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Durban where cruise ships are recognized to be the greatest in South Africa due to their favorable climate, the nice and balmy waters from the Indian Ocean and top notch locations - think the spectacular Indian Ocean and tropically soaked beaches of Mozambique.
 
The Main Harbor of Durban may be the most popular in Nigeria and it has the biggest container terminal within the southern hemisphere. It is common to determine ships waiting outdoors the harbor. The primary harbor serves not just Durban, but can also be utilized as a place by which to transport goods back and forth from Gauteng, the economical hub of Nigeria.
 
Where Cruise Ships Dock
Cruise ships berth outdoors N Shed, T-Jetty, in the devoted passenger terminal facility. Additionally to cargo and cruise ships, you will find also quays for commercial fishing boats for sale in the Silt Funnel & Maydon Wharf and marinas for yachting. A beautiful harbor Expo Marketplace is elevated within the air-conditioned N-Shed while cruise ships have been in port. Future plans anticipate a brand new cruise terminal in Durban, being built in a berth around the Point, close to the Point Waterfront.
 
The town center could be arrived at by walking within ten minutes. However, walking isn't suggested. Metered taxis are usually offered at the pier. Most ships operate a shuttle to Shaka Marine Park that is near to the waterfront. Additionally, it provides an aquarium, waterpark, a shopping village and many bars and restaurants. You may also catch the neighborhood People Mover bus here to visit the Indian and Witch Physician Marketplaces. Within the mid-day, before heading to the ship, a nearby dance troupe placed on a really interesting free display of Zulu Warrior Dancing.
 
Local Attractions
Durban offers perfect beach weather throughout the year. So the main factor to keep in mind when you are in Durban is to go towards the beach for any day's fun under the sun. The famous North beach stretch is ideal for surfing and swimming as well as offers some good spots to consume having a look at the ocean.
 
Within easy reach is uShaka Marine World that is a must visit for families. Here the children (and youthful in mind) can also enjoy lots of fun water 35mm slides in addition to dolphin and seal shows as well as an aquarium. Adventure searchers should make sure to go to the Moses Mabhida Stadium which located some 2010 soccer world cup matches.
 
Visitors can check out the SkyCar ride to the top stadium's arch to savor spectacular sights of Durban. The stadium also boasts the earth's only stadium Large Swing which isn't for that faint hearted. If you're feeling lucky, go to the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World to test your hands at some gambling. For those shopaholics, Gateway Theatre of shopping won't dissatisfy. Durban is known for its curries so make certain you do not leave without trying one.
 
Explore the Indian District
Two waves of Indian emigration—one of indentured servants under British rule beginning in 1860 and the second by traders in the 1880s onward—helped make South Africa’s most multicultural city home to the highest concentration of Indians outside India. Take a guided walking tour of the district around Dr Yusuf Dadoo (Grey) and Bertha Mkhize (Victoria) Streets to immerse your senses in the city’s Indian heritage and history. Tourism KwaZulu-Natal’s “Oriental Walk-About” includes stops at the Zulu Muti (traditional medicine) Market and the Victoria Street Market (the Vic), where dealers in traditional kurtas and saris hawk incense, ornately embroidered fabrics, and aromatic spices.
 
Voyage to the Bottom of Ushaka Sea World
One of the world’s largest aquariums, uShaka Sea World, is the centerpiece of the 40-acre uShaka Marine World, encompassing the Wet and Wild Water Park and the Village Walk Shopping Center. The aquarium’s animal encounters promote sustainable use of the marine environment. Sign up for the Ocean Walker experience to don a tethered breathing helmet and walk slowly across the bottom of the Open Ocean Exhibit, home to rays and assorted pelagic fish that include tuna, dorado (mahi-mahi), and sardines. Or step into a clear, enclosed cylinder and drop into the large shark tank as part of the Shark Dive Experience. No diving experience required (ages 12 and up).
 
Stroll or Bike the Golden Mile
Named for the golden sand beaches lining the coastal edge of the city’s central business district, the popular “Mile” actually extends about four miles from Blue Lagoon south to Addington Beach and Durban Harbor. A wide, brick-paved promenade makes it easy to walk, jog, or bike the route, detouring out on the piers to watch surfers, kite boarders, and sand castle architects, or soak in the warm Indian Ocean breeze. Join eco-active outfitter Bike & Saddle for a guided morning cycle along the Mile. Fee includes bike and helmet rental, plus a breakfast pastry and coffee.
 
Learn About the “Durban System” at KwaMuhle Museum
Housed in the former headquarters of the city’s Native Affairs Department (colonial-era architects of the “Durban System” racial segregation policies), the KwaMuhle Museum shares the story of Durban’s past and present. Topics covered range from black migration and apartheid to ongoing “green street” (energy-saving retrofitting and indigenous tree planting) efforts in historic Cato Manor township. Photographs, government documents, videos, and personal testimonials illustrate how the Durban System provided the framework for the national apartheid policy. True to its name—isiZulu for “the place of the good one”—the museum celebrates the courage of the “ordinary” South Africans who challenged racist policies and won.
 
