55 Things To Do In Durban For Under R250

[Updated on 4 July 2018]

It’s official, the rest of the world finally woke up to what Durbanites knew all along – Durban is cool. The New York Times featured Durban as 7th on its 52 places to go to back in 2015. A little bit Rio, a little bit Miami, eThekwini, the local name for Durbs, is in a class of her own. View other international destinations.

Here are 55 things to do in Durban for under R250:

1. Johnny’s Rotis

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Also known at Sunrise Chip ‘N Ranch, Johnny’s Rotis is an institution. You haven’t been to Durban if you haven’t eaten the triple cheese and chip roti with mutton gravy after a night of jolling hard. They’re open 24/7.

89 Sparks Road, Durban. Call: 031 209 2020.

Open 24 hours.

2. Try a Spicy Pineapple at the Spice Emporium

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A trip to Durban wouldn’t be complete without trying out the hot dishes that form part of the city’s famed reputation! One of the most unconventional treats you must taste is a spicy pineapple from the Spice Emporium. Besides the mix of sweet and hot, you’ll also find a huge stock of spices at the emporium.

31 Monty Naicker Road, Durban. Call:  031 332 5888

Open Monday to Saturday from 08:00 – 17:00, and Sunday from 09:30 – 15:30.

3. Walk on the Sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium

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The Skycar at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the enormous stadium has many adrenaline-inducing activities on offer. The Sky Car, a single cabin that runs up steel tracks on the northern arch of the stadium and is designed to roll down the arch under its own gravity (in case of load shedding), has a 106m vantage point. Tickets cost R60 per adult and R30 for kids under the age of 12. There’s also the Big Swing ride, the tallest swing in the world since 2011 (at R695 per person it exceeds our budget but is cheaper than skydiving and looks just as nerve-wracking). Then there’s a Big Sky Walk along the arch of the stadium (don’t look down!) or a beach glide on a Segway for those seeking a more serene adventure. The Beach Glide costs R250 for 45 minutes.

44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban. Call: 031 582 8222.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 17:00.

4. Take a Tour with Beset

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Beset Walk at 8 Morrison Street

This forward-thinking trio showed celebrated conflict reporter João Silva around when he covered Durban for the New York Times Travel list. Their focus is on urban exploration and getting people on the streets and experiencing Durban. They say:

“Durban will make you work to discover her. She is not a show off. She is certainly beautiful, but she will make you work hard to find her substance. Durban is a very deep city, a city full of grit and history. In many ways, it is a layered city which reveals more each time you dig deeper.”

Join one of their brilliant public walks for free (past walks have included the hip Rivertown area, the Natural Science Museum, and Point area. You can also organise a paid private walk. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.

5. Conquer the waves at WavePark Gateway

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The WavePark at Gateway flaunts some great waves. Tear things up on the Flow rider or for something a little tamer have a go on the Supertube rides (perfect for keeping the kids busy in the school holidays). The Flow rider is R140 an hour. The supertube costs R150 for the whole day.

Galaxy Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Palm Boulevard, Durban. Call: 031 584 9400.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 08:30 – 17:00.

6. Afro’s Chicken

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This afro-chic beach-side takeaway spot is right on the promenade. The food is simple and delicious and comes in two flavours- hot is chili, koel is lemony. Meals cost around R30-R45.

2 O R Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 07:00 – 17:00.

Also read:

Top 10 Durban Restaurants & Cafes

7. The Chairman

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The Chairman by That Skattie

This sophisticated hole-in-the-wall jazz bar is a well-kept secret. The space wouldn’t be out of place in Buenos Aires or Catalonia. Expect to find good music and an inviting ambience. You can also look forward to exceptional blends, such as Surrender Your Booty (The Chairman’s special, at R110) and delicious dishes, such as Grilled Ostrich Boerewors (R105).

146 Mahatma Gandhi Rd. For table bookings call: 078 387 1408.

Open Thursday to Saturday, from 19:00 – 02:00.

8. Go Godzilla at Mini Town

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The perfect place to practice your Godzilla destroying eThekwini pose, Mini Town is fun for kids and grown-ups too. Tickets cost R30 for adults and R20 for children aged 2-13.

114 Snell Parade, Durban. Call: 031 337 7892.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 16:30.

9. Mitchell Park Zoo

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Much-beloved by Durban parents, the Mitchell Park Zoo is where kids can explore grounds which used to be an ostrich farm but now houses crocodiles, buck, meerkats, cranes, flamingoes, wallabies, monkeys and tortoises. There’s also the Blue Zoo tea garden for coffee and cake. Tickets cost R10 for adults and R7 for kids. Find out more from the knowledgeable Zoologist.

10 Ferndale Road, Durban. Call: 031 303 2275.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 – 16:00.

10. Lekker by die See Nostalgia at Fun World

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Fun World by Khidra Stevens

Though a little scruffy these days, Fun World is a beach amusement park with tons of nostalgic value. Founded in the 1930’s by Arthur Thornton, Durban Fun World started out as a miniature steam train ride. The cableway was added in 1970 and still offers a great view of the city. Entrance is free and you can buy tickets at the kiosk for the rides (which are affordable, ranging from R25 – R35).

73 O R Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban. Call: 031 332 9776 for more information.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 20:00.

11. Join Durban’s Edition of First Thursdays

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Experience a creative overflow in the Station Drive Precinct. Admire wonderful street artworks, enjoy the entertainment with live music and join a free Bollywood dance class! There are also the flea markets, art exhibitions and occasional salsa sessions. Make sure you’re near the Station Drive Precinct on the first Thursday of each month from 18:00.

