Durban Night Lights: Things To Do In Durban At Night

things to do in durban at night

Experience the awesomeness that is the Durban nightlife. Enjoy the unique activities, tours, lounges and an all-round great atmosphere that keep Durban revolving at night. It is a guarantee that there is something for you to do, whether you are with the love of your life, your family or a group of friends. Consider booking a stay in one of the beach houses or Airbnb vacation rentals, and check out the following things to do in Durban, South Africa at night.

Durban at night for lovers

1. Romantic Night Gondola Ride with Zulumoon Gondolas (from USD 8.0)

A gondola ride in Durban, you wonder? A feature that is always associated with Venice, the last place one would think about getting on a gondola is in Durban. Imagine a romantic float over the water under the Durban stars on the Durban Point Waterfront; yes, that is quite possible thanks to Zulumoon Gondolas.

Tour the Durban waterfront canals in the tranquility of the night skies and the Durban night lights with the love of your life. Zulumoon Gondolas have an array of rides which can be experienced in the day and also romantically inclined night rides for those in love. Did I mention you can have a romantic picnic on the gondola as your romantic evening is serenaded by calm lapping water? You will surely impress your significant other with this ride.

Zulumoon Gondolas

Address: 39 Timeball Blvd, Point, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Website: Zulumoon Gondolas

Relaxing Gondola Boat Ride on the Durban Point Waterfront Canal

Duration: 30 minutes

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2. Walk the Golden Mile

Durban beach front (1 of 1)
Source: Photo by user JasonSmuts used under CC BY-SA 4.0

When intensive upgrade and upkeep works took place in front of Durban’s beachfront before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the result was this beautiful seafront walkway, which has become a tourist magnet and a place where the locals always have to take their visitors when they come to Durban. The Golden Mile has exciting things to do when you walk down (or up) the boardwalk. For a romantic excursion, head off to Umhlanga Pier, which was declared as the world’s most beautiful pier by CNN for sunrise or sunset walks.

Pop into the many establishments along the promenade to shop or have a bite. Many people prefer to walk on the boardwalk but take it a notch higher and have a Segway tour as you whizz on the walkway with your guide having a fun learning session about Durban. If falling on your bum is an imminent danger for you and your significant other, then rent a pedal car or rollerblades from the Skate Store and have the wind on your face as you glide on the whole stretch of the Durban Golden Mile. Stop over at Joe Cool’s for a bite and cooling drink while the sun goes down and have a beautiful view of the ocean.

The Golden Mile

Address: Durban, South Africa


Live music

1. Beach Bums

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

A combination of good food, sand in your toes, good atmosphere and great live music, Beach Bums will have you going back for more of their beachside live music scene they have got going on there. With a weekly roster of different music, a DJ who turns the sandy beach into a dance floor for the revelers every Saturday, and a different band every Sunday, you definitely will love going here.

Beach Bums

Address: 65 Casuarina Rd, Genazzano, 4399, South Africa

Website: Beach Bums

2. The Rainbow Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Rainbow on Monday, June 27, 2022

With a history that rivals many restaurants, The Rainbow Restaurant was started in 1981, a time when apartheid was a sore spot in South Africa. It has outlived that era and has become one of the best jazz lounges in Durban and in South Africa. With a relaxed ambience and servings of home-produced food, you will not go wrong when checking out this place.

The Rainbow Restaurant

Address: 23 Stanfield Ln, New Germany, Pinetown 3620, South Africa

Website: The Rainbow Restaurant

Dance the night away

1. Café Vacca Matta

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

The perfect place to have a great night in Durban, with its VIP lounge, terrace bar, restaurant and nightclub, Café Vacca Matta is rightfully positioned in such a way that it faces the ocean to give you breathtaking views as you dance the night away. It is found inside the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment Complex.

Café Vacca Matta

Address: 153 Florida Rd, Windermere, Berea 4001, South Africa

Website: Café Vacca Matta

2. Tiger Tiger

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Tiger Tiger DBN on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Popular with the locals, this club will have you dancing to the latest hits from different music genres. Drinks will not be lacking thanks to its seven bars that have a wide variety of drinks for you to choose from. Enjoy its buoyant atmosphere or if you want to go a little further, check out their VIP area for exclusivity.

Tiger Tiger

Address: 67 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa

Website: Tiger Tiger

Shop local under the Durban stars

1. The Litchi Orchard Night Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Litchi Orchard on Saturday, May 14, 2022

A night market that has great food, great entertainment in the form of live music, great drinks and an all-round festive atmosphere, The Litchi Orchard Night Market is an event not to be missed if you are in Durban. Pets are allowed on a leash and you pay a small entry fee. If traveling with the family, this is a must-do.

The Litchi Orchard Night Market

Address: Seaforth Avenue, Umhlali 4390, South Africa

Website: The Litchi Orchard Night Market

2. Rooftop Night Market

Editor’s Note: Establishment is permanently closed at the time of writing

Found on Musgrave Center, The Roof Top Night Market takes place every first Friday of the month. Characterized by the locally produced matchless creations being sold at the market, this market is aimed at promoting local entrepreneurship and giving a platform for high quality local products to find a market, an opportunity they may not have ever had.

Rooftop Night Market

Address: 115 Musgrave Rd, Musgrave, Berea 4001, South Africa

Website: Rooftop Night Market

Durban nights

Durban beach front at night
Source: Photo by user Vince Smith used under CC BY 2.0

The above are just some of the things you can do at night when visiting Durban. A mix of local vibes, great locations, ocean air, and great atmosphere, Durban’s nightlife will always be a great experience for many. After your day activities, explore Durban at night and enjoy the local hospitality. After all, Durban has plenty of places to stay for your accommodation needs, including hotels and guesthouses.

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