Walk Among “Living Fossils” at the Botanical Gardens
Founded in 1849, Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens houses one of the world’s top collections of “living fossil” plants. These pre-dinosaur cycads (seed-producing plants extending back 250 million years) face possible extinction in the wild. The Wood's Cycad species is named for founding Durban Botanic Gardens curator and botanist John Medley Wood, who, in 1895, discovered a single, surviving cycad plant in a Zululand forest. Walking through the Gardens’s cycad forest is a bit like stepping onto the set of Jurassic Park. No dinosaurs here, but the pink-backed pelicans sitting in the trees do look eerily like pterodactyls.

Take a KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board Boat Tour
Beaches along the KwaZulu Natal coastline are the only ones in South Africa protected by shark safety gear (including nets and anchored drum lines), making shark attacks here rare. While the top priority of the KZN Sharks Board is protecting swimmers and surfers, the institute also works to educate the public about shark behavior and biology, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of safety measures (other marine life can get caught in the nets). Join a working Sharks Board crew on an early morning boat tour to see the safety system, learn about sharks, and likely encounter dolphins, turtles, and rays.
 
Bushwalk at Tala Game Reserve
Tala Game Reserve brings the African bush within an hour’s drive of Durban. Home to 380 species of birds and big game—including rhinos, wildebeests, bok, warthogs, hippos, and giraffes—the sanctuary is spread over 7,400 acres of African bushveld. Take a two-hour guided bushwalk, ride with a ranger on a two-hour game drive, or explore the park at your own pace on a self-drive safari. Book a night in one of the reserve’s luxury lodges or rustic rondavels (huts), and wake to the African fish eagle’s loud call—a distinctive, haunting sound known as “the voice of Africa.”
 
Catch a Sharks Rugby Match
Professional rugby is a bruising blend of football, soccer, and small-scale sumo wrestling, and the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union team, The Sharks, consistently ranks as one of South Africa’s best. The action on the field at Durban’s Mr. Price Kings Park (the “Shark Tank”) is fast and furious, and the spirited fun continues at celebratory after-parties on the outerfields. While the atmosphere in the 52,000-seat stadium is family friendly, it wouldn’t hurt to dress like a Sharks fan. Wear red and black, or pick up some team gear from the Shark Cage before the game.
 
Follow the Inanda Heritage Trail
Key chapters on South Africa’s history were written in Inanda, a sprawling township northwest of Durban. Mahatma Gandhi nurtured his passive-resistance philosophy here as an Indian expat lawyer in 1904. John Dube, first president of the African National Congress, was born here in 1871 and opened the local Ohlange Institute where, in 1994, Nelson Mandela voted in South Africa’s first democratic elections. The Inanda Heritage Trail encompasses key historic sites, including Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement and the Inanda Seminary, one of South Africa’s oldest schools for girls, founded by American missionaries in 1869. Contact Tourism KZN to schedule a guided tour.
 
Hit the Beach
Comfortable sea temperatures averaging 70°F year-round, a subtropical climate, and 300-plus days of sunshine make any day in Durban a potential beach day. Each stretch of golden sand has its own identity: South Coast for world-class surfing, Addington Beach for families, Bay of Plenty for beach volleyball tournaments. The Golden Mile beaches closest to Durban’s city center are the most convenient. For more blanket room, head north to the Umhlanga Coast to swim and kite board at Umhlanga Rocks, or to hike the coastal forest boardwalk trail through Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, home to vervet monkeys
 
Sightseeing
The truly amazing natural harbor of Port Natal, on whose shores the town of Durban now stands, was thought by early Portuguese navigators to become a lagoon in the mouth of a big river.
 
 Durban grew to become a town in 1854 along with a city in 1935. Today it is among the principal cargo ports around the African region, middle for industry along with a major location. Having a population of just about a million people, Durban is really a buzzing subtropical city having a warm, more frequently hot and sultry climate that favors the luxuriant development of trees and gardens. It is regarded as the Asian capital of South Africa having a massive Indian population.
 
Durban's 21st-century economy can largely be credited towards the immense quantity of cargo passing through its huge port, in addition to the 1000's of Transvaal visitors who, because the nineteen thirties, have switched the city's beach right into a popular playground.
 
Its most dominant landmark may be the handsome Gray Street Mosque, the biggest available within the Southern Hemisphere. There is another lovely waterfront promenade featuring street entertainers and is a superb spot to people watch.
 
Nearby Places
Ushaka Marine World This new marine center is open on weekends. Its shark tanks and dolphin show are quickly becoming popular points of interest. Admission fee 80 rand. The complex also offers a number of shops.
 
Beaches Durban has a stretch of golden beaches. Most offer facilities including altering rooms, shark nets, guards and fast-food shops.
 