12. Surf’s Up

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Grab a board and do as the locals do with “Learn to Surf” on Addington Beach. It’s R250 an hour for a private lesson.

Call: 083 414 0567.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 06:00 – 17:00.

13. Faith47 Murals

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Faith 47 is a South-African born street artist with a strong sense of social justice. You can find her work in countries all over the world including Sweden, Scotland, the USA and China. Visit Warwick Junction in central Durban for a closer look at her murals including life-like portraits of the traders on columns adjacent to the Early Morning Market.

14. Rivertown Beerhall

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The Rivertown Beerhall is an eThekwini Municipality initiative which started with the activation and naming of the area during the UIA 2014 Durban Architecture Congress. It was built in 1914, and opened again on 3rd August to 10th August 2014, 100 years on. Grab a beer and enjoy live music in this historical space. They aren’t open every day so visit their Facebook page to check ahead of time. Don’t miss the Zakifo Music Festival, which runs during May and June every year.

102 Prince Alfred Street (Florence Nzama). Call: 083 799 6019.

The Rivertown Beer Hall is a city-owned venue and does not have regular hours.

15. KZN SA Gallery

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This modern, airy building is an inviting space. Along with upcoming and experimental artists the gallery has an extensive collection of well-known South African artists such as Penny Siopis and Isaac Sithole. Enjoy a cold drink and cheese cake in the gallery café which spills out into the garden. Entrance is free.

166 Bulwer Road. Call: 031 277 1705.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 – 17:00, and Sunday from 10:00 – 15:00.

16. Wilson’s Wharf

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The place to see Durban Harbour, the busiest port in Africa, in action. You’ll get a glimpse of luxury yachts, racing boats, hulking tankers, trawlers and tiny optimist sailing boats as they go by. At Wilson’s Wharf there are many restaurants and fast food spots to choose from and the flickering lights on the water at night are particularly atmospheric. Our choice is Julio’s on the Bay for paella.

18 Boatman’s Rd, Durban. Call: 076 440 0057.

17. Warwick Junction- Guided Tour Through 9 Markets

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Take a guided-tour through the 9 markets in central Durban to get a feel for the pulse of the city. The Markets of Warwick Tour takes you through Victoria Street Market, the Impepho and Lime market, Brook Street Market, Bead Market, Herb Market, Music Bridge Market, Berea Street Market, the Bovine head Market and the Early morning or ‘Mother’ Market, which hosts over 640 stalls with vendors selling fresh produce, flowers, spices and live poultry. In the Bovine market cow heads are collected by trolley operators from local butcheries. The cooked meat is then presented on wooden chopping boards with condiments for customers to eat. Tours cost R100 per person (or R80 per person for more than 8 people). Should you be the only tourist requesting a tour, the cost will be R200.

Call: 031 309 3880 to make a booking.

18. The Golden Mile

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The Golden Mile runs roughly from South Beach (uShaka Marine World) to Suncoast Casino in the north in a perfect gilded stretch of sea and sun. Longer than a mile, it’s the best place to do an early morning beach run, rollerblade or cycle à la Ipanema beach. Or you could rent a bike for one or two hours from Xpression on the Beach.

17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban. Call 074 134 1232 to find out more.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 07:30 – 16:00.

Also read:

Our Top Ten Beaches in Cape Town and Durban

19. Grab a Cold One at Wahooz

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Stop in at this Hawaiian-vibe beach-side restaurant in uShaka Marine World for a beer among the palm trees. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere and tasty meals (items on the menu range from R45 to R150).

49 Timeball Boulevard, Point, Durban. Call: 031 328 8000 (Ask for Wahooz).

Open Monday to Sunday, from 07:30 – 17:00.

20. Umgeni River Bird Park

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Kids will love the Umgeni River Bird Park – they have 900 birds from 180 species in the park, a free-flight bird show, restaurant and playground. Tickets cost R55 per adult and R36 for children aged 3 to 12 years.

490 Riverside Road, Durban North, Durban. Call: 031 579 4600.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 17:00.

21. Get Your Circulation Going with a Free Yoga Class

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Maybe you’re an experienced yoga practitioner or someone who’s interested in trying it out. Then you should be at Fortune Coffee Forever next Monday around 17:30. That’s where the Fry’s Yoga Club meets. They offer a free boot camp at Gordon’s Road Park in Florida.

15A Station Drive, Morningside, Berea, Durban. Call: 0844221970 / 0848950367.

22. Jumma Mosque

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The ‘Mosque of the Congregation‘ is Durban’s first mosque and the oldest and largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Find it in Grey Street to take in its geometric splendour. It can fit 6,000 worshipers at one time. Remember to remove your shoes and dress respectfully when visiting.

Grey Street, Durban. Call: 031 304 1518.

Open Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 16:00, and Saturday from 09:00 – 13:00.

23. Durban Natural Science Museum

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On the 1st floor of the magnificent Durban City hall, this trove of dinosaurs, fossils and taxidermized predators will enchant both kids and grown-ups. Entrance is free.

1 City Hall, 234 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central, Durban. Call: 031 311 2256.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 16:00.

24. Sunset Catamaran

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Watch the powerful KZN sun go down over tropical Durban aboard a catamaran sundowner cruise. Hakuna Matata Charters offer a 1-hour sunset sea cruise at R180 per adult and (R120) per child.

