Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
The Bluff (1.5 km from Brighton Beach)
The Bluff National Park Golf Club is a lovely 18-hole course located within a wetland conservation area south of Durban Central.
This is an Alan Barnard designed championship course. Facilities include a club house bar, banquet area, meeting facilities and halfway house. Golf carts are available for hire as well as caddies at reasonable rates. Non-members are more than welcome.
The Bluff (1.7 km from Brighton Beach)
The Bluff Nature Reserve is Durban's oldest nature reserve, comprising a wetland pan, lake and adjacent forest area.
The reserve acts as a bird sanctuary. For birders this can be a delight; there are two bird hides that provide excellent viewing opportunities, as well as a trail that leads around the pan.
Safe parking is provided at the entrance and a nominal fee is charged for entry.
Open times: 7:00 to 17:00.
The Bluff (2.1 km from Brighton Beach)
Ansteys Beach, unlike other Durban beaches, is very laid back and calm; a favorite among the locals.
The sand is superb and even better is the great surf. On any given day you'll find a healthy amount of surfers, body boarders and kite surfers riding the waves. The water has some shallow spots which are perfect for swimmers. You can bathe in peace knowing this is shark-protected waters and there are life guards on duty. All of this makes Ansteys Beach worth a visit.
The Bluff (3.8 km from Brighton Beach)
Garvies Beach is a nice, long stretch of sand in front of a thick residential area within The Bluff, just south of Durban Central.
Garvies is a much admired surfing spot with a strong local support, but due to it's powerful surf, it's best left to the more experienced surfers. When Anstey's Beach is a little too crowded, you can always drive over to Garvies for a more relaxed time in the sun.
Galleries and Museums
Durban Beachfront (7.7 km from Brighton Beach)
Built right on Catalina flying boats' Control Tower on Wilson's Wharf, Catalina Theatre's theme and decor reflect the ambience of a creative and dramatic flying machine!
Catalina Theatre is the dream of Durban thespian, director, producer and performing arts personality, Themi Venturas. New productions are staged every two to three weeks and vary from comedy and the classics to drama and rock music.
At Catalina there is a seat in the house to suit every artistic taste and personality. Bar staff are funky, the drinks are cold and the harbour view is breath taking. Say no more!
Durban Beachfront (8.5 km from Brighton Beach)
Come nose to snout with a toothy predator in one of the five largest aquariums in the world. uShaka Sea World incorporates a unique shipwreck-themed aquarium, a 1 200 seater dolphin stadium, a seal pool and penguin rookery as well as interactive activities in the dive tank, snorkel reef and touch pool.Gaze at huge Ragged-tooth sharks, Zambezi sharks, Hammerhead sharks, giant grouper and giant guitarfish. Touch a starfish, feel a sea cucumber or be adventurous and try the Oceanwalker Experience.
Galleries and Museums
Durban (8.6 km from Brighton Beach)
The BAT Centre is Durban's vibrant multi-purpose arts centre merging visual and performing arts under one roof. The bright mosaic and mural-covered building has undergone a complete transformation from its former navy hang-out days. Here you will find galleries, artists-in-residence, plus performances of folk music, poetry and spoken-word. The auditorium is the site of the main events held at the BAT Centre. It can hold up to 750 people or 500 people
seated and has dressings rooms and ablution facilities.
Why BAT? Acronym for 'The Bartel Arts Trust' this centre is also an urban-based community art centre that is a venue and facility for skills training, promotion and exposure of disadvantaged and emergent artists. The focus of the centre is local arts, culture, crafts and entertainment that reflects the Zulu, Indian and Western heritage of KwaZulu-Natal. The difference at BAT is the grassroots, the experimental, the cross-arts trends and the innovation that is promoted at the centre.
Durban (8.7 km from Brighton Beach)
With its incomparable harbour views, Wilson's Wharf is Durban's trendiest fusion of fun food, top shows and crafts, blended with the rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways.
The waterfront has something for everyone, from a fast-food court to restaurants providing funky food and fine dining, from cuisine from the four corners of the globe to an oyster bar, and from harbour cruise dining to a cosy coffee bar or festive pub atmosphere.
Shops contain a wide range of quality crafts and speciality items for the discerning shopper, while the 165-seat intimate Catalina Theatre brings top shows to Durban's only stage with bay vistas.
The Marina offers deep-sea fishing charters daily, or visitors may take their pick of the catch-of-the-day from a full range of seafood at the wharf-side fresh fish market.
