Most people think of Durban as a destination limited to sunny days on one of our many, beautiful beaches. We all know though, that the weather everywhere in the world is unpredictable and often does not play along with vacation plans or itineraries. Luckily, those who are of the opinion that Durban can only be enjoyed basking in the sun or dipping your toes in the Indian ocean, are completely wrong. Durban has much to offer our visitors – even on those wet and wintery days.
Here are a few ideas:
Under The Sea
If the sea is what you wanted in Durban, then it’s what you should get. However, navigating the ocean on a chilly, rainy day may not be your idea of fun. You can still get close to the ocean, take in its secrets and get acquainted with sea life but from a different perspective. uShaka Sea World‘s Aquarium is the world’s 5th largest aquarium where you can find dolphins, reef fish, sharks and a whole host of other sea life cruise through waters designed around sunken shipwrecks. At uShaka Sea World, it really is an adventure, with dolphin shows, seal shows, penguin presentations, shark dives, ray feeds and so much more! Sea World is open daily from 09:00am to 17:00pm.
Durban is home to the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Gateway Theatre of shopping is exactly that – a wonder world of shopping under one very dry roof! It is “the ultimate fashion, entertainment and dining destination in Durban. The shopping centre offers over 390 stores, 70 eateries and a range of exciting entertainment. Visitors to Gateway are truly spoilt for choice!
But Gateway is definitely not Durban’s only shopping treasure. Other shopping malls that have just as much on offer include:
- The Pavilion
- uShaka Village Walk
- La Lucia Mall
- Wilson’s Wharf
- Cornubia will be opening on 28 September 2017 for future rainy days!
For the more active visitors or locals out there, visit the awesome skateboarding park, designed by the great Tony Hawkes, at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. It offers a concrete snake run, a beginners area, a rhythm ramp, a vertical ramp, a pro-street course and a kidney bowl. In all there is 4,000 square metres of skate-boarding park to enjoy. The Skate Park is open Mon-Thu: 09h00 to 19h00, Fri-Sat: 09h00 to 21h00 and Sun: 09h00 to 18h00. Contact Tel: +27 (0)31 570 9200
Durban has two excellent up-to-date ice rinks – the Galleria Ice Rink at the Galleria Shopping Mall in Amanzimtoti and the Durban Ice Arena at 81 Somtseu Road. This is a great way to while a way of couple of hours and if you have children this will hopefully keep them occupied for a while.
Catch the latest Movie Release
Why not catch up on the latest movies on circuit with an extra large box of popcorn and a beverage of your choice? Durban has movie theatres scattered all over the city so getting to the closest one should be quick and simple. Some of the movie theatres include:
- Ster Kinekor Musgrave
- Suncoast Cine Centre
- Cinema Screen Entertainment CC
- Nu Mero The Pavilion Shopping Centre
- Ster Kinekor Gateway
- Cinema Nouveau Gateway
- Ster Kinekor Durban Central – The Workshop
Get the adrenaline going and get rid of any pent-up energy by visiting one of Durban’s indoor trampoline parks. Jump4Joy in Durban North is one of them and priced at R90 per one-hour jump session it is the ideal way to spend a rainy morning, afternoon or evening in Durban. They offer free entrance for non-jumpers so if you’re not into getting the blood pumping, watch the others while indulging in a delicious Illy cappuccino and a Pizza Boys pizza. Book online to avoid disappointment as sessions sell out fast.
Also check out 22JumpStreet Indoor Entertainment Centre at Ballito Junction.
Brush up on Culture
Durban has a number of museums and art galleries that are open to visitors, catering for a wide variety of interests and genres. Some of the include:
- Pansi Museum
- Natural Science Museum
- Port Natal Maritime Museum
- Kwa Muhle Museum
- African Art Centre
- The Campbell Collections
- Old Courthouse Museum
- Bergtheil Museum
- Durban Art Gallery
- NSA Gallery
There are so many to choose from and many even have quaint coffee shops where you can enjoy a scrumptious meal, a good glass of wine or a steaming latté.
Fun, Fun and more Fun
If Tenpin Bowling, Spin Zone Bumper cars, Glow Mini-Golf, Lazer Maze, X-rider 4D Theatre and much more feels like the ideal way to spend a rainy day in Durban, you should take a drive to Galleria Shopping Mall’s Fun Company in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban.
Eat – of course
Durban has hundreds of amazing restaurants scattered all over the city and surrounding suburbs catering for every taste bud under the sun. For a list of restaurants to choose from visit www.restaurants.co.za to make your choice.
Whatever you decide to do on a rainy day in Durbs, remember that the weather is sure to return to its sunny self and pretty soon you will be able to soak up the sun yet again! Enjoy!
What can you add to the list to do on a rainy day in Durban? Leave your suggestions in the comments.