Durban Marina, off Victoria Embankment, Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Durban Central, Durban. Call: 031 307 3782.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 17:00.

25. Alayam Hindu Temple

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This beautiful temple is well-worth a visit. Make sure to observe the intricate carvings of Ganesha, Shiva and Vishnu on the temple facade. The antique doors that lead to the cellar were salvaged from a temple built on the banks of the Umbilo River in 1875, which was later destroyed by floods. Remember to dress respectably.

152 Jacobs Road, Clairwood, Durban. Call: 031 465 3533.

26. Have Lunch at parc

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Make sure you head to this café in Glenwood when you’d like to take a break from exploring Durban’s city centre. You’ll find some tasty Mediterranean-inspired specials and a chilled-out vibe. Just what you need after experiencing the rush of the city’s urban scenes.

394 Esther Roberts Road, Shop 2A Oslo Building, Glenwood, Durban. Call: 031 205 7285

Open Tuesday to Friday from 07:30 – 16:00, and Saturday to Sunday from 08:00 – 14:00.

27. Bay of Plenty For A Quick Swim

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The best thing about Durban is that winter or summer- it’s always a good idea to kick off your slops and leap into that beautifully warm sea. The Bay of Plenty, at the heart of the beachfront, also offers good surf conditions and beach volleyball.

28. The Sardine Run

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Nearly every year between June and July, billions of sardines travel along the east coast of South Africa attracting an abundance of dolphins, whales and sharks. If you are lucky enough to see the sardine run while in Durban it will be worth renting a boat to get a closer look. For a less pricey option, hire a kayak from Ocean Ventures uShaka for R100 per person (or do a kayak tour for R220pp). You’ll launch in front of uShaka and paddle to the Vetjies Reef, past the shark nets and out to the limestone reef where there’s a 1940s shipwreck. If you’re exceptionally lucky and the timing is right, you’ll catch the hundreds of dolphins tailing the sardine run.

uShaka Village Walk, 1 Bell Street, Durban. Call: 086 100 1138.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 07:30 – 17:00.

29. Freedom Café

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This bright space is brilliant for an all-day breakfast. Order their spicy chicken tikka toasted sandwich (R69), Drakensberg honey-baked cheese cake or Freedom Fry breakfast (R86).

34 St Mary’s Avenue, Greyville, Berea, Durban. Call: 031 3094453.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 07:00 – 15:30.

30. KwaMuhle Museum

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Once the Native Administration Department, step through the copper-covered entrance doors to find a post-apartheid museum documenting the history experienced by all of Durban’s residents. The photographs and artefacts on display portray a city in search of an identity within a new political context. Entrance is free.

130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban Central, Durban. Call: 031 311 2237

Open Monday to Friday from 08:30 – 16:00, and Saturday from 08:30 – 12:30.

31. Visit the World’s Rarest Plant at Durban Botanical Gardens

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The Durban Botanical Gardens boasts the rarest cycad collection in the world. Cycads, have been around before the dinosaurs and have survived three mass extinction events although they are in danger of extinction today. Wood’s Cycad is reputed to be the world’s rarest plant. You can find it growing peacefully near the old reservoir. The orchid collection and palm grove are also worth visiting. Entrance to the gardens is free. Attend one of the concerts at the lake which take place throughout the year. Read up on the concert schedule and buy tickets.

9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban.

Open Monday to Sunday from 07:30 – 17:45 in summer, and from 07:30 – 17:30 in winter.

32. Roma Revolving Restaurant

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Enjoy the kitsch but fun seventies dining atmosphere of the Roma Revolving restaurant on the 32nd floor of the John Ross building. The Roma is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern hemisphere. You’ll be privy to an incredible rotating view 105m up in the air while eating hearty Italian food. If you’re not hungry head to Gino’s Bar one floor above for drinks in the sky.

32nd Floor, John Ross House, Jonsson Lane, Durban. Call: 031 337 6707.

Open Monday to Thursday, from 18:00 – 22:30 for dinner Friday and Saturday it’s open from 12:00 – 14:30 for lunch, and 18:00 – 22:30 for dinner.

33. Skate Parks

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Have exhilarating fun at the beachfront skate park in front of the Bay of Plenty- entrance is free. Your other option is WavePark in Umhlanga. Members pay R20 for the day, non-members pay R40. They also offer lessons.

Galaxy Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Palm Boulevard, Durban. Call: 031 584 9400.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 08:30 – 17:00.

34. Hop Aboard a Ricksha Bus

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Take a three-hour whirl around Durban on the top deck of a Ricksha bus. It’s practically always blazingly sunny so enjoy the sun on your face as you pass all of Durban’s major attractions. There are two tours per day, seven days a week. The morning tour starts at 09:00 and ends at midday and the afternoon tour starts at 13:00 and ends at 16:00. Tickets are R100 per adult, R50 for kids aged 6-8 years and free for children under 5 years. They accept cash only.

Ricksha Bus Kiosk, Old Pavillion Site, Bay of Plenty, North Beach, Durban. Call 031 322 4209 for more information.

35. Little Gujarat

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Arguably the most authentic and affordable Indian food in the city, Little Gujarat offers a feast of delicious vegetarian bunny chows, samoosas, pakoras, bhajis, roti breads, rice and pickles.

43 Dr Goonam Street, Durban Central, Durban. Call: 031 305 3148.

Open Monday to Saturday, from 06:00 – 19:30.

