35 best budget-friendly things to do in Durban

2016-01-06 22:00 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - Having a good time with your family shouldn't cost a fortune. That's why we've sourced 18 of the very best family experiences to do in and around the splendid city of Durban, without breaking the bank. 

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Whether you're into outdoor adventure, good food, science, fiction, art or going to the movies - we've got the best of Durban on a budget, right here: 

1. Moses Mabhida Stadium
Tickets cost R60pp and R30 for kids under the age of 12. There’s also the Big Swing ride for R695 per person and the Beach Glide for R190 for 45 minutes.

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2. Beset Durban
Join one of their brilliant public walks for free!

3. Wave House
The Flow rider is R50 an hour for members and R75 an hour for non-members. The supertube costs R60 for the whole day. 

4. Afro’s Chicken
Meals cost around R25-R40. 

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5. Mini Town
Tickets cost R15 for adults and R10 for children aged 2-12. 

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6. Mitchell Park Zoo
Tickets cost R10 for adults and R7 for kids. 

7. Fun World
Entrance is free and you can buy tickets at the kiosk for the rides. 

8. Bike & Bean
Bike hire is R50 per hour or R40 per hour for the early risers from 6am to 8am. Rollerblades, skateboards, umbrellas, boogie boards, kids bikes, tandem bikes, push bikes and swingballs are also available for hire. 

9. Learn to surf 
Grab a board and do as the locals do with “Learn to Surf” on Addington Beach. It’s R200 an hour for a private lesson.  

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Faith47 Murals
Visit Warwick Junction in central Durban for a closer look at Faith47’s murals – for free! 

11. Rivertown Beerhall
Contact them to know whether this art gallery, museum and brewery has an entrance fee for the day’s happenings. 

12. KZN SA Gallery
 Entrance is free. 

13. The Golden Mile
The best things in life are free. So this this magnificent stretch. 

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14. Umgeni River Bird Park
Tickets cost R50 per adult and R40 for children aged 4 to 12 years. Find them at Riverside Road.  

15. The Morning Trade Market
The market has no entrance fee, but take cash for food and goods. 

16. Durban Natural Science Museum
Entrance is free.  

17. Sunset Catamaran
Hakuna Matata Charters offer a 90 minute Sunset Sea Cruise at R220 per adult and R110 per child. 

18. Swim
People come from all over the world to swim in Durb’s mild ocean. Do the same – it’s free. 

19. Freedom Café
Eat something scrumptious in this quirky spot for under R50. 

20. KwaMuhle Museum
Entrance is free.  

21. Durban Botanical Gardens
Entrance is free.  

22. Skate Parks
Bay of Plenty offers free entrance. At Wave House in Umhlanga. Members pay R20 for the day, non-members pay R40. They also offer lessons.  

23. The Ricksha Bus
Tickets are R100 per adult, R60 for kids aged 6-8 and free for the children under 5.  

24. Little Gujarat
You can get the best Indian food for under R50. 
25. Scuba Diving
The Durban Undersea Club offers wreck dives at R230 per non-member.  

26. Beachwood Mangroves
This reserve is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month from 08:00 to 13:00. 

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27. uShaka Marine World
Get a Combo ticket for R199 per adult and R149 for children aged 3-12. It’s free for kids under 3. 

28. Rooftop Night Market
The trendiest market in Durban will cost you nothing. But take money for food, drinks and other things.  

29. Valley of 1000 Hills Steam Train
Tickets for adults cost R200, tickets for children aged 2 – 12 cost R140. 

30. Giba Gorge Biking
Entrance is R50 for adults and kids over 12 and R20 for kids under 12, non-riders pay R10 and trail runners pay R20. 

31. Inanda Mountain
You can spend time here for free. 

32. Mzinyathi Falls and Rasta Caves
Pay R85 pp to go on a tour to the caves, falls and surrounding area with  Green Corridor. 

33. Zorbing 
Pay R100 pp for the first go, and then only R75 for the second one.

34. PheZulu Safari Park
The 1 hour Game drive costs R225 for adults and R125 for children under 12. 

35. Umhlanga Pier 
You can experience this most beautiful Durban landmark for free, mahala. 

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