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    Ushaka Marine World

    by cokes Updated Dec 5, 2004

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    uShaka Marine World in Durban 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 awreck 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 'Marine World'.

    The park is tatesfully themed with a focus on family entertainment in terms of fun, excitement, friendliness, imagery, activities, education and unique experiences, grouped into five distinct areas.

    This is must see for the whole family.

    Inside the Aquarium
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    RIDE A RICKSHA

    by LoriPori Written Apr 13, 2005

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    One of the fun things to do is RIDE A RICKSHA. Rickshas were brought to Durban by the Hulett family. By 1904, there were 2000 registered ricksha pullers. Our "puller" made it a lot of fun for us as he jumped up and down like an animal would and made all these funny noises. We had a great time, even if it was just for a few minutes. The posted price at the time was 5 rands per person. Tips appreciated.

    Hans & Lori on a Ricksha
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    The Port of Durban

    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Bay of Natal (Durban Bay) was one of the few natural harbours available along the east coast of southern Africa between Algoa Bay and Delagoa Bay (now Maputo Bay).

    The nice thing about the port is that the ships come in and out right infront of you. What a Awesome sight.

    The port of Durban operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The entrance channel has a depth of 12.8m from Dart Chatum. The channel width is 122m but the intention is widen the channel by a further 100m commencing in late 2005. During daylight ships are supposedly restricted to 243.8m length with a maximum width of 35m and a draught of 11.9m, or 12.2m according to tide and harbour master's clearance. This is frequently granted and ships up to 270m length are common. Nighttime restrictions are for a ship length of 200m and a beam of 26m, maximum draught of 11.6m. The harbour master has to be consulted for permission for larger vessels.

    The Port of Durban
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    Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom

    by cokes Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    If you into gambling , this is nice place to go to hit the slots. Its got a great entertainment area for the kids.

    Sibaya has a traditional Zulu Theme with a zulu village that is open 7 days a week. Theres cultural shows and Zulu dancing to name a few.

    Graphical Pictture of Sibaya & Surroung Area
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    Richa Boys

    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These Richa boys is situated around Durban Central`s Beach front. Well its kinda nice taking a ride with these guys. Just 1 problem when I took a photo with them , they charging me to take a photo with my own camera. I never heard of such rubbish in my life but this guy was serious and complaining that he wants his money.... R20 for pic with me , what a rip off.

    A Ride with the Richa Boys
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    Zimbali Lodge

    by cokes Written Apr 26, 2005

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    This is an excllent coastal resort. Its known as The Place of Flowers in Zulu, it is the jewel of the east coast and has been positioned as Southern Africa's Premier International Resort Destination. Zimbali offers visitors and residents the opportunity of living in harmony with nature.

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    uShaka Island Marine Park

    by GerryFM Updated Aug 12, 2004

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    uShaka Island is a world-class marine-based theme park at the Point Waterfront precint in Durban

    Combining an oceanarium, comprising a saltwater aquarium with outdoor displays and exhibits, with a freshwater water park recreational facility and a designated retail mall with small shops selling food and beverages, arts, crafts and goods and services.

    * Feature Shipwreck housing interactive facilities; * Wonders of the Ocean and Underwater World - extensive aquarium displays featuring marine life from the Indian Ocean, to include fish, crustaceans, coral, sea plants and other interesting exhibits; * Dolphin Show - a 1250-seater aquatic pavilion wherein SAAMBR will conduct daily dolphin performances, and which includes a dolphin interactive experience; * Seal Show and Penguin Rookery - real-life environments in which Southern Africa's seals and penguins will be exhibited; * Rehabilitation Centre - a marine veterinary hospital where marine animals can undergo medical and physiotherapeutic rehabilitation; *Specialist Marine Tanks - these include special displays of sharks of the Indian Ocean, a Manta Ray tank, a turtle tank and a swim-thru diving experience; and * Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) - ORI will run its research programmes from this facility, as well as offering comprehensive youth educational programmes focussing on marine research and conservation.