36. Watch a Horse Race at the Greyville Racecourse

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This racecourse is often associated with the Durban July, one of South Africa’s biggest horse races and a major fashion event. On any other day though, you can get free entry to watch the races (expect during major race days)! The Greyville Racecourse offers a picnic area where you can relax, with plenty of food outlets and a nightclub if you’re looking for a party. If golfing tickles your fancy, you can play a round at the Royal Durban Golf Course, in the centre of the track, for R155 before 08:00. After 08:00, the price rises to R300, so make sure you get there early.

150 Avondale Road, Greyville, Durban. Call: 031 314 1651.

Open Saturday, from 08:00 – 18:00.

37. Durban International Film Festival

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The film festival is in its 36th year and is an unmissable event on the Durban calendar. It’s one of the oldest of its kind in Southern Africa. Catch it from mid- to late- July. The festival also serves as a launch pad for Wavescape, a film and music festival celebrating a mutual love of surfing and ocean culture.

To find out more about both film festivals, call: 031 260 2506.

38. Florida Road Shopping

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In between stopping in at the many greats cafés, bars and restaurants on Durban’s glam dame Florida Road) there’s the beautiful emporium of wooden and ceramic homeware at Cécile & Boyds. For a throwback to the 90s, visit Art Film Co, a discerning DVD rental store, where you can find curated DVDs. 150 Florida Rd. Call 031 303 3131.

Also, be sure not to miss the burgers at Dropkick Murphy’s!

219 Florida Road, Windemere, Durban. Call: 031 825 1858.

Open Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 – 01:00. From Friday to Saturday, they are open from 12:00 – 02:00 for Fridays and Saturdays.

39. Relax with a Gondola Boat Ride Down the Durban Point Waterfront Canal

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You’ll catch wonderful views of the city of Durban with a gondola boat ride courtesy of Zulumoon Gondolas. This boat ride is an ideal way to celebrate a special occasion and is perfect for romantic experiences or a refreshing activity for the family. The boat rides cost R60.

Durban Point Waterfront Canal, uShaka Village Walk, Durban. Call: 084 730 8784 / 081 706 7289

Open Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 – 17:45.

40. Beachwood Mangroves

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This mangrove reserve is a national monument and contains three species of rare mangroves; black, red and white. Walk along the sturdy wooden platforms to catch a glimpse of mudskippers, fiddler crabs and rare kingfishers among the muddy water and white sand. The reserve is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month from 08:00 to 13:00, you can also arrange a visit in advance with a conservation officer.

Riverside Road, Durban. Call 082 359 2839.

41. Dine with Sharks at uShaka Marine World

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The fifth largest aquarium in the world, the building of uShaka was pivotal in the revitalization of the Point area. Expect water rides, penguin, seal and dolphin shows, sharks circling you as you eat dinner, a dangerous creatures section and an extensive shopping walk. Get a Combo ticket for R210 per adult and R169 for children aged 3-12 years. It’s free for kids under 3 years.

1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban. Call: 031 328 8000.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 17:00.

Also read:

Durban Hotels and Experiences

42. House of Curries

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Famous for their tender lamb curry, mini-bunny chows and spicy bean curry, House of Curries is an old favourite on Florida Road. Relaxed Durban vaab for days. You can choose a main course for under R100.

275 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban. Call: 031 303 6076.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 22:30.

43. Woza Weekend Breakfast Buffet at Moyo

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If you’re hungry after all your Durban explorations, head to Moyo set dramatically at the end of uShaka Pier for their Woza Weekend Buffet. Expect sweet potato and biltong soup, lamb curry, biryani, braai kebabs and an extensive array of desserts. The good news is that it’s free for the under-fives, R119 for kids aged 6 to 11 and R239 per adult. The dinner buffet is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 18h00 to 23h00 and on Sundays for lunch from 12h00 to 16h00.

uShaka Marine World, 1 Bell Point Street, Point, Durban. Call: 031 332 0606.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 – 22:00.

44. Go Ice Skating

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Durban’s Ice Rink got a revamp recently and is bigger and better. This is one of the city’s most exceptional activities, and you can enjoy it from R50 to R200! The Ice Arena is open from Friday to Sunday. During these sessions, you can also test your skills with a 7-metre indoor climbing wall for only R20.

81 Somtseu Road, North Beach, Durban. Call: 031 332 4597.

Open Monday to Thursday, from 09:00 – 17:00. For Fridays, from 09:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 22:30. For Saturdays, from 10:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 22:30. For Sundays, from 13:00 – 17:00.

45. Rooftop Night Market

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More and more unexpected spaces in Durban are being repurposed. Experience live music and slow food at the night market on the first Friday of every month on the 5th floor of the Musgrave Centre.

115 Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban. Call: 031 277 8420.

46. Lekker Vibes at Nev the Barber

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Nev offers a slick haircut with attitude, “kiff cuts, laka vibes” is the idea behind this punchy Glenwood barbershop. You’ll see posters up with zingers like “vibe the vibe” and “waai from here”. Right next door is the much-loved Corner café where you can munch a panini and drink a flat white. And the good news is that Nev is opening another spot in Umhlanga.

28 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, Durban. Call: 083 248 5150

Open from 07:00 – 17:00 from Monday to Friday, and 08:00 – 13:00 on Saturday.

