Things to see and do with kids in Durban

Durban Kids Attractions

Durban is a fun and entertaining destination for those travelling with children.

The famous Golden Mile beachfront offers gentle waves for kids to splash around in, and wading pools for those too little to venture deep. Durban's coastline is protected by shark nets, making the ocean very safe. There are usually some funfair rides and other fun distractions along the beachfront, including the old gondola which allows a view of the beach from above. Minitown in North Beach is another way to get a bird's eye view of the city, with miniaturised versions of buildings and landmarks to wander through. uShaka Marine World gives children an exciting educational experience in its massive aquarium, and you can let them let loose in the Wet 'n Wild Water Park with its numerous exciting water slides. Be sure to pack sunscreen though, as the Durban sun can be brutal, especially in the summer months.

Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga has much to offer for children of all ages, and ensures there's a lot to do in Durban for kids and teenagers, with a massive indoor climbing wall, and a skate park designed by Tony Hawk, among other things. It also boasts an IMAX theatre, ten-pin bowling, a video arcade, indoor carnival rides, and go-kart racing. Gateway is the best place to head with kids on a rainy day.

For a relaxed afternoon picnic, the Durban Botanic Gardens are a scenic oasis in the middle of town, or you can visit the manicured Mitchell Park, which has a restaurant and tea garden, a small and slightly dilapidated zoo, and a playground that features a special area specifically designed for handicapped children.

Mini Town

This knee-high miniature replica of Durban makes a great outing for families and kids of all ages. Located on Durban's…

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Natal Sharks Board

For something fun and educational, take the kids to the Natal Sharks Board, just nine miles (15km) north of Durban, in…

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Umgeni River Bird Park

The Umgeni River Bird Park has had a dramatic history in recent years, closed down very reluctantly by its owners due…

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uShaka Marine World

In January 2004 Sea World closed its doors to the public and reopened as uShaka Marine World, which has become the largest…

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