Custom Tours : South Africa : KwaZulu-Natal – Durban

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Durban’s Golden beaches, azure skies, an average sea temperature of 19℃ in winter… What more could you ask for on a “winter” holiday? Whilst the rest of South Africa can get very cold over this time, Durban’s average 320 sunny days ensures that we get to experience the beauty of our sub-tropical climate all year round. Winter is our dry season, also the time of year that you’ll get to experience the best surf. No need to bring your wetsuit along with you, but be sure to bring your sun-block! Along our almost 100 km of gorgeous beaches you’ll find people chilling on the beach, soaking up the rays or playing in the waves. Oh yes, and there’s kite surfing, beach volleyball, jet skiing, paddle boat rides, to name but a couple of other activities to keep you busy.  Durban is an exciting city in which to play, shop, experience the nightlife and to relax.

No trip to Durban would be complete without a visit to uShaka Marine World, the largest oceanarium in the Southern hemisphere.  Overlooking the Indian Ocean, its award-winning design recreates a series of sunken ships, and has a mind-boggling variety of marine life on display.  Interactive exhibits include a snorkel lagoon where you can immerse yourself in the reef tank and snorkel with the fish.  Regular dolphin and seal shows delight young and old alike.  The more adventurous can explore the shark tank at close quarters, from the safety of a steel cage.  If that sounds too risky, why not visit the Cargo Hold restaurant and enjoy some fine seafood as the sharks glide past?  The restaurant has windows onto the shark tank. And that’s just the Oceanarium! uShaka’s Wet & Wild World is a freshwater adventure featuring sparkling pools and water slides ranging from the gentle ‘lazy river’ which meanders past the uShaka marine tanks or the heart stopping ‘Kamikaze’, ‘Mamba’ or ‘Squid’, to name a few – it’s thrills and spills aplenty for the whole family.  While deciding which slide to try next, relax on a lounger overlooking the pools, with the Indian Ocean right on your doorstep!

The breathtaking Valley of a Thousand Hills is an exciting component of Durban and South Africa’s province of KwaZulu-Natal – the Kingdom of the Zulu. The Valley of 1000 Hills is one of those few holiday destinations that has something for everyone. Unspoilt nature, wildlife, magnificent scenery, wining and dining, and warm country hospitality just a half an hour’s drive from the centre of Durban. The area is named after the thousands of hills which tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River, which flows from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the warm inviting Indian Ocean.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) is a service organization that protects beach users in KwaZulu-Natal against shark attack. It has over forty years’ experience in prevention of shark attack and research on sharks. Its staff act as consultants throughout the world and are willing to advise anyone with a shark attack problem. The KZNSB supports and promotes the conservation of sharks. Visit the only organization of its kind in the world and learn about sharks and the prevention of shark attack.