5 fun outdoor family activities on a budget in Durban

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 17 January 2022

Summer is now in full swing, and what better way to take advantage of the sunshine than to spend the day outdoors with your family? We compiled a list of family activities in Durbs, perfect for a weekend outing. And don’t worry, we’ve taken budgetary concerns into account.

1. Picnic at Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens is known as Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden. It was established in 1849 primarily for the cultivation of vegetables and fruits. Since then, it’s evolved into an important botanical station, gaining global recognition through its research, plant collection, and educational outreach.

In addition to picturesque scenery, they have numerous special plant collections, such as orchids, palms, and cycads. They also have a butterfly habitat garden to promote the growth of various species.

Informal picnics are allowed at the gardens, and entry is free! A picnic basket can easily be filled with things already in your house, making this the cheapest option on this list.

Contact details: 068 598 1396

Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea.

2. Marvel over Minitown

Minitown is exactly what the name implies, a miniature model of various buildings in Durban. Visit Minitown to experience your Godzilla moment, and to marvel at the small structures.

Rates: Tickets for children are R30, and tickets for adults are R40. For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact details: 072 800 5988

Address: 114 Snell Parade, North Beach.

3. Explore Durban Funworld

​This iconic beachfront amusement park is a staple for families on vacations. They provide both safe and secure entertainment for persons of all ages.

The Elephant Ride or the Carousel is perfect for the little ones, whereas older kids can enjoy the Swingboat. The Cable Car is suited for all and provides a scenic bird’s-eye view of the glorious Durban beachfront.

Rates: There is no entry fee for Funworld, however, you do pay per ride. For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact details: 065 945 8208

Address: 78 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach.

4. Eat your heart out at I Heart Market

I Heart Market is hosted monthly at Durban’s famous Moses Mabhida Stadium. In support of shopping local, all products are locally produced, handcrafted, repurposed or upcycled items.

This market boasts one-of-a-kind creations, with activities for people of all ages. They also promote affordable prices, so that everyone can take a little something home from the market. There is no entry fee, and since the market only takes place on the first Saturday of every month, so don’t miss it!

Contact details: [email protected]

Address: Albert Terrace &, Camperdown Rd, Durban Point.

5. Laze on the canal with Zulumoon Gondolas

Escape the city’s hubbub with a relaxing trip down the scenic Durban canal. There’s not much more that can be said about this other than to add it to your bucket list!

You will be received by a gondolier at the dock. Then, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

Rates: From R120 per couple. For more information, click here.

Contact details: 084 730 8784

Address: 39 Timeball Blvd, Durban Point Waterfront Canal.

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