Durban is the a great destination to visit during a cruise vacation if you want to experience some of the best highlights of South Africa. This coastal city boasts beautiful beaches, zoos, museums, nature reserves, and tons of exciting attractions. A few unique highlights of Durban include an innovative sports stadium, a beachfront casino complex, gondola rides, thrilling water/amusement parks, and a few nightlife hot spots. You can also discover a few open-air markets and religious sites, where you can easily get a taste of the local lifestyle. The city and surrounding area are easily navigable by taxi, which you should find to be a generally inexpensive mode of transport. While spending time in Durban, you can also enjoy some of the finest Indian cuisine, seasoned with authentic spices and flavored with adventure.
Depending on which cruise line you choose, cruises including Durban can range in length from as little as 2- to well over 20-nights, with a bunch of flexible options in between. A great time to visit Durban is between April and December, when you can expect a dry, ideal environment.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Durban. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Durban, along with a brief description:
♦ uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World is the top-rated attraction in Durban. Featuring over 40 acres and 8 different mini parks within, you can discover fun for the whole family here. The aquarium at uShaka Sea World features 32 tanks, shipwrecks, and a restaurant with a giant shark tank that takes up the whole wall (where else can you say you dined among the sharks?). You will also have the opportunity to snorkel with the fish or go shark cage diving. At uShaka Wet’n Wild, you can twist and turn down a bunch of thrilling water slides, including Africa’s highest slide with a 59-foot drop. Other areas of interest include uShaka Beach (direct beach access from the main amusement park), uShaka Villlage Walk (a recreated African village with restaurants, shops, and cafes), uShaka Dangerous Creatures (home to many exotic animals), and Chimp & Zee (an exciting rope park).
♦ Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World is certain to captivate your senses with its many attractions! Whether you’re looking to eagerly roll the dice or pull the slot reel in the casino, hang out in the beach bar, bask in the sun on the semi-private beach, or do dinner and movie, you can do all of that and more. Plus, there are two attached hotels where you can book and a room to stay for as long as you want!
♦ Paradise Valley
While Durban is filled with many incredible nature reserves, one of the best ones to visit is Paradise Valley. Tap into your inner-adventurer as you explore various hiking trails, a stream, a beautiful waterfall, and plenty of relaxing, open space where you can enjoy a picnic. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you will discover tons of breathtaking photo opportunities!
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