Tourist Attractions

Ushaka Marine world
uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World Incorporates fresh and sea water, natural materials, the re-creation of a wreck of a 1940's cargo ship, with the 5th largest aquarium in the world by volume of water, coupled with indigenous African imagery, lush vegetation and maritime images of the Port of Durban, plus a water slides amusement park, uShaka is a complete 'Marine World'
ABSA Stadium

Absa Stadium
Absa Stadium currently hosts The Natal Sharks (the slightly adapted name given to the above rugby team when they compete in South Africa's main domestic rugby competition, the Currie Cup and the Super 14 tournament).

The Vodacom Durban July

The Vodacom Durban July
The excitement of Vodacom Durban July Day surpasses that of any other event on the African continent. 56 000 people are expected at Greyville to witness South Africa’s best thoroughbreds storm down the home straight to the finish of the R2 million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July. If you haven't secured reservations, there are many casual restaurants, including Greyville's popular Al Fresco area, The Paddock, where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World

Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World
If winning is on your agenda, then the 7 000 m² casino, with both smoking & non-smoking facilities, 1250 slot machines and 50 game tables (Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Punto Banco and Dice), the Suncoast is just the place to go! Luxurious Salon Privé, private gaming rooms, ample food and bar facilities - time spent at the Suncoast is always great fun

The Sharks Board

Sharks Board visit:
The Sharks Board welcomes and encourages visitors to its complex in Umhlanga Rocks where they can view a 25 minute audio visual presentation on the day to day work done by the Sharks Board as well as the important role sharks and other animals play in the marine ecosystem. This is followed by a 20 minute dissection of a shark

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens.
Durban’s Botanical Gardens on the eastern slopes of the Berea ridge that began as a site for growing experimental tropical crops, today offer a herbarium, an orchid house, a Cycad collection, a garden for the blind and a charity tea garden. The tea garden is open from 09h30 to 16h15 daily.. Address: 70 St Thomas Road, Durban.

Durban Natural Science Museum

Durban Natural Science Museum.
Visit the Durban Natural Science Museum - Hosts a number of informative and educational displays of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. The museum also has an Egyptian mummy. It will provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. There is also a coffee shop in the museum. 1st Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban.

Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary.
The sanctuary consists of a large expanse of open water surrounded by rolling lawns and gardens on one end, and indigenous riverine forest on the other. An easy half-hour self-guided trail winds itself through the forest and is a haven for birdlife. From any of the three bird hides one has an opportunity of seeing many of the 150 bird species in the sanctuary, such as resident Spurwing Geese, White Faced Duck, Greenback Heron, Giant Kingfisher and Hamperkop

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve.
The Paradise Valley waterfall is one of the most beautiful spots in the Durban district.  There are several good walks, one of which runs alongside the river to the waterfall.  Picnic sites, public toilets, braai facilities, a car park and visitors centre are all available.  Open daily from 7am to 5pm

Hazelmere Dam

Hazlemere Dam.
Enjoy a day of swimming and braaing in the sun at Hazlemere Dam

Phezulu Safari Park

Phezulu Safari Park
A replica of a typical Zulu village with beehive shaped huts. Here a visitor can gain insight into the lifestyle of the Zulu's and see their living quarters and utensils. A typical Zulu dance is performed at the arena for visitors. A traditional lunch is also available. Many water-loving indigenous trees and shrubs are to be seen. Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm daily. Show times: 10:00 - 11:30am, 1:30 - 3:30pm.

Vetch's Pier

Snorkel at Vetch’s Pier
Go snorkelling at Vetch’s Pier (800m North of the harbour entrance)

Bird Park

River Bird Park
Spectacular waterfalls and lush vegetation form a magnificent backdrop at this fine bird park. Set on the bank of the Umgeni River, it displays more than 400 species of birds. Refreshments and light meals served in the tea garden. Catering is provided for children's parties

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens
Located on Tinsley Drive in Durban North, an outing to the Japanese Gardens is a pleasant afternoon excursion.

Essenwood Craft Market

Essenwood Craft Market on a Saturday
The region’s foremost craft, art, treasures and collectables market takes place every Saturday morning under the trees a stone’s throw away from Musgrave Centre. Be sure to visit the Art Stand which is a one-stop arts, leisure, theatre, gallery and event info stand. In-between shopping, there is a comprehensive tea garden with an array of brunch and tea time delights, as well as children’s activities and a playground

Mitchell Park & Zoo
Mitchells Park & Zoo
The well established gardens are a great place to spend an afternoon on a hot, humid summer’s day.

