A world class city escape

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Durban reveals iconic sites… and hidden gems

Durban: From a morning jog or cycling at the city’s world class beach promenade to bustling night life experiences in Florida road and the many historic sites in Durban’s city centre, Durban is truly a melting pot of world class tourism offerings and visitors are spoilt for choice in terms of what to do when they visit the city.

The Durban beach promenade boasts some of the world’s most iconic sites from the Southern hemisphere’s biggest marine theme park, Ushaka Marine world, until the fabulous Moses Mabhida stadium, this is a must explore area and a visitor’s favourite.

Most importantly, Durban has a variety of tourism products and hidden gems like The Station Drive Precinct, Inanda Heritage Route, The Valley of 1000 Hills, The Sails in Umhlanga and the many township products and therefore its visitors will be spoilt for choice in terms of what to do during their stay.

Highlights include:

USHAKA MARINE WORLD THEME PARK

The world class uShaka Marine World, situated in Durban, South Africa, opened its turnstiles to the general public on April 30th, 2004. uShaka as fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, and it offers a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness.

VICTORIA STREET MARKET

The Victoria Street Market was established in 1910 and is now more than 100 years old. The original traders in this area were Indian indentured labourers who traded along the street paving of Victoria Street between 1860 and 1910. In 1910 the municipality allocated this area to house these traders, and currently the market supports more than 180 traders. This market has small individually owned stores selling jewelry, spices, skinned products, traditional arts and crafts and bead work.

BOTANIC GARDENS

The Durban Botanic Gardens (Est. 1849) is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and remains a national and local City asset actively contributing to plant conservation and plant-based education. The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust was established in 1993 to support the Gardens key strategic areas in biodiversity, culture, education, heritage, horticulture, people and plants, and research.

THE CUBE

Located in the leafy suburbs of Morningside, Durban. The cube offers 180° uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

If you enjoy Durban views, then take a ride on the Sky car, or do the 5550 steps walk to the top of the stadium arch, 106 m above the pitch. Adrenalin junkies can try the world’s only stadium Big Rush Swing, the largest bungee swing in the world or enjoy a guided tour of the stadium or a Segway gliding tour.

KWAMUHLE MUSEUM

Once the headquarters of the City’s infamous Native Administration Department and the center of Durban’s harsh system of labour control, has been transformed into a museum (Apartheid Museum). The museum seeks to re ect the Durban’s urban growth and the history of its residents from a range of perspectives

CITY HALL

The Durban City Hall, also known as the eThekwini City Hall, was built in the early 1900s in classic neo-Baroque-style. The design of the building is based on Belfast’s City Hall in Northern Ireland. An impressive central dome rises to 48m and is surrounded by 4 smaller domes. The City Hall was design by Stanley Hudson.

BIRD SANCTUARY

Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary is a popular attraction. It encompasses a lovely piece of land 4.5 hectors (11 acres) with a lovely pond, green lawns, verdant gardens, and a stunning indigenous riverine forest.

BEACH HORSE RIDING

Gary’s Beach Horse Rides is located in Warner Beach, Durban, KwaZulu Natal. This small piece of paradise is only 20 minutes South of Durban and boasts some of the wildest and longest beaches in KZN.

AMANZIMTOTI MAIN BEACH

Amanzimtoti beach borders the warm Indian Ocean which makes the water ideal for all year-round swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing and family beach fun.

Hall 20 / Stand 138