Get active in Durban

Kayaking in Durban, South Africa

In a country which is already fitness conscious (Virgin Active began in South Africa), Durban stands out with its special blend of sports and wildlife.

Kayaking in Durban, South Africa

Skip Cape Town and Johannesburg and head east to explore KwaZulu-Natal and its capital Durban.

This vibrant coastal city is designed for those who love being active and being around animals.

You shouldn’t be surprised if dolphins swim alongside you while sea kayaking, for example. Other watersports, like surfing, kiteboarding and windboarding, are also a big part of living here.

Cycling is an integral to city-life here too – the local police even do their patrols by bike – and you can rent bikes all along the coast to explore it like a local.

There are lots of ways to stay active in the surrounding regions too. Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve offers rock climbing and mountain biking while at one of the biggest private reserves, Thanda, you can book bush walks with the guides in between your game drives.

It helps that if and when you do find yourself feeling too tired to do anything active, you can unwind in the city’s award-winning spas.

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