Downtown Durban has a host of places for tourists to visit. There is the old site of the Durban Central Prison and the KwaMuhle Museum which shows artifacts of Zulu ancestry as well as pictures to the reality of South Africa during the apartheid time. The Old Court House Museum shows what the early settlements in Durban were like, with photos and artifacts.  Also City hall, built in 1910 in a style that is Edwardian neo-baroque City Hall is also a beautiful sight.

The most prominent part of Durban is called “The Golden Mile”, which is the stretch of beach where sun bathers, surfers and bodybuilders gather for fun in the sun. Addington Beach is a good beach for beginner to moderate surfers. Within the Golden Mile, there are restaurants, fast food outlets and cinemas, all good things for tourists. Also, there is a Ushaka Marine World and Snake Park nearby.  

Three miles from the city centre is Durban’s Kite beach, which is part of the reason Durban is famous for the world’s best kite-surfing. In the North of the Golden Mile, other beaches, such as Country Club Beach, Tekwini Beach and Laguna Beach, provide a more secluded get-away for some tourists. At the mouth of the Umgeni River there is Blue Lagoon beach which is popular for fishing amongst locals. Past this river is the La Lucia and Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve, which is good to visit for a day of natural relaxation and walking in the trails.

In the south-side of Durban, there is a Bluff which overlooks the southeast of Durban Harbor. Here lie Brighton Beach, Cave Rock Beach, Anstey's Beach and Garvies Beach which are all highly popular and good places to enjoy the day by the water or around the hush which is close to the beach shore. Anstey’s bay, about five miles from the city center, is famous for surfing and kite-surfing.