Relax in the shade of indigenous flowering trees in the parks, gardens and reserves of Durban.
Durban Botanical Gardens
Majestic palm trees, beautifully laid out parks and herb gardens galore. A large variety of bird species frequent the gardens. Have a picnic, watch the birds and just lie back and relax.
Oriental gardens with flower displays and ponds. Are especially tranquil and appealing to the early morning or evening stroller.
Fynn Road, Amanzimtoti,
Tel: 031-903 7498 / 903-7493
Mitchell Park and Zoo
With several well stocked aviaries and zoo, Mitchell Park is well known for its colourful and artistic display of flowers, shrubs and trees.
10 Ferndale Road, Morningside, Durban.
Open every day of the year
Tel: 031 - 312 2318
Umgeni River Bird Park
In Durban North situated on the banks of the Umgeni River, is the Umgeni Bird Park, which offers walkways and hides for close-up views of colourful birds from around the world.
Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary
A captivating self-guided trail winds through the forest. There are 3 hides from which one may see many of the 150 species of bird which visit the large expanse of open water in the Sanctuary.
Umdoni Road, Amanzimtoti.
Open daily from 6:00am to 18:00pm
Tel: 031- 903 7498
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
It is the spectacular meeting place of two river gorges, the Molweni and Nqutu. Zebra, different species of busk, monkey and over 200 species of birdlife. Plenty of nature walks.
152 Kloof Falls Road, Kloof - 26 km inland from Durban.
Turn off the R613 at Kloof Station turn-off, cross the railway bridge, turn immediately left, turn left again at the t-junction, then right into Kloof Falls Road and continue until after the Emolweni river is crossed, to the entrance
Tel: (031) 764-3515
Stainbank Nature Reserve
Situated in Yellowwood Park. Zebras, monkeys, buck, bushbabies and birdlife are abundant. Choose from short 20 minute walks to long 3 hour trails.
Kenyon Howden Road, Yellowwood Park - 14 km from the city centre
New Germany Nature Reserve
A well-preserved area comprising remnant coastal bush, grassland and protea communities. A delightful reserve with various types of buck, birdlife and vegetation typical of the region.
From the N3 take the off-ramp to enter St Johns Road. Cross the bridge over the freeway then take the first turn to the right into old main road. Turn left into Eskom Road, then right into Mountain Ridge Road and left into Gilbert Drive, which leads into the reserve.
Palmiet Nature Reserve
Situated in the Palmiet River Valley around rugged krantzes. The reserve covers a wide range of vegetation from riverine forest along the Palmiet River to grassland on the upper slopes. There is abundant birdlife
From Durban on the M13, take the Rockdale-Jan Hofmeyr Road turn-off, go left over the bridge, continuing along Jan Hofmeyr Road for about 1,5 km. Just before the Westville hotel turn into David Mcclean drive on the right. The reserve entrance is at the bottom of this road on the right.
Paradise Valley Nature Reserve
Coastal Forests and remnant grasslands with the Umbilo River running through the reserve. Enjoy short walks, picnics and braais along the river banks.
From Durban on the N3 take the turn-off to Sarnia. Turn left immediately, and then follow this road to its end. Eden road, Pinetown.
Where to Stay
Durban Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the city.