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Things to do in Durban if you have a Durban King Shaka Airport Layover or Extended Durban King Shaka Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Durban King Shaka Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Durban.LayoverIdeas.com.

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King Shaka Airport is located very close to the coastline and so many of the best activities are centred around these locations. Durban and the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality areas has something to offer everyone from the Botanical Gardens to the Science Museum and everything in between. With so much to choose from why not visit one of the places that will give you a real feeling for the Zulu Kingdom.

uShaka Marine World

A trip to Durban would not be complete without a visit to the Aqua Park and Sea World. The amazing array of beautiful underwater kingdoms offers visitors a bird's eye view of some of the most interesting oceanic inhabitants imaginable. You can indulge in fine dining in the hull of an amazingly realistic wrecked ship, or have a quick bite to eat while you wonder around visiting the different creatures. There are also twice daily dolphin and seal shows which are certainly worth a visit. If you are at uShaka on a hot day you can get some thrills on the water slides or float lazily round the moat on a tyre tube to help you cool off and unwind.

Suncoast Casino

If you fancy your chances on the slot machines or want to try your luck at the tables, Suncoast Casino offers a truly African gambling experience. Once you have spent your limit, or to celebrate a bit of a win, you have a number of eateries to choose from where you can quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger. If you feel like a bit of fresh air, Suncoast Casino has a private beach where you can enjoy the sun, sea and sand before heading on to your next destination.

The Beach

It would be a real crime to miss a visit to the beach anywhere along the KwaZulu Natal coastline and, as DUR Durban King Shaka International Airport is a stones throw from Umdhloti beach, there is no excuse. With calm waters and plenty of rock pools, this stretch of coastline is fantastic for people wanting a refreshing dip without being dunked by big waves. If it is waves you are after, then no more than 20km down the freeway is Umhlanga beach where you will find surfers gathering to make the most of those white horses. With golden sands and blue flag beaches it is no wonder Durban is known for its coastal areas.

Flag Animal Farm

Traveling with young children can mean hours of stress and drama, but if you arrive in Durban with time to kill, you will find no end of child friendly activities to keep your little ones happy. One of the most relaxing things you can do with little kids is to take them to the Flag Animal Farm at Salt Rock near Ballito. This animal farm is in a stunning location with well cared for critters and a happy and friendly staff who will keep your children entertained for hours with milking demos, pony rides and interesting animals to interact with. There is also a café where you can enjoy a meal in the shade of big trees, which is incredibly relaxing and satisfying.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the King Shaka Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Durban Attractions

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Durban City Sightseeing TourDuration:
3 hours
USD 36.58
Experience Durban, a city of contrasts on the Durban City Sightseeing Tour. Shaped by the early Colonial settlers, see the city has developed from the indigenous Zulu population and the Indians who arrived as indentured laborers in the 19th Century.

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Ushaka Marine World in Durban

Ushaka Marine World in DurbanDuration:
3 hours
USD 48.63
Durban's world class saltwater aquarium, Ushaka Marine World will have young and old delighted! With over 30 indoor and outdoor exhibits, Ushaka Marine World includes a variety of marine life - see a dolphin, penguin and seal show, and marvel at the intelligence of these animals.

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Durban City Sightseeing Tour with Ushaka Marine World

Durban City Sightseeing Tour with Ushaka Marine WorldDuration:
8 hours
USD 77.04
Discover the highlights of the city of Durban, with the morning dedicated to showing you the cultural and historical contrasts of this city.

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Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

Shakaland - Zulu Cultural CenterDuration:
8 hours
USD 117.93
Visit an authentic Zulu kraal, Shakaland, and watch the day to day activities of the people of this village. Learn the A to Z of Zulu life from the people living it. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the kraal and watch the Zulus perform their local tribal dancing.

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Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of Lesotho

Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of LesothoDuration:
12 hours
USD 163.55
Leave Durban and travel through the Natal Midlands to Himeville. Hop into a four wheel drive vehicle and enter Lesotho via the Sani Pass, where you will visit a Sotho Village and interact with the locals of this neighborhood. Travel to Sani Pass Top Chalet for lunch before returning to Durban after a full day of exploring.

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari

Hluhluwe Game Reserve SafariDuration:
12 hours
USD 163.55
Spend a day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Located in the heart of Zululand, this huge, well managed reserve is home to 84 species of game and an impressive variety of bird species. It is also home to the magnificent 'Big Five' - lions, buffaloes, rhinos, elephant and leopards, as well as cheetahs, giraffes, zebra, blue wildebeests, spotted hyenas and wild dogs.

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Last Updated: 19 May 2015