Holidays to Durban

One highlight of holidays to Durban is the uShaka Marine World, which is divided into several areas including Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World and uShaka Beach. uShaka Marine World has the world’s largest aquarium and includes a dolphinarium, a seal stadium, the largest collection of sharks in the southern hemisphere, marine animals, a mock 1940s steamer with two restaurants, freshwater rides and a shopping centre. The beach offers a range of activities including kayaking and surfing lessons.

Holidays to Durban can also feature cultural activities. Travellers can visit the Art Gallery, home to an excellent collection of contemporary South African artwork. The Zulu arts and crafts are particularly good. The gallery has temporary and rotating exhibitions which include a fine collection of baskets from Hlabisa, made from a variety of grasses in striking natural colours.

Also worth visiting is the BAT Centre, which is a colourful bohemian arts centre opened in 1995 as part of a job creation and training scheme. It is home to upmarket arts and crafts shops, artists’ studios and a bar and restaurant. There is also occasional live musical entertainment. The centre hums with a lively trans-African feel and offers free activities, such as drum circles. The Campbell Collections are housed in Muckleneck, a beautiful house designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The collections contain the artefacts and documents collected by Sr. Marshall Campbell and his daughter Dr. Killie Campbell, and are an important record of the early Zulu and Natal culture.

Holidays in Durban should include at least one tour. A trip to the Kingdom of Lesotho takes tourists through the Sani Pass to visit one of the local tribes. Stops include the Sani Top Chalet with its stunning views of the pass, and the magnificent Howick Waterfall.

Holidays to Durban would not be complete without a trip to a game reserve. The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is located on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, in the heart of Zululand. This well managed reserve is home to 84 species of animals which includes the big five – buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, lions and leopards – as well as cheetahs, zebra, wildebeest, hyenas and wild dogs. In addition the reserve has an impressive variety of birds. The reserve is widely acclaimed for its work in bringing back the White Rhinoceros from near extinction in the 1950s and 60s.

The Shakaland Zulu Cultural Centre gives a glimpse into the daily lives of the people of Shakaland, an authentic Zulu kraal. Visitors travel through the beautiful lush KwaZulu Natal land along the north coast, on through the tropical beauty of nKwalini Valley and Zululand, up to the top of the hill overlooking the uMhlatusi River. This is the birthplace of Shaka, and the location of the largest Zulu kraal in Zululand. Here tourists can learn about the culture and traditions of the Zulus. Hut building, pottery making, beer brewing, bead-work and basketry are all on display, as well as traditional Zulu dances and witchdoctor consultations.


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