital of KwaZulu-natal – Durban.

Wondering if Durban is worth visiting? Well, budgets today just aren’t what they used to be, especially entertainment-wise. However, you don’t need a lot of money to enjoy yourself when you travel to Durban, a coastal town in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa.

In fact, you barely need any money at all. With our list of free activities below, all you will need to worry about is transport, accommodation and food, thus making Durban an inexpensive holiday choice for you, your family and friends.

27 Free Things to Do in Durban Things to Do in Durban on a budget27 Free Things to Do in Durban Things to Do in Durban on a budget27 Free Things to Do in Durban Things to Do in Durban on a budget

Here are a few free things you can do that won’t burn your wallet when you travel to Durban.

  1. Take a stroll on the Golden Mile
  2. Take a stroll on the winding paths running through the Durban Botanic Gardens
  3. Spend the day in the sun on the beach with good company
  4. Take selfies with friends on one of Durban’s exquisite piers and settle down for a drink while watching the sunset
  5. Watch the Skycar take adrenaline junkies to the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium
  6. Create your own city tour and visit the Emmanuel Cathedral and Jumma Mosque
  7. See what the colourful Victoria Street Market has to offer
  8. Visit the tourism office to find out about museums offering free entry and take advantage
  9. Delve into Indian culture and history at the Durban Cultural and Documentation Centre
  10. Travel back in time to the Francis Farewell Square
  11. There’s a Japanese Garden on Tinsley Road that will make for a very relaxing outing
  12. Indulge your cultural side with a tour of Morningside’s Artisan Contemporary Gallery
  13. Swim in the ocean
  14. Take an early morning jog on the beach and enjoy the sunrise afterwards
  15. There’s a swamp waiting to be explored at the Beachwood Mangroves Nature reserve
  16. Browse the curious offerings at the Wonder Market in Umhlanga
  17. The Musgrave Rooftop Market takes place on the first Friday of every month
  18. The whole food night market offers a curious market experience
  19. The Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking trail is easy enough for the entire family to enjoy
  20. Spend a Saturday at the artfully reconstructed railway workshop turned shopping centre called “The Workshop”
  21. Just chill at the Snake Park beach
  22. Why spend money on uShaka Marine World when you can just enjoy the day at uShaka Beach?
  23. Channel your inner 70s and rollerblade your way through Durban
  24. Go cycling through the city or along the beach
  25. Go surfing on South Beach if you have a board at hand
  26. Have a look at the fresh produce available at the Golden Hours Family Market
  27. Spend some alone time on Addington Beach famed for being sparsely occupied most of the time


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