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Durban Botanic Gardens Tours and Activities

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Cape Town's Kirstenbosch gardens may be more famous, but Durban's Botanic Gardens hold the title of Africa's oldest surviving botanical gardens.

Founded in 1851, Durban's Botanic Gardens were a response to Kew Gardens' challenge of creating botanic gardens around the world. The goal was not only to furnish Kew with new plants, but also to help raise global awareness of potentially valuable plants. The first garden in Durban was established in 1849 in a different location – it has been at its current location, closer to the city, since 1851.

The gardens cover more than 37 acres and are known for their collection of cycads, ferns, and orchids. There are also several events held in the gardens throughout the year, including concerts, tea parties, and an indigenous plant fair in September.

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Durban City Private Half Day Tour

Durban City Private Half Day Tour

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This tour includes a variety of stops and gives tourists a chance to see Durban and learn about the people and its history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.79
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Durban City Private Day Tour

Durban City Private Day Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Durban's highlights and landmarks, with transportation in between, on this full-day tour. Listen as your guide delves deep into the history, culture, architecture, and environment of this South African city. Stops include the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Umhlanga Rocks Promenade, Ushaka Village Walk, City Hall, Victoria Street Market, Durban Botanic Gardens, and others.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.64
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Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City, Valley of 1000 Hills and PheZulu Tour

Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City, Valley of 1000 Hills and PheZulu Tour

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Journey into South Africa's Golden Mile on this magnificent adventure that highlights history, architecture and nature. Visit the City Centre, Botanical Gardens and wander stalls of the famous Victoria Street Indian Market. You'll sample bunny chow--a local delicacy--before check out the Moses Mabhida Football Stadium and the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Learn about the cultures and traditions of the Zulu Nation on a visit to PheZulu and take in all the wonder this African nation has to offer.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$140.21
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Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Durban City sightseeing tour to get to know a city built by Zulu tribes, colonial settlers, and Indians who came during the 19th century to work as indentured servants. Learn more about how this diversity has shaped Durban.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.58
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$41.58
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Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City Tour

Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City Tour

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Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Durban as you make your way along the famous Golden Mile. See historic buildings, learn about the iconic city center and explore the tropical Botanical Gardens alongside your expert guide. Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and visit the Moses Mabhida Stadium on this comprehensive tour that highlights the best of this coastal city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Durban from Within : An Immersive City Tour

Durban from Within : An Immersive City Tour

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Start the day strolling through Africa’s oldest surviving Botanical Gardens with our passionate horticulturalist tapping into its history and unique collection. Unlock the trendy suburb of Glenwood with artist Mooki Lion and track down the public portfolios of local street artists. Time to meet Mama Nkosi otherwise known as the dancing curator of one of the largest collections of traditional art as she reveals indigenous beliefs and tribal culture. Tuck into lunch (own cost) and sample the popular flavours of Durban — ever tried a bunny chow? With your energy levels restored, enter into the beating heart of the city — Victoria Street Market — and meet local merchants as they peddle their wares. Drive through the city centre as your guide brings it to life with historical anecdotes and an encyclopaedia of knowledge. Moses Mabhida Stadium isn’t just great to look at, it’s also terrific to jump off (own cost). Finish the day at Station Drive Precinct for an artisan gelato tasting.
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  • 8 hours
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$127.15
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Durban City Day Tour Including a Tour of the Zulu Markets

Durban City Day Tour Including a Tour of the Zulu Markets

Visit some of the most unique sites in South Africa on this informative and fun Durban city day tour. You will get to walk through the bustling Zulu Markets as well as the Indian Market. You will get a tour through the oldest surviving Botanical Gardens in Africa as well as visit the historical city center. You will get to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant where Durban's famed "bunny chow" is served and you will visit the famous Golden Mile that keep visitors coming year after year.
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  • 6 hours
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$66.97
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Durban in a Moment: Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museums & Traditional Markets

Durban in a Moment: Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museums & Traditional Markets

Explore SA’s oldest Botanical Gardens with a horticulturalist who’ll introduce you to their unique collection of plants and secret to invisibility. Meet the dancing curator of the city’s largest collection of tribal art, tap into indigenous beliefs and South African traditional culture. The Markets of Warwick are home to over 5 000 vendors which 460 000 commuters pass through by daily. It’s time to tap into this beating heart of the city and unlock the soul of the Victoria Street Market — the Muti Bridge. Visit Asiye Etafuleni — the NGO protecting the rights of traders — to understand the significance of this space to the city and her people. Finish the day with a Durban bunny chow at an award winning local foodie hotspot on Helen Joseph Road (own cost).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Durban Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Durban Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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Durban City Tour

Durban City Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour of our vibrant and captivating city and experience it's cultural mix, energy and history. Get to learn about how the city developed from a mere settlement to the modern city of today, including the personalities who contributed to it's history.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.35
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Durban: Visit a Museum of living Plants and a Sanctuary for Primates

Durban: Visit a Museum of living Plants and a Sanctuary for Primates

Start the day strolling through Africa’s oldest surviving Botanical Gardens with a passionate horticulturalist tapping into its history and their unique collection. Meet the loneliest man on planet Earth and learn about the secret to invisibility. Yes you heard right. Drop in at the vibey suburb of Umhlanga Rocks en route for a spot of lunch at the award winning street food dive, CaneCutters, and taste Durban’s Indian Heritage (own cost). Bunny Chows are their speciality. Ready for an immersive primate experience? Monkeyland KZN is the world’s second free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary offering a range of experiences including monkey safaris where you will encounter species such as capuchin monkeys, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, buff-cheeked gibbons and black howler monkeys in their forest home. Connect with your primate friends at leisure.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Durban Botanic Gardens hours of operation?
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Durban Botanic Gardens hours of operation: April 16-Sept 15 7:30am-5:30pm; Sept 16-April 15 7:30am-5:15pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Durban Botanic Gardens tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Durban Botanic Gardens can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Durban Botanic Gardens 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Durban Botanic Gardens costs USD 35.90. Guided Durban Botanic Gardens tours start around USD 35.90 per person.
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