Things to do a bit further out but worth the drive (no more than 50 minutes from Durban CBD)

47. Take a Sunday Steam Train Through the Valley of 1000 Hills

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Tucked in the verdant Valley of 1000 hills is the village of Inchanga. Catch a steam train from Kloof to Inchanga’s small Victorian station in the rolling hills of Kwa Zulu and back again. There are trains on the first and last Sunday of every month, seats fill up quickly so book in advance here. Tickets for adults cost R240, tickets for children aged 2-12 cost R170. Photographers will enjoy the early-morning curling smoke shots over the dramatic rolling hills. Stop in for a pint at the Stoker’s Arms in Kloof.

Old Main Road, Kloof. Call: 082 353 6003 to book your ticket.

Open Monday to Thursday from 08:00 – 17:00, and Friday from 08:00 – 16:00.

48. Giba Gorge Biking

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For adrenaline lovers, Giba Gorge boasts a Supercross, BMX and cycle track. There are also calmer spots for picnics with space for kids to run around. Entrance is R65 for adults and kids over 12, and R35 for kids under 12. Non-riders pay R10 and trail runners pay R35. If you don’t have bicycles and helmets you can rent them from the independently run “Yolo Cycles” within the park.

110 Stockville Road, Pinetown. Call: 031 769 1419.

Open Monday to Sunday from 07:00 – 17:00.

49. Inanda Mountain

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Drive 50 mins out of the CBD to Inanda Mountain for Durban’s most incredible view. The road ends practically at the edge of the cliffs that plunge down to Inanda Dam. Photographers and birders will appreciate the Lanner falcons and banded Harrier hawks that ride the thermals every morning. Local communities are rebuilding a 250-hectare coastal scrub area. See a map location of the mountain.

50. Mzinyathi Falls and Rasta Caves

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Image courtesy of Durban Green Corridor

A 20-minute drive from Gateway, Mzinyathi falls is relatively unknown. The dramatic sandstone amphitheatre makes this a popular rock climbing spot. In summer after heavy rain, the falls have an impressive volume. The Rastafarian caves are a sacred place where Rastafarians who work in the city during the week come on the weekends. The path to these caves is quite difficult to find, contact the Green Corridor to arrange a tour to the caves, falls and surrounding area from R245 pp.

31 Stiebel Place, Stamford Hill, Durban. Call: 031 322 6026.

Open Monday to Sunday from 08:00 – 16:30.

51. Have Fun at the Fun Company

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With the kids along, you’ll definitely need something to keep them entertained. Head to the Fun Company in the Galleria Mall and you may even find yourself having fun! The entertainment area includes a variety of fun-filled activities, including bowling, arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars, trampoline park, jungle gym and 4D cinema. Prices for the activities range from R5 to R95.

Shop S16 Upper Ground Floor, Corner of Moss Kolnik and Arbour Road, Amanzimtoti. Call: 031 904 5770

Open Monday to Sunday from 09:00 – 19:00.

52. Mfula Store

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Image courtesy of @mfula_store via Instagram

A 50-km drive out of Durban deep in the Valley of 1000 Hills, on the banks of the Umgeni River, is a traditional trading store. Mfula store was established in 1947. Though the store has passed into new hands it will continue to trade as it always has done and will provide a mobile clinic and pension pay-out points. Mfula Store offers many adventure activities in the area including mountain biking, paddling and hiking. There is a beautiful picnic area nearby maintained by community leaders and a natural rock water slide.

1000 Chase Valley Rd, Chase Valley Heights, Emalangeni. Call: 082 784 3144.

Open 24 hours.

53. PheZulu Safari Park

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Green mamba at Wikipedia Commons

In the Valley of 1000 hills you’ll find Phezulu Safari Park which offers game drives and a crocodile and snake park among many other activities. The 1-hour Game drive costs R240 for adults and R130 for children under 12. You’ll see blesbok, giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. There is also a curio store and traditional Zulu village.

Old Main Road, Bothas Hill. Call: 031 777 1205.

Open Monday to Sunday from 08:00 – 16:30.

54. Virginia Nature Reserve

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Image courtesy of Melancholy Mons

The Virginia Nature Reserve in Durban North provides a 38-hectare respite from the suburbs. It has winding paths of coastal scrub filled with Natal figs, hibiscus, grey duiker, spotted genet and dwarf mongooses. It’s a great spot for bird watching. Give yourself 2 hours to ramble around. The reserve is open from 19:00 – 16:00.

Delaware Avenue, Durban North, Call: 031 563 6777.

And lastly:

55. Umhlanga Pier – the Most Beautiful Pier in the World

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Image courtesy of Durban Gov

CNN has crowned Umhlanga Pier the most beautiful pier in the world. The whale-bone skeleton structure is striking and the favourite of sunset Instagrammers. The pier also performs an important function as an extension of an underground culvert that helps disperse excess stormwater into the sea.

McCausland Crescent, Umhlanga. Call: 083 587 7573

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Now that you have more to add to your list of things to do in this popular South African city, pack your bags and book cheap flights to Durban! What do you love about Durbs? Share your favourite things to do in Durban in the comments below.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. This is a GREAT article, thank you! I can’t wait for our trip to Durban next week. It will take some planning to get to even half of these awesome places 🙂

  2. Shongweni food market is really enjoyable for the whole family including furry pets

  3. Hi there

    Is there an updated list? I see some of the items here were time-specific.

    I am going to Durban in March and look forward to exploring some of the city’s gems.

    • Hi there,

      That sounds amazing. Enjoy every moment.

