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Basic information

  • Area: 226 kmĀ² (87 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 031
  • Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Population (EST): 595,061
  • Official language: English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans
  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2

Durban – Places to Visit

BAT Centre

BAT CentreEstablished in 1995, the Bat Centre is Durban's largest and most innovative community arts centre. administrated by the Bartel Arts Trust.a charitable trust established by the late Hugo Bartel, the centre supports the development of a vibrant artistic practice which celebrates KwaZulu-Natal's rich cultural diversity. Bat aims to build respect for local artists and their role in society an provides the public with access to a range of arts-related activities and the opportunity to meet local artists face to face. Workshops and dance, art, music and writing classes are held here on a regular basis. 8h30 - 17h00 Monday : Fri, 9h00 - 14h30 Sat and Sun closed.
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Natural Science Museum

Natural Science MuseumThe gallery has a fine collection of national and international artworks in all media. The focus is on contemporary South African artwork. Opening hours are between 8:30 a.m and 4p.m from Monday to Saturday, and 11a.m - 4pm on Sundays and public holidays. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
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City Hall

City HallThe building was completed in 1910. It was designed by architect Stanley Hudson, whose work was inspired by the city hall in Belfast . Amongst other things , the buildings house the city hall, municipal offices, library, Natural History Museum and art gallery
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Botanic Gardens

A general garden tour with a focus on indigenous and historical facts of the Durban Botanic Gardens will be given by an experienced and specially trained guide.
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Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban's new Moses Mabhida Stadium was designed as a state-of-the-art, world-class stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and as a multi-functional sports event facility for Durban . Conveniently situated close to the city centre, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is an ideal venue for hosting recreational and cultural events.
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Umgeni River Park Trail

Site no 14: of the South Africa natural heritage programme. The Umgeni river rises in the Umgeni Vlei near Impendle, west of Pietermaritzburg, and is fed by a catchment of 4400 square kilometers. The vlei itself comprises some 4000 hectares. Water from its catchment provides water to 45% of the provinces population. Due to the soil types and land management practises in the area, the water is of a high quality. The Umgeni river estuary is the largest estuary in the greater Durban area. One of the interesting habitats of the estuary is the beachwood mangrove swamp.
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uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine WorlduShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa, has developed out of a vision to create a world-class entertainment and tourism destination for Durban and all of South Africa. 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 'Theme park'.
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Gateway

GatewayGateway Theatre of Shopping and The Barnyard Theatre are again offering KwaZulu-Natals rising stars the opportunity to become a superstar when they host the fourth annual Gateway To Fame talent search competition.
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Dunes Beach

One of the most secluded and unspoilt parts of the Golden Mile. Ideal for those looking for peace and quiet, but not too far from the action of the central beaches.
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