18. Top 10 Things To Do In Durban

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  1. USHAKA MARINE WORLD
    2. VICTORIA STREET MARKET/INDIAN MARKET/MUTHI MARKET
    3. DURBAN BOTANICAL GARDENS
    4. UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU NATAL (HOWARD COLLEGE)
    5. MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM
    6. UMLAZI TOWNSHIP
    7. JUMA MASJID MOSQUE
    8. THE GOLDEN MILE
    9. DURBAN CITY HALL AND CBD
    10. HARE KRISHNA/SRI SRI RADHA RADHANATH TEMPLE CHATSWORTH

Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches, one of the top destinations for surfers and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa with. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, a governor of the Cape Colony from 1834 – 1837. Durban focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. Durban also has the largest Indian population outside India. In May 2015, Durban was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur.

 Ushaka Marine World

Ushaka Marine World

The world class Ushaka Marine World 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. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, Aquarium, Dolphin Arena and uShaka Beach.

VICTORIA STREET MARKET/INDIAN MARKET/MUTHI MARKET
(The Walk to Warwick Avenue)

Victoria Street Market

Heritage and passion is the story line of the Victoria Street Market. The market’s vast and vibrant center of trade was officially opened in 1910 and creates an illusion of the Maharajah’s palace. At Victoria Street Market, passion for traditional items, African crafting, fine cut jewelry, fresh produce, brass ornaments, pungent spices, authentic clothing and “Muthi” (traditional medicine) goods give it’s consumers a fusion of choice. Victoria Street Market is more than just a market – it’s an historic landmark, and a tourist attraction.

Durban Botanical Gardens

Durban Botanical Gardens

University Of Kwazulu Natal (Howard College)

Kwazulu Natal University - Howard College

Opened in 1931 following a generous donation by Mr T B Davis, whose son Howard Davis was killed during the Battle of Somme in World War I, the Howard College campus is situated on the Berea and offers spectacular views of the Durban harbour. The campus is situated in a successful environmental conservancy and the lush gardens of the University reflect a commitment to indigenous flora and fauna. The Howard College Campus currently offers a full range of degree options in the fields of Science (including Geography and Environmental disciplines), Engineering, Law, Management Studies, Humanities (including Music) and Social Sciences (including Social Work). In addition, the campus offers Architecture and Nursing.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium - Durban Kwazulu Natal

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. The stadium also hosted the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP semi-finals in which Spain won against Germany 1-0 with a full capacity of 66 000. 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. The stadium is named after Moses Mabhida, a struggle hero who died in 1986 on exile in Maputo whilst fighting for freedom of South Africa.

Umlazi Township

Umlazi Township - Kwazulu Natal - Durban

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. The stadium also hosted the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP semi-finals in which Spain won against Germany 1-0 with a full capacity of 66 000. 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. The stadium is named after Moses Mabhida, a struggle hero who died in 1986 on exile in Maputo whilst fighting for freedom of South Africa.

Juma Masjid Mosque

Juma Masjid Mosque

The Grey Street Juma Masjid is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and is an excellent example of local Islamic architecture. The original structure, built in 1881, accommodated 48 worshippers. In 1884 it was demolished to make way for a new structure, and was further enlarged in 1903 in order to double its capacity as well as incorporate an arched verandah. In the following year, a minaret, which still stands today and was reportedly built by artisans from India, was added by Durban architect Arthur Cross.

The Golden Mile

Durban's Golden Mile - Kwazulu Natal

The Golden Mile is the name given to the popular stretch of beachfront in the city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, including the promenade that runs along with it. It runs roughly from South Beach (where the uShaka Marine World is located) to Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World in the north. It is one of the main tourist attractions in the Durban area. The wide stretch of golden sands, artificially separated by various piers, provides excellent opportunities for sun-worshippers and swimmers to enjoy the sub-tropical sunshine and warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Durban City Hall & CBD

Durban City Hall & CBD - Kwazulu Natal

THE DURBAN CBD is home to a number of attractions which include the CITY HALL which was built in the early 1900s in neo-Baroque-style architecture, VASCO DA GAMA CLOCK which memorializes Vasco Da Gama’s first sighting of Durban which happened on the eve of Christmas in 1497 and given the name of Natal, BATHOLOMEW DIAZ MONUMENT which is a statue of the famous Portuguese seafarer who sailed his vessel as far as Algoa Bay in 1488, KWAMUHLE MUSEUM which is the Durban museum that has the unenviable reputation as once being one of the most hated buildings in the city when it was the former Department of Native Affairs, an authoritative body responsible for enforcing punitive apartheid legislation, DURBAN HARBOUR which is the fourth largest in the Southern Hemisphere, WARRIORS GATE MUSEUM which focuses on South Africa’s involvement in the two World Wars and the JOHN ROSS STATUE which is found under the John Ross house to honour the 14 year old boy who, together with a Zulu contingent, walked to Delagoa Bay, some 600 km distance, to get medical supplies for early settlers of Port Natal.

Hare Krishna Temple/Temple Of Understanding/Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple – Chatsworth

Hare Krishna Temple - Chatsworth Durban - Kwazulu Natal

The Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple (Hare Krishna Temple) places the bustling suburb of Chatsworth on the map as a tourist destination. Situated approximately 20km south of the Durban City Centre, its three domes of white and gold rises above a dazzling octagonal roof. The temple has been acclaimed as an architectural masterpiece – a spiritual wonderland. Although, designed and constructed in the 1980’s, its design is a combination of the traditional, contemporary and futuristic; and simultaneously a fusion of concepts showcasing “east meets west”.

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