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20 Ways to Have Fun on Your Birthday in Durban

20 Ways to Have Fun on Your Birthday in Durban

Wondering what to do for your birthday while in Durban? No stress–this lively city has something for everyone, whether you love nature, culture, or adventure. 

From beach strolling to market explorations, endless fun awaits you! Check out our list of the best ways to celebrate your special day in this lovely South African city.

Bargain for souvenirs at Victoria Street Market

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Address: 151/155 Victoria St, Durban Central, Durban

Phone: 031 306 402

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday – 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM

Victoria Street Market is the spot to hit up for a birthday celebration with a twist. With over 200 vendors and stalls, this place is a goldmine for unique souvenirs.

They’ve got a rad collection of African and Asian artwork made from all sorts of materials from stone to animal skin. Plus, there’s this amazing aroma from the spice corner, and they’ve got a range of tobacco products if that’s your jam.

Pro Tip:
Aside from buying souvenirs, why not treat yourself to a delicious seafood feast for your birthday celebration? The market has a section where you can choose from different kinds of fish, prawns, crabs, and more. 

Catch a movie at Suncoast Cinecentre

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Address: Suncoast Blvrd, Marine Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: 0861 CINE (2463) 00

Operating Hours:

  • Friday to Sunday & Tuesday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Monday – 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday – 9 AM to 8 PM

Feeling like keeping it chill? Head to Suncoast Cinecentre located at the Suncoast Casino complex on the beachfront, and they’ve got big screens and all the latest movies.

Suncoast Cinecentre offers a variety of movies to suit every taste, from action and comedy to romance and horror. Popcorn in hand, you’re all set for a laid-back birthday movie night.

Pro Tip:
Stay in the hotel after movie night. You’ll enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean, relax in the luxurious rooms, and take advantage of the casino, spa, and restaurants on-site. 

Dine in style at Roma Revolving Restaurant


Address: 32 John Ross House, Jonsson Ln, Durban Central

Phone: 031 337 6707

Operating Hours:

  • Sunday – 12 PM to 4 PM
  • Saturday – 12 PM to 2 PM; 5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Tuesday to Friday  – 5:30 PM to 9 PM

If you’re up for something a bit fancier, book a table at Roma Revolving Restaurant. It’s this rotating gem on the 32nd floor with killer views of the city and the sea.

They do traditional Italian grub, offering generous portions, a romantic vibe, and stunning, Instagram-worthy panoramas. It’s a classy dinner with a view, perfect for a birthday celebration.

Pro Tip:
Take your birthday celebration to new heights at Roma Revolving Restaurant’s 33rd-floor sky bar, offering a sophisticated drink with a view. For an exclusive and sleek event space, the 31st floor awaits to host your special birthday occasion.

Discover wildlife at Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve

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Address: Riverside Rd, Prospect Hall, Durban, 4051, South Africa

Are you a nature lover? Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve is a chill 76-hectare spot with mangrove trees and wildlife. 

You can wander around on the boardwalk, spot some cool birds and critters, and just soak in the tranquillity. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but totally worth it for a low-key birthday surrounded by nature.

Pro Tip:
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. You should also bring insect repellent, sunscreen, water and snacks. 

Drink fine wines at Lighthouse Bar


Address: 32 John Ross House, Jonsson Ln, Durban Central

Phone: +27 31 514 5000

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 10 AM to 11 PM

Want to celebrate your day with a bang? You might like The Lighthouse Bar, known for its stunning coastal views from the expansive rooftop terrace. 

They’ve got live music to enjoy, a variety of light meals, snack platters, and fine wines to indulge in, and the signature Umhlanga Schling cocktail made with cane spirit and cane sugar at The Oyster Box.

Pro Tip:
Opt for terrace tables for a popular birthday setting, or gather with friends to watch the game on big-screen TVs during match days. 

Enjoy sun and sand at Golden Mile Beachfront

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Keep it simple and hit up Golden Mile Beachfront, the go-to spot for a chill celebration.

You can kick back, take a dip in the Indian Ocean, or get your adventure on with water sports like surfing and kayaking. You can even stroll down the promenade for some grub and maybe a little shopping. 

Pro Tip:
Check out the Skate Park at Bay of Plenty Beach for jaw-dropping skateboard, roller-blading, and BMX skills. Immerse yourself in surfing history at the Time Warp Surf Museum near South Beach along the Golden Mile.

Experience a traditional rickshaw ride along the beachfront

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Address: Marine Parade, North Beach, Durban, 4063, South Africa

For a birthday twist, jump on a rickshaw, a chill version of a traditional Asian ride, brought to Durban by Indian immigrants. You can roll along the beachfront, taking in the views of the ocean and the city skyline.

