Durban, South Africa’s equivalent of Miami or Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with surfing, swimming and a near constant tropical heat. But it’s not all inner-city swelter. If you’re into day hikes, there are some great options close to the city.
The Beach Trail
How about a 5km beach walk from Salt River to Ballito North or the other way around? With stunning beaches stretching out in front of you, rocky platform sections near Shaka’s Rock (passable at high tide via a route that goes up and over the back) and several places to swim, what’s not to like?
What to look out for: Beach sculptures and tidal pools. Sand artists ply their trade at Ballito North so keep an eye out for them as you start out. About half way along the hike, you will find Charlie’s Pool, a great tidal pool for a refreshing swim. If you’re ending your hike in Salt Rock there’s another tidal pool at that end of the hike.
The Forest Trail(s)
For something a little more shaded and lush, explore the Giba Gorge Nature Reserve in Hillcrest. All in, it’s a 7km return hike that takes you through meandering indigenous forest paths on the Ukhozi trail before it splits and becomes the Ndabushe trail. Your goal? The McIntosh Falls deep in the gorge. Once you get there, take a deep breath and take the plunge.
What to look out for: TheEagles (Ukhozi) and Caracal (Ndabushe) that give the trails their names.
Still need a reason to go? Check out this video by Novos Digital Cinema