While South Africa is a cultural mix with an impressive 11 official languages, the province of KwaZulu-Natal—and its largest city, Durban—is predominantly Zulu, and the cultural influence can be seen everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about experiencing Zulu culture in Durban.
Ushaka Marine World
1 Bell Street, Durban, South Africa, 4001
This 16-acre park offers a variety of different attractions in one place. Enjoy the water slides at Wet ’n Wild, go snorkeling or meet dolphins at Ushaka Sea World, hold reptiles at Dangerous Creatures, explore the ropes courses at Chimp & Zee, or just hang out at the beach and do some shopping at the Village Walk.
Visit just one part of Ushaka Marine World, or spend the day exploring the entire complex with an all-access pass. Alternatively, book a tour guided tour that includes stops like the penguin shows at the aquarium, shopping at the Village Walk, and access to Ushaka Beach. Ushaka Marine World is included on many sightseeing tours of Durban along with the popular Golden Mile, Indian markets, the Phansi Museum, and the Durban Botanic Gardens.
Things to Know Before You Go
Ushaka Marine World is ideal for families and marine life enthusiasts.
Bring a bathing suit and sunscreen to enjoy the water park and beach.
The park is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and wheelchairs are available through guest services.
You can not bring outside food into Ushaka Marine World, but there are on-site restaurants and food stands.
How to Get There
Ushaka Marine World is located at the end of the Golden Mile, on Durban’s waterfront. To drive to the park from central Durban, take Mahatma Gandhi Road, turn left on Bell Street, then turn right on Albert Terrace and follow it to the park. Alternatively, visit the park on a guided tour that includes round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
Ushaka Marine World is a great place to spend the day in any season. The cool aquarium and refreshing water park are particularly popular during the hottest months of the year, December–February. To avoid long lines, steer clear of the park on holidays and weekends.
What to See and Do near Ushaka Marine World
Set on Durban Point at the end of the Golden Mile, Ushaka Marine World is surrounded by dining, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities. Visit the Moyo Ushaka Pier Bar for panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the Durban shoreline, cruise through the waterfront canals on a gondola, enjoy the nearby nightlife, or relax at the beach after a busy day at the theme park.