Colourfully dressed rickshaw pullers, who have lots of fun stories, can take you on a laid-back adventure where you get to decide where to go. It’s a cool and special way to make your celebration more exciting.

Pro Tip:
If you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful ride, ride early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You’ll also get a better chance of seeing the sunrise or sunset over the ocean.

Explore Durban’s rich culture 

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The KwaZulu-Natal Museum features natural history, culture, and a planetarium, while the Phansi Museum highlights the arts and crafts of different indigenous groups.

You can check out the Durban Art Gallery for a massive collection of artworks, from traditional African stuff to modern vibes. And if you want an all-in-one, hit up the BAT Centre – it’s an arts and culture hub with studios, galleries, and even a craft shop. 

Pro Tip:
Book guided tours or join group activities to enhance your experience and learn more about the culture of Durban.

Enjoy the view from Moses Mabhida Stadium SkyCar


Address: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban, 4023, South Africa

Phone: 031 322 9955

For a bit of a thrill on your special day, head over to Moses Mabhida Stadium for the SkyCar. It’s a glass lift that takes you up the stadium arch, giving you a 360-degree view of the city and the ocean.

You can throw in some extra adventures too – like the Adventure Walk or the Big Rush Big Swing. They also do tours if you’re into the history of the place.

Pro Tip:
Elevate your skycar experience at Moses Mabhida Stadium by choosing the world’s tallest swing jump or a challenging adventure walk, or go for a unique segway gliding tour for a memorable visit.

Go on a safari with Durban Safaris to see the Big Five


Phone: +27 824 607 775

Now, if you’re up for something wild, consider a safari with Durban Safaris. It’s not your typical zoo visit – this is the real deal. Think lions, elephants, and all the Big Five roaming around in their natural digs.

Durban Safaris hooks you up with knowledgeable guides who’ll give you the lowdown on the history and conservation of the place. You can customise your safari, pick your activities, and make it as chill or adventurous as you want.

Pro Tip:
Book a full-day Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve tour from Durban, only three hours away, and witness Africa’s wildlife, including elephants, lions, zebras, and more, in the oldest proclaimed nature reserve.

Have a splash at uShaka Marine World


Address: 1 King Shaka Ave, Point, Durban

Phone: 031 328 8000

Operating Hours:

  • Open Daily – 9 AM to 5 PM

If you’re up for a day filled with marine vibes and water adventures, uShaka Marine World is the spot. It’s this massive theme park on the Golden Mile with cool stuff for everyone.

They’ve got a gigantic aquarium, slides, and even a Dangerous Creatures exhibit for brave souls. If you’re more of a beach bum, chill at uShaka Beach—it’s free, and it’s open all year round. 

Pro Tip:
Feel like ziplining? Head to Chimp & Zee and soar above Rocky Reef.  Plus, there’s good grub and shopping at uShaka Village Walk. 

Pamper yourself at Mangwanani African Spa


Address: Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4320, South Africa

Phone: 081 871 7392

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday- 8 AM to 11:30 PM
  • Sunday & Monday – 8 AM to 5 PM

If you’re into a chill, pampering day, you should check out Mangwanani African Spa. Tucked in a legit Zulu village with killer views of the Indian Ocean, this spot is all about pampering with African-inspired treatments.

You’ll encounter communal vibes with jacuzzis, mineral pools, a gift shop, and a High Tea Room. Whether you’re into half-day zen or full-on relaxation, they’ve got you covered with cool options like the Moonlight Night Spa. 

Pro Tip:
Before or after your spa, elevate your Durban escape by exploring Sibaya Casino. Enjoy shows at Izulu Theatre, thrilling activities, and immerse yourself in local culture at the Zulu Cultural Village for a complete experience.

Relax on a Sunset Cruise from Wilson’s Wharf

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Address: Fish Wharf Street, Wilsons Wharf, Durban, 4001

If you’re vibing with a chill, romantic scene, a sunset cruise from Wilson’s Wharf is the move. You’ll cruise along the coast, choose your vibe on diverse boats, enjoy live music, delicious food, and the possibility of dolphins or whales.

It’s a two-hour vibe, and you can join in on the fun with dancing or karaoke. Perfect for a laid-back, memorable birthday—no fuss, just good times.

Pro Tip:
Maximise your Wilson’s Wharf visit by visiting the Maritime Museum. Board the Ulundi, South Africa’s oldest tug, and discover the fascinating naval minesweeper “SAS Durban” and the 75-year-old coal-fired vessel “Ulundi”.