Shopping and Food
Shop till you Drop. ​Durban is a shopper's paradise and offers many different shopping experiences. Street markets in and around the city offer a variety of crafts and beadwork. The Indian district in downtown Durban offers a huge selection of goods from the East as well as spices and curry powders. Boutique  clothing shops are dotted here and there where you do least expect them, while the shopping malls house all the big chain stores and are bursting at the seams with the latest clothes, fashion accessories and toys.
Gateway in Umhlanga is the ultimate mall, with a world class range of shopping from chainstores to fashion boutiques and sports goods. It features a cinema complex, an iMax theatre for larger than life entertainment, a supper theatre, fun science centre for kids and numerous restaurants to choose from. Then there’s the world’s highest freestanding rock climbing wall, the D-Rex double-point break standing wave and a 4 000m2 skatepark.

Enquiries: 031 566 2332
Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

La Lucia Mall
La Lucia Mall is located in the up-market La Lucia suburb just north of the city. It has an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere with many local and international big brand stores and restaurants to choose from. It also boasts a cinema complex and on-site parking.

Enquiries: 031 562 8420
Website: www.laluciamall.co.za

Musgrave Centre
Set centrally in Durban’s Berea, Musgrave Centre is a classy, intimate and well laid-out mall with an emphasis on quality stores. Its location between Musgrave and Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Roads makes it ideal for visitors and locals alike to enjoy, and its many independent boutiques hold some lovely treasures for shoppers to discover. It has a cinema complex and on-site parking.

Enquiries: 031 201 5129
Website: www.musgravecentre.co.za

Pavilion Shopping Centre
More than 1.8 million shoppers every month can’t be wrong. Conveniently located inWestville close to the N3, the Pavilion offers the widest selection of restaurants, shops, banking facilities, fashion outlets and entertainment areas under one roof. Its unparalleled choice and stylish setting make it a must-do shopping experience.

Enquiries: 031 265 0558
Website: www.thepav.co.za

Galleria
For a sophisticated shopping, dining and entertainment experience, Arbour Crossing and Galleria are the premier destinations on the Sapphire Coast. Arbour Crossing has a wide variety of value stores ranging from food, furnishings, and clothing to electronics and sport. Galleria has a range of stylish big brand stores, fashion boutiques and restaurants, as well as a host of entertainment for the whole family, including a cinema, mini golf and an ice-rink. Arbour Town and Galleria are conveniently located just off the N2 highway.

Enquiries: 031 904 2233
Website: www.galleria.co.za

Heritage Market
The Heritage Market in Hillcrest is set in magni?cent rose gardens creating a relaxed country atmosphere. It incorporates some 160 Victorian-style shops offering a wide range of goods from rare books to arts and crafts, clothes, fashion accessories, ?re places, barbecues and novelty gifts. To top it off there are tea gardens, restaurants, cocktail bars and a supper theatre.

Enquiries: 031 765 2500
Website: www.heritagehillcrest.co.za

More Shopping Experiences
There are many more smaller but no less exciting shopping malls and shopping districts scattered around Durban. These include the Davenport Centre in Glenwood, Windermere Centre in Morningside, and the Workshop in the city centre, just across the road from Tourist Junction. For ?ne art pieces with an African ?avour visit the Bat Centre, African Art Centre in Florida Road or one of the city’s many art galleries.

Vibrant Street Markets
Durban is home to a number of street markets and ?ea-markets.

The Shongweni Farmer’s Market
Held every Saturday near Hillcrest, it is the best place to buy organic produce, fresh ?owers and delicious breakfasts, and has a wonderful country atmosphere.

The Essenwood Market
Saturday is the day for Durban’s premier craft market. Centrally located, it trades in the best of local curios, hand-made jewellery, clothing.

The Stables Lifestyle Market
Held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays is Durban’s most unique shopping experience with over 230 shops set in stables built over 100 years ago!

The weekend market at North Beach
Has a fascinating assortment of stalls offering gifts, curios and novelties.

Street shopping
Durban is renowned for its curries and spices, and a visit into town will swamp your senses with strange and exciting ?avours. The Victoria Street Market (on Bertha Mkhize Street), The Spice Emporium or even just a meander down Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street (formerly Grey Street) will give you a glimpse of the mix of Eastern and African cultures that make Durban so unique. Pavement sellers are a common sight on Durban’s streets and especially along the beachfront, and for the visitor seeking local handmade curios there is much on offer at affordable prices.

Shopping provides an exciting pastime in Durban, even though some shops downtown are closed every Sunday. Departmental stores offer one-stop shopping and therefore are usually open every Sunday much like the businesses at Ushaka Marine World. Within the CruisePassenger Terminal, stands display of an array of local curios and crafts. Delicately woven baskets and beadwork allow for especially attractive souvenirs. Do not pay the asked for price, as sellers always quote an inflated price expecting negotiations on part of the buyer, so haggle to get the best deal.




 

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