The varied and extreme terrain in and around Durban offers the perfect playground for adrenalin junkies.
The rugged terrain of the outlying areas of the city are ideal for mountain biking.
An exciting new trail is being developed as part of the Woza eNanda route. Inanda Community Tourism: 031 519 2555
Giba Gorge, near Pinetown, is considered the “ultimate biking adventure experience” in KwaZulu-Natal, incorporating mountain biking, downhill, BMX and dirt jumps. Rides for all skill levels, bike hire, café/restaurant, live music, conference centre and tented accommodation. 031 769 1527 / www.gibagorge.co.za
World-class rock climbing venues can be found at Monteseel, ‘The Wave Cave’ at Shongweni Dam, and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, all in the Valley of 1000 Hills.
A number of operators offer horse riding in the area, including scenic outrides and beach rides.
If you’re a water enthusiast, you water enthusiast, you can go kayaking and canoeing on the Umgeni River or skiing, boating or rafting the various dams surrounding the city - Shongweni and Inanda in the west or Hazelmere in the north.
Up in the air!
Take a helicopter or microlight trip across the beachfront.
Go paragliding and microlighting at Cato Ridge.
Oribi Gorge Swing ( www.oribigorge.co.za )
A short drive from Durban, is the highest swing in the world. Take a leap off the waterfall and swing into the depths of the gorge in a 100 m or 33-storey arc!
Karkloof Canopy Tour (033 330 3415 / www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za)
The Karkloof Canopy Tour is a three-hour canopy adventure through the magnificent Karkloof indigenous forest. The tour involves traversing from one platform to another, 30m above the forest floor!
Durban’s year-round sunny climate and lush, natural environment enhance the enjoyment of playing golf on the numerous golf courses found in and around the city. Six of these clubs are rated amongst the top 30 in the country, and are within an hours’ drive of Durban.
If you’re more into spectator sports, in addition to Moses Mabhida Stadium, there’s King’s Park Stadium which is home to the Sharks rugby team, and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, a major test match and one-day cricket venue. All in the same vicinity.
Greyville Racecourse hosts the extremely fashionable Durban July every year, and also features night races. Clairwood Racecourse, known as the “Garden Course” is an oasis of fauna and flora. Which makes it even harder to believe that this charming racecourse is built on land that was originally a swamp!
If you’ve been spending too much time sitting at the COP17/CMP7 conference and feel you could do with a workout, there are two Virgin Active Gyms nearby - one in Moses Mabhida Stadium and the other next to King’s Park Stadium.
Should you be staying up the north coast, there’s a Virgin at Gateway Shopping Centre. There are also various other excellent gyms spread all over Durban.