Ride the Umgeni Steam Train through the Valley of 1000 Hills


Address: Train Station, 2 Station Rd, Inchanga West, Inchanga, 3706, South Africa

Phone: +27 82 353 6003

Feeling a bit nostalgic? The vintage Umgeni Steam Train winds its way through the Valley of 1000 Hills, offering a nostalgic journey surrounded by lush greenery and charming villages.

The trip takes around an hour and 15 minutes each way, with a cool pit stop at Botha’s Hill for a craft market detour. It’s a fun and unique birthday experience, a bit different from the usual cake and candles routine.

Pro Tip:
When in the Valley of 1000 Hills, go beyond the steam train ride like delving into Zulu culture at Phezulu Safari Park, savouring local delights at Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, or seeking adventure at Cotswold Downs Estate. 

Shop til you drop at Pavilion Shopping Mall

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Address: Jack Martens Dr, Dawncliffe, Westville, 3611, South Africa

Phone: 031 275 9800

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 9 AM to 7 PM

Maybe you’re all about a shopping spree for your birthday. At Pavilion Shopping Mall, Durban’s second-largest shopping spot, you’re sure to find something cool from fashion and books to electronic gadgets.

You can also up the revamped Food Court for a snack, catch a flick at Nu Metro theatres, or flex those muscles at the new Virgin Active. A whole day of retail therapy awaits.

Pro Tip:
To maximise your time at Westville Mall, leave early to avoid heavy traffic. Early departure ensures a smoother drive and minimises the frustration of potential delays.

Stroll through Durban Botanic Gardens


Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Musgrave, Durban

Phone: +27 (0) 68 598 1396

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 7:30 AM to 5:15 PM

The Durban Botanic Gardens, Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden, is a great, relaxed spot to celebrate your birthday. Spread over 15 hectares, you’ll find all sorts of plants like cycads, orchids, and whatnot. 

You can explore and learn about diverse plants, engage in eco-friendly events, and enjoy free entry with the option to contribute a donation for maintenance.

Pro Tip:
Hungry? Get your blanket, prepare a picnic, and enjoy a small traditional garden picnic on the lawns – the ideal spot for it.

Take a Street Art Tour to admire urban graffiti

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If you’re into artsy stuff, why not take a street art tour? Durban’s got this rad street art scene happening, with artists putting their stamp on the city walls. 

You’ll hit up spots like Rivertown Precinct, Glenwood, and Warwick Triangle, where you can discover cool art by folks like Skullboy, Sakhile Mhlongo, and more. Plus, you get to soak in the stories behind the art. 

Pro Tip:
Don’t forget to bring a camera and take lots of photos. You never know when a piece of art might disappear or change, so capture it while you can.

Taste the iconic bunny chow at Impulse by the Sea

Address: 254 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Point, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: 0325544008

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 12 NN to 9 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 12 NN to 10:30 PM
  • Sunday – 12 NN to 8 PM

Now, let’s talk about the famous Bunny you’ve got to try on your birthday. If you want to try a special version of it, go to Impulse by the Sea and order their chef’s signature prawn curry bunny – it’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth it.

You don’t have to hold back; just get in there with your hands, it might be messy, but it’s totally worth it. Bunny chow is served with salad, pickles, or chutney to balance out the heat – a real treat for your taste buds.

Pro Tip:
While their bunny chow is famous and delicious, don’t miss the opportunity to try their other signature dishes, such as the butter chicken, the peri-peri pan-fried prawns, or the prawn curry.

Tee off at Royal Durban Golf Club


Address: 7 Mitchell Cres, Greyville, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: (031) 309 1373

For the sporty vibes and a chill way to spend your birthday, hit the links at Royal Durban Golf Club, an old-timer, been around since 1892. Nestled within the Greyville horse racing track, you’ll get scenic views of the city skyline.

After a round of golf, hit up their facilities – pro shop, driving range, putting green. Plus, there’s a bar and restaurant to cool off. 

Pro Tip:
You might want to make some time to visit the Durban Botanic Gardens as well. The gardens are just a short walk away from the golf course, and they offer beautiful and relaxing scenery. 

Watch a captivating show at The Playhouse Company


Address:  231 Anton Lembede St, Durban Central, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: +27 ​31 369 9461

If you’re feeling a bit fancy, catch a show at The Playhouse Company. It’s in this cool old building from 1926, offering drama, comedy, musicals, and opera shows.

You gotta check out what’s playing – could be anything from The Nutcracker to The Lion King. It’s not just entertaining; it’s a sneak peek into South Africa’s cultural scene.

Pro Tip:
Opt for sophisticated yet comfortable attire when attending a theatre performance; choose outfits that strike a balance between casual and formal to ensure you feel at ease while respecting the event’s cultural ambiance.

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