DURBAN, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species
The Golden Mile beachfront is a popular destination for water sports. Durban’s surfing spots range from beginner breaks at Addington and South beaches to the challenging Cave Rock at Brighton Beach. Inland, vendors at the Warwick Junction street markets include Zulu shopkeepers offering traditional medicines and Indian food carts selling “bunny chow,” a traditional curry dish. The Campbell Collections, a museum and library in a neo-Cape Dutch home, displays African art and artifacts that explore the city’s ethnic mix. The Port Natal Maritime Museum, based on 3 vessels in the harbor, traces the city’s seafaring tradition.
DURBAN BOTANICAL GARDENS
For more than 450 years, botanic gardens have been at the forefront of human understanding and knowledge of plants and the environment in which they live. The Durban Botanic Gardens is currently the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent and our City's oldest public institution. It was developed in 1849 as a botanic station for the trial of agricultural crops. Today the Gardens has progressed as part of a network of botanic gardens internationally to focus on core areas of biodiversity, education, heritage, research, horticultural excellence and green innovation. The Gardens maintains both indigenous and exotic plant collections from the sub-tropics characterized by a good number of majestic tree species that dominate the landscape. The Gardens is responsible for a good number of conservation significant and threatened plant collections such as cycads and palms.
SRI SRI RADHA RADHANATH TEMPLE
Taking Srila Prabhupada’s instruction seriously, the building of the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple began in 1980. A dedicated team of devotees worked tirelessly in the face of formidable challenges, including the then apartheid regime. With a deep desire to fulfil their spiritual master’s order, the devotees persevered and sourced the best materials for the construction. Marble tiles where imported from Portugal and oak wood from Japan. Devotees formed their own construction company and used their talents and expertise to make the design a reality, engaging in every aspect of construction – from excavation, brick-laying, plastering, tiling, painting, to mirror work, intricate carvings and gold-leafing. Devotees crossed the length and breadth of South Africa selling oil paintings, handmade decorative candles and high quality incense in order to raise the funds to build the temple. The doors of the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple were officially opened on 18 October 1985.
MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM
The winning design by the Ibola Lethu Consortium created the Moses Mabhida Stadium. With its iconic “arch of triumph”, the stadium is an engineering feat that provides Durban with a defining landmark to match the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s Opera House or The London Eye.Importantly, the multi-disciplinary nature of the stadium’s design, permits it to host a wide range of sporting and cultural events. Visually inspiring – and comprising of more than a hundred columns – the facade of Moses Mabhida Stadium allows for natural ventilation and creates an incredible sense of space every bit as striking as the stadium’s famous arch.Voted the most popular stadium in South Africa in an online poll, Moses Mabhida host 7 FIFA World Cup matches, including a semi-final attended by the likes of Paris Hilton, Leonoardo DiCaprio and John Travolta, in 2010.
THE PAVILION SHOPPING CENTRE
The Pavilion is the second largest shopping centre located in Durban and one of the largest in South Africa. The mall has gone through many phases of extensions. Due to the strategic location, the Pavilion has seen considerable foot count growth.
DURBAN RIKSHA BUS RIDE
This 3 hours bus trip gives a great overview of what there is to see and do in Durban if you have not been here before.
SUNCOAST CASINO & ENTERTAINMENT WORLD
Combining American art deco, beachside fun and warm Durban hospitality, our 7,000m2 casino gaming haven has 1,600 state of the art coinless Slot machines and 67 Tables for you to choose from.Bars and food stations keep you refreshed whilst you court Lady Luck amidst the hottest casino action in Durban. Suncoast offers the perfect mix of thrilling entertainment, fantastic food and winning opportunities.
uSHAKA MARINE WORLD
The world class uShaka Marine World, situated in Durban, South Africa, opened its turnstiles to the general public on April 30th 2004. uShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban's Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness.
uShaka has brought together cultures, like no other place in Africa – into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime operations of Sea World, Wet 'n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.
VICTORIA STREET MARKET
The Victoria Street Market is an indoor bazaar (locally called a flea market) that remains a hub of activity throughout the year. It offers everything from Indian spices and incenses, to fresh fruits and vegetables, fabrics, ceramics, and arts and crafts. When you enter the multi-coloured building, you're immediately hit with an assortment of smells: a mixture of curries and incense wafting through the air with the catcall of vendors urging tourists to "come in, and just have a look". The top floor is popular with international visitors due to the collection of souvenirs, jewellery, fabrics, and crafts.
PHEZULU VILLAGE - Valley of a 1000 Hills
Phezulu village is an exciting tourism venue, situated in Botha’s Hill, only 35 km’s from central Durban. This picturesque park has magnificent views of the world-famous Valley of a 1000 Hills. At Phezulu village, the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to Phezulu the opportunity to savour the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show is impressive with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humour- a truly unforgettable experience! Take park in Zulu spear and shield making.
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