15 Things to Do in Durban on a Budget This Summer

by Staff Reporter

As a student, summer breaks are the perfect opportunity to explore and have a blast without breaking the bank. 

If you find yourself in Durban, we’ve got you covered with a list of cost-friendly activities that are both fun and affordable!

Without further ado, here are 15 things to do in Durban on a budget this summer.

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1. Explore the uShaka Marine World

Dive into a world of aquatic wonders at uShaka Marine World. Prices range depending on the activity and section of the park you’d like to experience. 

For example, if you’d like to enjoy mesmerising marine life at Seaworld, then you can expect to pay R214. If you’re looking for thrilling water slides at Wet N’ Wild, you’ll need to pay R204. Students who would like to explore the wonders of the tropical aquarium in Durban can expect to pay R110.

Price: R110 – R214

2. Ride the People Mover for a City Tour

Hop on the Durban People Mover for an affordable city tour. For just R15, you can explore key attractions, from the beachfront to the city centre, making it a convenient and budget-friendly way to see the city.

Price: R15 for a day pass

3. Get Educated at the Natal Sharks Board

If you want to have fun and learn something interesting without spending too much money, check out the Natal Sharks Board in Durban.

The Natal Sharks Board works to keep people safe from sharks while they’re swimming. They also offer an edutainment space for individuals interested in learning more about sharks. That’s right, you can discover more about these predatory creatures by watching a live shark being dissected before your very eyes!

To be part of the shark dissection, students just need to pay R60. This payment covers a 26-minute lesson about sharks, and then you get to see a real shark being dissected.

To get your tickets, go to the Natal Sharks Board in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Keep in mind that you can’t book tickets online, so make sure to plan your visit in person.

Price: R60

durban botanic gardens

4. Stroll Through the Durban Botanic Gardens

Escape the hustle and bustle by spending a day at the Durban Botanic Gardens. With zero entrance free, you can enjoy the tranquillity of lush greenery, and beautiful landscapes and even spot some resident ducks.

Grab your friends and have a picnic, read on the grass or even take a walk through the beautiful gardens as you explore the bounty Durban Botanic Gardens has to offer.

Price: Free

5. Beach Day at North Beach

Durban’s North Beach offers the perfect setting for a day of sun, sea and sand. This means that you, your friends and family can soak up the sun and take a dip in the ocean—all for free! Just remember to wear lots of sunblock, because the Durban sun is no joke. 

Price: Free

6. Visit the KwaMuhle Museum

Delve into Durban’s history at the KwaMuhle Museum, where entrance is absolutely free. Gain insights into the city’s past through interactive exhibits and informative displays.

Notably, the KwaMuhle Museum houses HIV and Apartheid displays, which exemplify an important part of South African history. The museum is a great option if you’re looking to learn more about our country’s rich history while on a budget.

Price: Free

warwick junction in durban

7. Embark on a Street Food Adventure in Warwick Junction

Warwick Junction lies at the heart of Durban and is currently the only informally structured market in a public space of its magnitude. With 9 various markets, there is plenty to explore as a student when heading out to Warwick Junction

Beyond the arts and crafts, music, clothing and entertainment found at Warwick Junction, you’ll be able to experience the vibrant flavours of Durban by exploring the street food scene. With various budget-friendly options, you can savour local delicacies without breaking the bank.

Price: Varies according to your choices

8. Catch a Movie at Suncoast Cinecentre

For a classic movie night, head to Suncoast Cinecentre. Tickets are reasonably priced at no more than R100, providing an affordable cinema experience.

You can find prices for the full list of movie tickets for the Suncoast Cinecentre cinema in Durban below:


2D Movies

3D Movies




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9. Discover Durban's Street Art Scene in Station Drive

Take a walk through Station Drive and immerse yourself in Durban’s burgeoning street art scene. The colourful murals and urban art installations offer a free and visually captivating experience.

Note: Always be safe and do not go out alone or at night! There is safety in numbers, so be sure to go out with friends or family members. You can find tips on how to be safe on the streets here.

Price: Free

10. Experience the Mini-Town Charm at Mini Town

Always wanted to feel like a giant? Then be sure to visit Mini Town where the entrance fee is just a mere R40 for adults. Marvel at miniature replicas of famous landmarks, providing a unique and budget-friendly outing.

Price: R40 per person

11. Picnic at Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park provides a serene setting for a budget-friendly picnic. Pack your snacks, enjoy the company of peacocks and unwind amidst nature.

Price: Free

golden mile in durban

12. Explore the Golden Mile

If you’re looking for a relaxing and fun day at some of Durban’s best beaches, visiting the Golden Mile should be on your to-do list.

The best part is that it won’t cost you anything to enjoy the beautiful beaches along the Golden Mile. It’s a public space, and it’s free for students and everyone else! Whether you’re looking to go for a swim, take a walk, eat ice cream or rollerblade, there’s plenty to do.

Price: Free

13. Explore the Durban Natural Science Museum

Discover the wonders of science at the Durban Natural Science Museum absolutely free! That’s right, you can engage with interactive exhibits and broaden your knowledge at no additional cost to you. All you need to bring is your thirst for knowledge and walking shoes. 

Price: Free

Go on A Wild Adventure at Phezulu Safari Park

14. Go on A Wild Adventure at Phezulu Safari Park

Whether you’re looking to go on a wild safari game drive or try your hand at Zulu dancing, there’s plenty to explore at the Phezulu Safari Park. While some activities may have small fees, the overall experience offers a budget-friendly encounter with nature.

You can check out the prices at the Phezulu Safari Park below:

Zulu Dancing

Reptile Park

Segway Tour

Safari Game Drive

Kids (under 12): R110

Kids (under 12): R60

30 minutes: R150

Kids: R150

Kids Combo (Zulu Dancing and Reptile Park): R160

Adults: R70

1 hour: R250

Adults: R250

Adults: R160

2 hours: R700

Adults Combo: Zulu Dancing and Reptile Park: R220

15. Catch a Thrill with Big Rush Urban Adrenaline

This one goes out to all the thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies! Make a note, because you won’t want to miss out on the Big Rush Urban Adrenaline experience. Feel the wind pounding through your hair as you hurtle down 106 metres and straight into the centre of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. That’s right, you’ll be jumping all the way from the top of the stadium and from South Africa’s largest stadium swing.

At R695, you’ll have one whole hour booked to accommodate 10 people. To make this a budget-friendly trip, grab your best friends, split the cost 10 ways (R69.50 each) and catch the thrill of a lifetime! 

Price: R695

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