      You welcome to go onto our website http://www.travelstart.co.za

      Under our Blog section: http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/ (on the top right you will see a search bar – type Durban in, and any Durban related blogs we have put out will come up in date order)

      Hope this helps. And enjoy your time is Durban.

  4. WHAT ABOUT THE STRAWBERRY FARM GUYS?
    THAT PLACE IS AWESOME

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for this tip. Will be sure to add it onto the next blog 🙂

  5. Dear Travelstart 🙂

    I wanted to send through some information regarding our store in the hopes that you may want to blog or create a feature on the activity along with any of your planned content on family/kids activities.

    With schools about to close for the year try something fun and creative these school holidays.

    Decor8’s is a retail paint store based in Hillcrest. On the 1st December we launch our Paint & Play kids zone.

    We offer:
    A drop and shop service
    cafe with a full menu for those moms who need to catch up on emails or relax whilst the kiddies have some creative fun!
    The Paint & Play kids zone is fully child friendly and has full time staff to supervise the safety of children of all ages.

    It can also be booked out as a birthday party venue.

    R100 let’s you paint & play (paint supplies provided)

    If you would be interested in featuring our much needed venue in the Hillcrest, Durban area please get in touch with me. See flyer attached.

    Yours in Paint,
    Collette
    Decor8,
    Vibrant Living

  6. Hi All

    Thanks for the info. As an ex-durbanite i must say there is loads of stuff to do but i have not tried these and surely will do when i am down in Dec/Jan.
    Either way Durban still and always will rock and now that i live in Jozi i miss Durban everyday single day but one will return to the Kingdom of the Zulu.

    D

  7. Id like to know if you are aware of item number 2 “Tea with skabenga has a seriously wrong spelling and pronunciation or its deliberate?i don’t know but its just my curiosity .
    The correct spelling for a crook in zulu is “sgebengu”

    Thank you for the informative page ,a lot i did not know happens in durban 🙂

    • Hi Lindokuhle,

      Thanks so much for the heads up on this. I have passed this onto our content writer who will do the change on her side.

      Glad you liked our write up. We always value feedback from our readers.

  8. LOL reading these comments, I can’t wait for your next article….another 55 things to do when in Durban. Thanks TB

  9. wow this is awesome i didn’t realize Durban had such nice things to do..

    i am definitely going to the musgrave Friday night market and the one by the ICC..

    I’ve always wanted a (farmers market kinda thing in Durban)

    please keep posting and lets colour Durban

  10. wooooooow!!!!!!!! Durban is the most most beautiful place to visit in s.a
    air breeze frm the sea….mhmmmmm they are great

  11. Durban is the most coolest place to visit; warm beaches, fascinating and interesting places to wine and dine, shopping centres to meet everyones taste; should i be the next lucky lotto millionaire im definitely heading down to DURBAN with my family.

    I LOVE DURBAN with all my heart and soul – mwah

  12. Great article thanks. Where can shop for curtains in Durbs. I will be in Marine Parade

  13. Please note that there is a revolving restaurant in Sydney

  14. Art Film Company closed down in Florida Road. There are many other cool spots, including Ike’s Books and Collectables at 48a Florida Road and their neighbours, Khaya records for vinyl lovers.

  15. Hi. Excellent article on Things to do in Durban. Well done. Please could you make a correction to the insert on the Beer Hall in River Town. This is an eThekwini Municipality initiative which started with the activation and naming of the area during the UIA 2014 Durban Architecture Congress. Good to recognize great initiatives by the City!
    Thankyou

  16. Awesome . Its really a helpfull bit of info u guys give us . Honestly we as locals have not probably visited all these places cause we so caught up with lyf. Durban has stacks of beautiful if not fun loving n exciting places to visit . We shud really be supportive of our local businesses n community upliftment projects . Afterall we as locals shud set a positive example for our future n also our worldwide visitors. A big thumbs up to your team for promoting our city . God bless.

  17. what a great article!

  18. Love to visit all places :*

  19. Thank you for this list… we are heading down in August and I can’t wait to explore and stretch my bucks. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  20. I am going to Durban and i am more adventurous. Where are the best places to go. I love the national parks and i have seen hoarse ridding at the beach. I want something that is not in cape town.
    If you have something great wala me on 0763391097

    • Hi there,

      You welcome to read our blog or go to the Durban information tourism board. They should have quite a bit of information there and would be able to point you in the right direction.

      Enjoy your time in Durban.

  21. How much can I spend for a week at Durban on a cheapest rate

    • Hi there,

      Flight prices depend on exact dates of travel and the routing.
      You welcome to search for flight prices directly on our website by clicking on: https://goo.gl/M6NGBB here you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option when making your booking.

  22. Please note. #29 for freedom cafe is number 34 for the address, number 43 doesnt exits.

    • Hi Nolan,

      Thanks for the info, we will update this on the blog.

  23. Please edit or remove number 36. The price you are advertising for the horse riding is out dated. Price is now R350.

  24. First and for most
    I love the weather
    love the setup.
    I love the food , mostly the Bunny Chow and Indian Curries
    I love the ever warm beaches
    Enjoys the ricksha rides

  25. Awsem…….

  26. This article make me so exiting to visit

  27. Having returned from abroad. I am now dating a dbn man n i want to be adventurous n this article has given me great perspective to see dbn tru ur eyes!! Love this article. Thank u for so many ideas. I look forward to many more pieces of urs!!

