Durban can hold its own with other cities in South Africa as far as things to do and has been getting praise by tourists for awhile now. But while the city can entertain you to your heart’s content, sometimes you want to get out of the urban environment and relax. Here are five stress-busting weekend getaways from Durban.
Take a train
If you want to get out of the city without driving or flying, why not go on a train ride? The Umgeni Steam Train leaves Durban every first and last Sunday of the month taking travelers to the small town of Inchanga. The train is one of the favorites of Durban’s railways and also makes a great option for entertaining kids as they will enjoy riding through the countryside. Once you get there, kick back at the Inchanga Ranch for a few days of relaxation. A stop at the Inchanga Tea Garden and Museum is also a nice way to enjoy the day while exploring the railway yard.
You don’t have to get that far out of the city to get to Durban’s amazing snorkeling spots — nor do you have to break the bank. Several companies in the area offer affordable packages to get to some of the best dive spots in Southern Africa such as Dolphin Reef, Limestone Reef, and the Cooperlight Wreck. Check out the Calypso Dive Centre and Umhlanga Scuba for more information and equipment rental.
Go on a mini safari
Head northwest of Durban for about half an hour and you’ll end up in pheZulu Safari Park. Not only can you check out a crocodile show and marvel at the indigenous snakes, you can also immerse yourself in a Zulu cultural experience. Guests can get insight into the Zulu culture by visiting the thatch huts and also catch a lively show of impressive dancers in traditional garb.
Take in some history
If you’re willing to travel a bit further afield, you can explore some of the biggest battle sites to ever take place in South Africa. Book a room at the Battlefields Country Lodge, where you’ll be right next to the initial battle between the Boer and British soldiers. You can also explore Zulu battle sites at Rorke’s Drift and Blood River. The lodge works closely with tour guides in the area that will show you all the best spots and entertain you with interesting information. If you aren’t a history buff, just head to the countryside and enjoy the fantastic nature on horseback.
Play some golf
Head north up the coast to Prince’s Grant Golf Estate for a relaxing weekend hitting majestic links that overlook the ocean. The golf course was constructed by Peter Matkovich and is laid out over the Indian Ocean with majestic views of the water and coastal forest. It’s ranked as one of the best courses in South Africa and can be played year round due to its warm winters. Even if you’re not into golf, you’re sure to enjoy the beautiful nature in the area.
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This article was originally published on June 11, 2015.