A year round display of bold and contrasting colours surrounds the main walk from the tea garden to the entrance. An extensive collection of exotic birds, tropical fish, small animals and reptiles are housed in a pleasing setting
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Burman Bush Nature Reserve
Burman Bush Nature Reserve
This small remnant patch of coastal bush gives the visitor an opportunity to see what Durban was like when the early settlers first arrived. There is abundant bird and plant life. There is a 500 metre walk with 15 observation points. Resource centre, toilets, picnic sites, braai facilities and ample parking
KZNSA Gallery

KZNSA Gallery
This superb gallery has taken up residence in the lush surrounds of Bulwer Park and now houses not only three separate exhibition spaces, but an unusual gift shop and a restaurant as well. The new building, with its interplay of interior and exterior space makes this a perfect - and not to mention, highly popular - spot to soak up a little cafe culture. Lovers of art can now stroll through the main gallery, the mezzanine and photographic galleries, drool over the glittering array of arts and crafts goodies, or linger over a raspberry cheesecake and a cappuccino in the arts cafe. The gallery, one of the country's oldest, remains one of the strongest forces in Durban's art world. Many young artists have launched a fulfilling career at one of the KNSA fortnightly exhibitions. Besides providing a platform for local artists, the KNSA also has an extensive outreach programme. Bulwer Road -
Glenwood.

Bluff Nature Reserve & North Park Nature Reserve

Bluff Nature Reserve & North Park Nature Reserve
There are two bird hides for bird watching and a trail has been laid out. Waterfowl life is fantastic in the large pond. Duiker and small mammals such as mongoose occur. Ablution facilities, parking and a picnic site
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Walk The Golden Mile or Golden 6km

Walk The Golden Mile or Golden 6km
It’s a popular self guided walking tour that received its name from the Portuguese explorers who referred to the sea sand along the coast in this area as the ‘Sands of Gold’. This walking tour normally commences at Natal Command, which is located at the corner of Argyle & Snell Parade. You need to walk in a southerly direction along the Snell Parade, which later becomes Marine Parade.

The Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse Theatre
This building was started as a picture palace in 1896, but was rebuilt in 1927 in Tudor Revival style and has a mock façade showing a Tudor town. There are five venues for performances, including the opera, drama theatre, cellar, loft and studio.
Address: Smith Street, opposite the City Hall.
Box office: 031 369-9596 or 369-9540

Curries Drinking Fountain

Currie’s Drinking Fountain
Visit Currie’s Drinking Fountain. This is a significant historial memorial in catalogue cast iron of the Victorian period. The actual ‘fountain’ was an artesian well at the Currie’s fountain site below the botanical gardens. The site was a starting point for many political marches into Durban. The site can be found on the corner of West Street and Point Road.

Sahara Stadium

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
Kingsmead is a 25 000-seater stadium located within walking distance of Durban’s famed Indian Ocean shoreline. Now home to the Nashua Dolphins, games are played regularly during the summer season and Castle Corner is a superb place to watch the Boxing Day Test

Durban Art Gallery

Durban Art Gallery.
The gallery has a fine collection of national & international artworks in all media, focusing on contemporary South African artwork. They can be found at 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street

King Goodwill Zwelethini's homestead at Umbelebeleni

King Goodwill Zwelethini's homestead at Umbelebeleni.
The current king is a direct descendant of Shaka and combines a western sophistication with a revival in Zulu culture and traditions. He was born on 27th July, 1948 and has lived through and ruled over his people during the darkest days of oppression and Apartheid. He has now become the first Zulu King to serve Zulus in a free, democratic, non-racial South African society headed by a Black Government. The praise names of the King are called out early in the morning

West Ridge Park Stadium

West Ridge Park.
The reborn event, which was considered second only to the four Grand Slam tournaments during the halcyon years of South African tennis in the 1970s, has been re-launched at the Westridge Stadium in Durban as a Challenger tournament on the ATP circuit

MiniTown

MiniTown
MiniTown is situated on the Durban beachfront, and is  a miniature city replicating Durban. It's fun to view this knee high replica of Durban and it makes a great a family outing. It almost looks like a little toy land, and as the miniature trains and planes move around the kids will be amazed and excited. There is even a miniature harbour with ships, as well as an airport. Mini Town is at 112 snell Parade, Durban

Also in the vicinity of:

Gateway

Pavillion Shopping Centre

Musgrave Centre

Berea Centre

Westwood Mall

Davenport Square

University of KwaZulu Natal & Sporting Facilities

St. Augistines Hospital

Entabeni Hosoital

Albert Luthuli Hospital

Westville Hospital

ICC & Exhibition Centr

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