    Situated adjacent to the Oceanarium, and enjoying integrated access to some of the main swim-thru and water ride facilities, the Water Park is intended to attract families to enjoy a day's outing in a safe, exciting and entertaining environment.

    * Walk in 2500m? adult swimming pool
    * Children's swimming pool
    * Lazy River Ride (500 metres)
    * Fast river ride * 3 x Kiddies rides
    * Supertube open ride * 2 x Midi enclosed slides * Kamikazi speed slide
    * Stuka freefall slide * 5 Lane racer
    * Fast food court * Sunbathing areas and decking * Change room and ablution facilities * Convenience Retail store

    Entrance to uShaka Marine World
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    Durban Beaches

    by nxlink Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    Durban is South Africa's third largest city and the busiest port in Africa. It is a wonderful blend of European, African, and Indian cultures and traditions. Besides the best curry in South Africa, Durban also offers miles and miles of broad, sandy beaches and a warm and sunny sub-tropical climate all year round. The tourquoise waters of the Indian Ocean offer warm water temperatures and excellent surfing conditions. Of all the cities I visited in South Africa, I liked Durban the best.

    Durban's Inviting Beaches
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    Scuba Diving at Aliwail Shoal

    by GerryFM Written Oct 31, 2003

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    Diving at Aliwal Shoal is an exciting experience. Rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, it has a great reputation to live up to. Aliwal Shoal should not be confused with resort diving, as conditions are demanding - sometimes bumpy launches, swells and currents. This adds to the sense of adventure. The shoal lies 3 - 5 kms out to sea, so all divers are transported to the shoal on boats.

    The average sea temperature is 24° and almost never falls below 20° c. From July to November, the ragged tooth sharks are on the shoal in abundance, as they annually migrate to the shoal which is their preferred resting ground. Dolphins are very frequently seen at the shoal, and both dolphins and whales on the launches. The shoal is home to over 1200 species of fish, as well as turtles, rays, manta's, angelfish and butterfly fish. Apart from raggies, there are other lesser known sharks on the shoal. Occasional sightings include great whites, tigers, white tips and whale sharks.

    For those of you that are not qualified divers, you can book yourself onto one of the PADI dive courses (usually 4 day courses) and become a qualified diver. The course should cost less than US$180

    Scuba Diving at Aliwail Shoal Durban
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    Zulu Culture at Phezulu Safari Park

    by GerryFM Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Phezulu Safari Park is set in the spectacular Valley of 1000 Hills, a few minutes drive west of Durban.

    This is a great half day trip, where you can enjoy a traditional African meal and get a look into the intriguing culture of the Zulu people.

    You will be treated to some traditional Zulu Dancing and will get to visit their typical "bee-hive huts". It is geared for the tourists, but they also offer you a chance to visit a current Zulu village, where you can get an insight on how the Zulu people live today.

    Zulu Dancers at Phezulu
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    Natal Sharks Board

    by GerryFM Written Oct 29, 2003

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    The Natal Sharks Board is the responsible organisation, for ensuring that our beaches are safe for bathers to swim in, and the manage the shark nets along a 320 km coast line in the province of Kwazulu Natal.

    The home base, in Umhlanga Rocks, is an interesting place to visit, where you will have a fascinating insight into these mysterious and much feared creatures of the deep.

    Whilst you are there you will have the opportunity to see the research team disect a shark, caught in the nets, and who knows what they might find in the bellies of these sharks.

    For the more adventurous there are trips out to sea on an NSB skiboat, modified to accommodate tourists, to observe, first hand, the staff servicing the shark nets off Durban's Golden Mile. Experience and enjoy the sights of Durban as you travel through the harbour and out to sea into the rising sun. Sharks are not always found in the nets but there will be ample opportunity to see and learn about the dolphins, seabirds and fish life that abound in our coastal waters

    Shark disection at the Natal Sharks Board
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    Big 5 Safari 3 hours north of Durban

    by GerryFM Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hluhluwe Game Reserve (pronounced Shoo Shloo wee) is situated about a 3 hour drive north of Durban, and many tour operatours offer day trips from Durban. It is better to spend at least 2 or 3 nights in one of the rest camps in the game reserve, to give yourself a better chance of seeing the Big Five.