  28. Based on your informative blog, and being die-hard fans of Durbs, we tried some of your suggestions. Sad to say that they were not that impressive. Bike and Bean had the most dreadful service (they seemed totally disinterested in receiving paying customers). Afro’s Chicken also had shocker service, and the food was cold and blah. At Johnny’s Rotis the service was friendly and real and the food was well priced, but it is, by far, not the best Indian food I have tasted. Of the 3, we will return only to Johnny’s. Still need to try out Inanda Mountain and some of the others. Thank you.

    • Hi Rob,

      Sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience at all of the above mentioned but thanks for taking the time to send your feedback.

    • Recently returned to Durban from JHB and unfortunately SERVICE at most dining establishments is a SHOCKER – if you can overlook that you’ll be fine. Love this city but yeah we have a loooooong way to go when it comes to service.

  29. I plan to visit durban december,help with places to visit,where we can enjoy with my partner

  30. impressive.i will try to visit as much as the pocket can handle for my 7 day stay starting this sunday the 17th.will give feedback on above you advertised.

  31. Good day,

    we planning to visit Durban soon, can someone kindly recommend a reasonable photographer who does outdoor family photo shoot. We want family photos taken at the Durban Botanical gardens if possible. Thanks

    • Try Ocean Driven Media

  32. The link of directios to inanda mountain is unfortunately incorrect. We travelled all the way following the directions on Google maps and ended up in the middle of a road that was pretty low down. A bit further and we were at the dam. Amazing place but pity we couldn’t find the top viewing spot

  33. Question when are the shops in station drive open, want to buy some clothes, preferably local stuff, or any other suggestions for dress shopping, but not mainstream shops and shopping centres. Thanks

    • Hi Poppy,

      Its best you google which shops you would be interested and then give them a call. They would be able to give their opening hours.

      For local garments markets are always the best place to shop for this.

  34. Also include Tala game reserve

  35. i will recommend Durban to all my friends and family

    • Hi Tiny,

      Yes, Durban is a great city to visit. So many amazing places to visit.

  36. Durban is Tops ! I am taking my in-laws for the second time down to Durbs with Mango.They just love the place infrastructure, transport ,wine and dine, sightseeing, shopping so much interesting people !

  37. I don’t see the Shaka’s kraal on the list.

    • Hi Lesley,

      We will be sure to consider it when we right our next Blog on what do in Durban.

  38. I love everything about Durban, all seasons of the year

    • Hi Kelebogile,

      Yes Durban is pretty awesome no matter what time of year one visits 🙂

  39. Love this. This makes me want to head back to Durban ASAP! Such a helpful and informative guide for when I do get back. I’m dying to go to Durban.
    Thanks.
    Paul.
    http://www.travangelo.co.uk/

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the awesome feedback! Really puts a smile on our face knowing our fans enjoy your Blog!

      Yeah Dubs is a pretty awesome city so many awesome places to visit. I’m also looking for to my next visit.

  40. Hey do you have an updated version of this blog please. Xmas soon so all of JHB will be there haha 🙂

    • Hi Emma,

      I’m afraid we don’t have an updated version. This was written 6 months ago, so fingers crossed most of them are still the same.

      Enjoy your time in Durban over the Christmas holidays 🙂

  41. kindly include The Stables flea market. opens Wed , Fri nights from 5 to 10 weather permitting and Sun during the day. An awesome experience of shopping and mini food stalls .

    • Hi Inka,

      Thanks for the info. Next time we write up on Fun things to do in Durban, we will be sure to add The Stables flea market in.

  42. If you want some retail therapy head down to Mathews Meyiwa road near Florida Road and Moses Mabida. Lots of factory shops at good prices. Popular Durban picnic spots is the Blue Lagoon and Japanese gardens in Durban North. For the best Best prawn curry in the county it is Sea Belle Restaurant in La Mercy which is about an hour from Durban – closer to home – head to Sparks Road Overport for a loads of Indian food – butter chicken Naans chicken tikka etc

  43. Cannot miss out on a trip to Blue Lagoon over the weekend! Awesome vibe with assured quality family time. Great to just relax with your braai, friends and family. Watch the fishermen and just enjoy the atmosphere.

  44. What about Flag Animal Farm? I used to love going there as a child. Kids can ride ponies, and feed the goats, etc.

    And Thomson’s Beach in Salt Rock has the best natural tidal pool as well as a large man-made one.

    • Hi Chantz,

      Thanks for the extra info.

      Sounds like its the perfect spot to bring kids. Would be so much fun for the family.

  45. Durban may have good weather…in winter, but in summer the humidity is awful. the beach is ok, but Cape Town has much nicer beaches, although the water is colder, ouch! The only nice thing about Durban is the beach, and even then, compared to other beaches around the world, it comes in a pitiful 5th place. Compared to Cape Town and Johannesburg, Durban is dead. There are only 3 major shopping centres in Umhlanga, Westville and Amanzimtoti, all basically the same. There is not much else to do, other than the beach, or you have to go inland to the midlands to find an escape.
    Durban is not bad, but it is not fantastic either.

    • You come on to a post aimed at what to do in Durban and say there is nothing to do in Durban? Really?
      Clearly the people reading this are interested in activities that are offered in Durban.
      Please take your cynical self somewhere else.

  46. thanks

  47. The Roma is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern hemisphere??? What about The Ritz in Cape Town

    • The Ritz in Cape Town closed down this year. If you look at their website, they have a farewell message in place of the normal site.

