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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.
Snake Park Beach is one of the popular surfing beaches on Durban’s Golden Mile. During peak season it usually gets flooded with holidaymakers. Although the exposed beach break is inconsistent, it gets pretty crowded when the surf is up. Winter is the best time of year for surfing the left or right waves. The beach is patrolled by lifesavers and protected by shark nets.
Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is spread across the banks of the Tugela River on KwaZulu-Natal's North coast. The nature reserve protects KwaZulu-Natal's indigenous floral habitat and wildlife.
There are walking trails, picnic sites, and a variety of bird life and wildlife. There are also a number of self-guided trails to explore, some of which are lined with medicinal plants traditionally used by the Zulu people and the early white settlers.
Fort Pearson and Ultimatum Tree are both national monuments and lie within the nature reserve. Their historical roots date back to the Anglo-Zulu wars.
There is a small entrance fee of R10 for adults and R5 for children (subject to change without notice).
The facilities along Umhlanga’s beachfront are similar to what you may expect at other world famous beach destinations. The clean, white sandy beach and warm water of the Indian Ocean waters beckons. There are great seafood restaurants with seating almost on the beach.
Park on Lagoon Drive and walk down "Walkway to the Beach" (signposted). Some of South Africa's most famous hotels are along this coastline – the Cabanas, Breakers, Pearls, Oyster Box and the legendary Beverly Hills, Sol Kerzner's first hotel.
A beautiful paved walk meanders through a beach garden to your left, while a stroll to the right will bring you all the way up to Umhlanga Beach's landmark, Umhlanga Lighthouse.
One of the biggest malls in the southern hemisphere, Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers an incredible choice with 380 top-notch retailer stores, the most up-to-date entertainment and sophisticated fashion.Visitors are guaranteed an experience way beyond what one would normally expect from a major shopping mall.Grab your kids and let them lose on the soaring indoor climbing wall, the scary D-Rex or gentle wave machine. Wannabee Einstein’s can have fun while exploring the secrets of the universe at the ScienCentre. There’s so much on offer for families at Durban's entertainment hub – even a dinner theatre that will have you slapping your thighs and rolling in the aisles with tears streaming down your cheeks.
Explore Umdloti's beaches and hills on horseback for a one-of-a-kind experience. This activity is suitable for beginners and advanced riders; tuition is also available.
Be sure to phone the equestrian center before arrival, as rides are only done on appointment. Pricing is available on request.
Big Event Venues
Where Africa and the world meet. The International Convention Centre Durban (DICC) is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. Key factors in the design of this
state-of-the-art technology driven centre are flexibility and versatility.
The DICC is a purpose-built, fully air-conditioned centre with three convention hallsthat are interlinked but separate. Moveable walls allow for numberous different venue configurations. Alternatively the halls can be opened up to form one large venue with seating for 5000 delegates or 7000m squared of column free floor space.
Together with its sister venue, the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC), the ICC can double its capacity to accommodate 10 000 conference delegates. The centres can function independently or as two halves of one whole. This is achieved by closing Walnut Road, a brick-paved concourse between the two centres, to provide easy access for delegates.
Durban Country Club offers a sublime golfing experience, just a stroll away from Durban's amazing beach front.
Rated as one of South Africa's best, Durban Country Club comes with gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. It's characteristic feature is the remarkable hills on the fairways, due to the fact the course was built atop sand dunes.
Facilities include a pro shop, club and cart rental, change room, a practice facility, and restaurant.
La Lucia Mall offers an exclusive shopping experience in the heart of this holiday suburb.
With over 130 retailers you'll find everything you'll looking for and possibly more; from local favorites to top international brands.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 18:00;
Saturday: 8:30 - 17:00;
Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00.
PheZulu Safari Park boasts a crocodile and snake park offering guests interesting tours led by knowledgeable guides.
Learn fascinating facts about fearsome crocodiles and snakes, meet 'Junior' their 102-year-old Nile crocodile and have a hands-on experience with Cleo, their lovely Burmese python who weighs in at 42 kilograms and is 3.2 metres long.
Don’t miss the chance of ogling many snake species including African rock pythons, green and black mambas, boomslang, vine snakes, puff adders, spitting cobras, rinkhals, forest cobras, Egyptian cobras, bush snakes, night adders, spotted house snakes, southern brown egg eaters, olive house snakes, Burmese pythons, anacondas and boa constrictors.
+27 (0) 31 777 1000
Old Main Road, Botha's Hill, Valley of 1000 Hills, KwaZulu-Natal.
Durban’s palm-fringed North Beach delivers stunning sunrises all year round and has blissfully warm water. Enjoy a morning or evening stroll along the promenade and watch surfers riding waves off the pier. The vibe is fun and the beach attracts a vibrant mix of Durban’s cultures.
Galleries and Museums
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.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Staging its first Test match in 1923, Kingsmead cricket grounds has seen some of South African cricket’s most significant triumphs. Kingsmead is also home to the KwaZulu-Natal cricket team – the Sunfoil Dolphins.
Today the extensively redeveloped stadium sport new stands, keeping the old main grandstand as a token of its past grandeur. The 25 000-seater stadium is almost situated within bowling distance of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – it's just a short stroll to the beach.
The below-sea-level pitch is something of a local legend – apparently when the tide comes in it rises the water table, giving seam bowlers an unexpected advantage.
The Hawaan Forest is a stunning indigenous woodland that dates back to hundreds of years. This beautiful sanctuary is home to valuable tropical tree species and various birds and animals. Not far is Umhlanga Ponds, one of the best birding sites on the North Coast. Entry is restricted to guided walks held on Saturdays at 8am. Bookings are essential: +27 (0) 31 566 4018.
Wedge Beach is a popular surfing spot located to the right of the beachfront's new pier in Durban. The name of the beach is related to surfing, as with most of Durban's beach names. It refers to the typical A-frame shape of the waves at this beach. It is ideal for surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, and due to Durban's tropical climate it is warm enough to spend a relaxing day on the beach even during winter.