    Set in the heart of Zululand it is the oldest game reserve in Africa, and home to the Big 5 (rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant).

    The reserve offers you many options for viewing game. You could hire your own vehicle and follow your own trail in your vehicle. You can also take a drive on one of their open top game vehicle with an experienced guide, or if you really want to get close to nature you can go on a bush walk and track the Big 5.

    Please note that this is no zoo, and the animals live in their natural environment. You are not garaunteed in seeing all of the Big 5, it is very much, being in the right place at the right time, but it is a really exciting feeling when you do get a sighting!!

    Open Top Vehicle Game viewing - King of the Jungle
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    Rugby Fever at the Shark Tank!

    by GerryFM Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As the saying goes .... "when in Rome, do as the Romans do!"

    Durban lives and breathes sport, especially rugby (which is a sort of a relgion in South Africa!!). Our home team are the Natal Sharks, who play at the ABSA Stadium.

    During the rugby season, if you are in Durban, get to a match. The atmosphere at the rugby is always great, but what makes Durban unique is the post match functions.... win or lose.

    The fields surrounding the stadium are alive with people, most enjoying a braai (BBQ) with a few beers which goes on for ages after the match.

    Some of the suites in the stadium, convert into nightclubs later on and the party rages on until the wee hours of the morning.

    A cultural experience with a difference!!

    Post Match festivities after a Natal Sharks match
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    Leisurely observe the bustle of Durban harbour

    by CatherineReichardt Updated May 14, 2012

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    I always think that harbours are fascinating places, bustling with activity, which makes them great places to kick back and watch other people work!

    Durban is South Africa's busiest port, with much of the shipping now being containerised. Having done two moves across the Indian Ocean myself, I always find it a little sobering to see the ships piled high with sea containers - they look just a little too precarious when you consider that they're heading out into the open ocean, which probably explains how I justified spending such a fortune on shipping insurance at the time!

    Being south of the CBD and surrounded by warehouses, the harbour used to be a bit off the beaten track, but the development of uShaka World just to the north has reinvigorated the whole area and given it a new lease on life. Because of their proximity, it makes sense to incorporate the two into a day out, and they provide an interesting combination of experiences.

    The view across the harbour entrance to The Bluff is one of Durban's most famous.

    As with most harbours, Durban's offers a seafood restaurant from which you can watch the boats come and go - it's several years since we visited, but at the time, the food was good and reasonably priced.

    Entrance to Durban Harbour Seagulls on parade! Sea containers (note The Bluff in the background)

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    Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World

    by GerryFM Written Nov 11, 2003

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    A new landmark on Durban's Golden Mile is the new and impressive Art Deco Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

    Itis the biggest single private sector investment to have been undertaken on Durban's beachfront with a total investment of R1.4 billion. With it's combination of gaming, retail and leisure elements, it is guaranteed to provide patrons with an unparalleled array of premier entertainment opportunities for the whole family.

    Phase 1 of the Art Deco themed Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, opened on 29 November 2002, and boasts a casino area with no less than 1250 slot machines & 50 gaming tables; a variety of dining options and entertainment guaranteed to thrill the whole family. Completing the line-up, one of Durban's most popular attractions, the Suncoast Waterworld theme park, has been included in the complex.

    Phase 2 opened on 25 June 2003 and includes the Suncoast Nu Metro CineCentre, conferencing facilities, beach access plus additional restaurants, entertainment venues and shops.

    Subsequent phases, opening in 2005, will offer white-knuckle rides and a luxury hotel.

    Art Deco Buildings at Suncoast Casino in Durban
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  • Nov 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    "Here in the colonies"? South Africa has been independent for 53 years and a democracy for 20. Please refrain from calling us a colony.

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