  48. Thank you for the amaaazing guide. I am literally getting out of bed NOW to go and explore these places. I see Durban is fun after all (Visiting from JHB)

    • Hi Tshepo,

      Thanks for the awesome feedback 🙂

      Yes there are some awesome and amazing places to visit around Durban 🙂

      Enjoy your time there 🙂

  49. Hi

    Did you see there is an Indoor Trampoline Park Opening In KZN September 2105

    It is called Jump4Joy Indoor Trampoline Park

    http://www.j4j.co.za

    They are based in Waterfall Next to Hillcrest

    • Hi Stan,

      Thanks for the extra info 🙂

      Sure looks like a whole lot of fun for kids

    • jump4joy is also at the sugar rush park in ballito. alot of activities takes place there every week.

  50. I love Durban!

  51. Nice artical. Maybe do a lil reseaech before publishing it though. The D rex is not running and hasnt been for a long time. The skae park at wave house is pretty much dead, the part designed by tony hawk went a long tine ago and the kidney bowl is gone too.

    • Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for the feedback Ryan.

      I have passed this onto the relevant person who will update the Blog.

      Have a great day.

  52. dbn is the best place ,i want to die there. i love the f##c#n place,the only problem is salary from dbn compannies.

  53. You can also hire a SUP Board (stand up paddle board) from Expressions On The Beach, next to Marine Lifesaving. Absolute fun, awesome work out and a great way to get up close with the dolphins

    • Hi Alison,

      Thanks for the awesome tip! Will be sure to try it out next time in Durban.

      Must we a great feeling, being able to get up close with the dolphins 🙂

    • Hi Adam,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We will be in contact with you via e-mail shortly with regards to your post.

      Thanks

    • Relax bru….take a chill pill…..

  54. Wow I love this, thank u for showing a different side of Durban
    All I know is Night Clubs and the beach….

    • Yeah, it is awesome isn’t it Sibo.
      Our amazing city if Durban offers us all so much and we did not even realize it!!

  55. some items that should be in this list:
    -the famous Kara Nichas “special” sandwich (chips in bread toasted with sauce) – used to be R5… R7 now
    -visits to Durban’s oldest Temples (over 100 years): Durban Hindu Temple (Somtseu Road) & Shree Vaithanathar Eshwaraya Alayam (Umgeni Road) & Hare Krishna Temple in Chatsworth
    -visits to beautiful statues: Lord Muruga Statue at Stri Muruga Kovil (Phoenix) & Hanuman Statue at the Shri Vishnu Temple (Chatsworth)

  56. Also Impulse at Tinley Manor – magic Indian seafood stuff. U can get ur crab there.

  57. Nice article but to be honest, some of it, a bit misleading. I wanna throw my honest 5c into the pot. You see, you don’t do an article on Miami and not ask the Hispanics where to go. Note, Indians don’t eat at Johnnies – that’s not real curry for most of us. It’s low quality, honest. The geatest Indian food to come out of Durban is crab curry – a true delicacy and unquestionably the tastiest food on any Indian’s list. Just ask some. Indians also don’t go to House of Curries because again it’s not real curry – no taste bro. Try spots like Bon Bon, Savera, Danny’s House of Curries, Orientals – now that’s real food – not tasteless stuff. Even Britannia and Hollywood doesn’t make this list. Don’t mislead tourists bro. Try again. Remember the English are used to tasty curry. The food you are recommending will get thrown out of most Indian households.

    • Hi Robbie,

      Thanks for the feedback we will be on the lookout for more awesome things to do in Durban soon! Always up for an awesome curry 😀 Crab curry, sounds amazing and worth a taste. Will be sure to make a pit stop next time in Durban.

    • This is an amazing list Robbie. Not that your suggestions should be excluded but I have lived in Durban all my life and I never realized that our city offered such wonderful attractions, eateries, clubs and pubs. This list of 55 things to do under R250 i.e. AWESOME ….. well done!!!!

  58. My favorite spot durban is at Beach Bums, they r located at 65 Casuarina, Westbrook, it is where I got married and still go there every weekend. It is a fun place to hang out and it’s right on the beach!

  59. Thanks Travelstart. I love all of these choices. I have done most of them and looking forward to trying the rest.

  60. you sadly missing the magic of the Market precinct, 40 Gladys Mazibuko Rd, where Market restaurant, Shoppe and Kragdrag wield a strong local flavor.

    • Hi Yanni- good to know for when we do another Durban piece- thanks for the insider tip 🙂

  61. LOve the post as I love Durban. The beautiful weather! You forgot to mention’other markets such as the Iheart Market and the Farmers market in Hillcrest. Both very cool

    • Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for the added info 🙂

      Will be sure to check them both out when back in Durban. 🙂

      Always up for a nice stroll around a great market 🙂

  62. Thank you for mentioning us! Please do note that our address has changed. We are now based at 15 Station Drive, in the Station Drive Precinct just off Umgeni Road. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for getting in touch and letting us know. This will be updated on our side shortly 🙂

  63. Paradise valley is also a nature reserve with a water fall.Good place to spend the day

  64. I love absolutely everything about Durbs, always have & always will do. We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful city!

    • Love & miss my beloved Durban so much. Living in Australia now. Wish I could return home

  65. James built the composite skeleton bones for the Umhlanga Pier in conjunction with the DUT !

    • With respect Sue, it is the most unpalatable monstrosity assaulting the view of Durban from the main beach….. from an ou Umhlanga Boy!

  66. Awesome piece. Thanks for the mentions! #proudlyDurban

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