Bulwer (8.7 km from Brighton Beach)
The Marutswa Forest Project started in 2004 and aims to promote the conservation of Bulwer's unique biodiversity. The indigenous forest is managed by Ezemvelo Wildlife and offers three forest trails all varying in intensity. All the trails start at the visitors centre and end along the same route.
The contour trail is suitable for anyone and is the easiest trail as it is completely flat. Visitors will first pass through the rehabilitation section before entering the forest. The trail is approximately 1275 m with boardwalks and steps along the way. The walk ends on the grasslands with distant views over the rural landscape.
The tanglewood detour is slightly steeper as it branches off the contour path up a slope for about to 10 to 15 m before adjoining with the contour path again.
The terrace traverse is the steepest trail. It rises up through the grasslands before entering the forest at the base of the scree slopes. It then trails along the terrace before sloping down through giant boulders to join the tanglewood detour.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Durban Beachfront (8.9 km from Brighton Beach)
Durban’s popular club for ocean lovers couldn’t be better situated - right on Durban’s Beachfront at Vetch's Pier, between Ushaka Marine World and the northern harbour breakwater.The Durban Undersea Club (DUC) is a family orientated, social activities club for people that are passionate about the ocean and beaches. The club offers numerous activities like scuba diving, spearfishing, underwater hockey, underwater photography, boating and surf skiing.DUC has a fully equipped dive locker with a 450lt/min air and nitrox compressor and 12 sets of Scuba equipment, a washing up area with rinse baths and showers for dive kit and boats. There’s also a bar and kitchen facilities, ablutions, dining area, function facilities, safe parking with controlled access and easy foot access to the beach from the sun tanning lawn area.The beach in front of the clubhouse is protected from large waves and currents by the Vetch's pier breakwater, a 500m long submerged reef which, along with adjacent limestone reef, is home to hundreds of species of marine life and is a great snorkel and or shallow Scuba dive (max 6m depth). The calm waters and protection from the Bluff makes the DUC beach one of the safest and best for beachgoers with children.
Ushaka (8.9 km from Brighton Beach)
uShaka Beach, located in close proximity to uShaka Marine World, is a great beach to go for if you're keen for a surf, or if you're simply into some beach relaxation.
Parking is secure, cheap, and if you're a beginner surfer this is a splendid beach to try it out for the first time.
Durban Central (9 km from Brighton Beach)
Ever dreamt of sashaying in a sari, getting tattooed with henna or tucking into an ‘atomic bomb’ curry? Satisfy your yearning for burning and a lot more at Durban’s oldest market.
Venture down to the Victoria Street Market on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets in Durban Central and step into a sensory Afro-Indian world. Here the smell of incense and spices pervades the atmosphere where over 180 traders sell their produce. You will find all manner of delightful food and spices including a fish market.
Durban’s Indian community is the largest outside of India and has influenced the character of the city immensely. Operating since 1870, Victoria Street Market still offers a dizzying whirl of colour, aromas, vibrant fabrics and the cheerful noise of bartering. Shoppers can purchase silk saris, scarves, jewellery, woven baskets, beaded and carved curios, Asian ceramics and even cheap Chinese products.
Further down is the clothing mecca of Grey Street (Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street), where you will find typical Indian architecture, narrow lanes, colonnades over pavements and an array of fabric shops.
Open Monday to Saturday 08:00 – 18:00; Sunday and public holidays 10:00 – 16:00.
+27 (0) 31 306 4021.
Addington Beach (9.1 km from Brighton Beach)
Due to its protected position near Durban’s harbour, Addington Beach is a perfect beach for learning how to surf and bodyboard in gentle waves. Addington Beach is also the beach for you if you're keen to escape the crowds and swim in calm water. Set on Durban's Golden Mile, the beach is protected year round by shark nets and professional lifeguards.
Big Event Venues
Durban Central (9.4 km from Brighton Beach)
Situated opposite the International Convention Centre Durban, the Durban
Exhibition Centre is a multi-purpose
exhibition, function and conference centre.
Two large halls offer a
combined space of 9600m2 while several smaller halls, luxury suites and catering facilities are also
available. The DEC also features 20 000m2 of plazas
and gardens which are suitable for outdoor events
and conference parking.
South Beach (9.4 km from Brighton Beach)
Durban’s South Beach is a popular surf spot, known as a safe place for beginner surfers. Situated on the southern end of the Golden Mile, it is protected by lifeguards and shark nets.
Beachfront hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and lofty apartments line the palm-fringed shoreline. Despite development, some Art Deco architecture still remains. Grab a bunny chow and set your umbrella and towel on the sand for blissful chilling in the sunshine.