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Durban Botanical Gardens

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Opposite the Greyville Racecourse, Africa's oldest surviving botanical garden is a delightful 150-year-old oasis of greenery interlaced with walking paths, fountains, and ponds — Fodor's

The Botanical Gardens in the vast residential area of Berea offer a very pleasant stroll along paths brimming with luxuriant vegetation year round, thanks to Durban's tropical climate — Michelin Guide

A 2000-sq-metre garden featuring one of the rarest cycads (Encephalartos woodii), as well as many species of bromeliad, this is a lovely place to wander. — Lonely Planet

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The Campbell Collections

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The Campbell Collections, one of the most interesting museums in South Africa, is a museographic complex housed in Muckleneuck, a beautiful Cape Dutch home from the early 20C. — Michelin Guide

Tyrrell's paintings beautifully convey clothing and decoration, and the grace of the people wearing them. — Lonely Planet

Amid bustling, suburban Berea, Muckleneuk is a tranquil Cape Dutch home in a leafy garden. — Fodor's

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Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding

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Situated in Durban’s west, this is the biggest Hare Krishna temple in the southern hemisphere. — Lonely Planet

This magnificent lotus-shaped temple, opened in 1985, is at the heart of activities run by the city's International Society for Krishna Consciousness. — Fodor's

This strange building, located in Chatsworth in the suburbs of Durban, is worth seeing — Michelin Guide

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Victoria Street Market

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The Victoria Street Market is a colourful maze of galleries lined with shops selling spices from the Orient, souvenirs from Africa and Asia, and everyday objects — Michelin Guide

Masses of enormous fish and prawns lie tightly packed on beds of ice while vendors competing for your attention shout their respective prices — Fodor's

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Natal Shark Board

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The Natal Sharks Board, a research institute, is working to better understand these sharks and to protect them as some of them are endangered species. — Michelin Guide

This research institute is dedicated to studying sharks, specifically in relation to their danger to humans — Lonely Planet

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Old Court House Museum

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Found in the beautiful 1866 courthouse behind City Hall, this museum offers a worthwhile insight into the highs and lows of colonial living — Lonely Planet

The Old Court House Museum has a collection of traditional costumes and objects on the ground floor representing the different communities of Natal — Michelin Guide

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uShaka Marine World

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Ushaka Marine World is a great place to take the family. You can spend the day having fun at the water park, catch the dolphin show or get in some knowledge and check out the aquarium. — Afar Magazine

There are various options to 'meet' dolphins, seals and rays, but animal welfare groups suggest such interactions create stress for these creatures. — Lonely Planet

This aquatic complex combines the uShaka Sea World aquarium and the uShaka Wet 'n Wild water park. — Fodor's

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Juma Masjid Mosque

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Built in 1927 in a style that combines Islamic and colonial features, this is the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere — Fodor's

The largest mosque in the southern hemisphere; call ahead for a guided tour — Lonely Planet

In the congested, not-so-shiny downtown neighborhood in Durban, the mosque's gilded spires are a sight to behold, glittering beneath the late afternoon sun. — Afar Magazine

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The Old Fort

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Built in 1910 in Edwardian neo-baroque style, the hall looks as if it has been shipped straight from the United Kingdom column by column. — Fodor's

The chefs here serve up a well-prepared menu featuring grilled seafood and meat, salads, pasta dishes and more. — Lonely Planet

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Sugar Terminals

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It's not surprising then that Durban's Sugar Terminal is the largest in southern Africa and one of the most advanced in the world. — Fodor's

Maydon Wharf, which runs along the southwestern side of the harbour and south of Margaret Mncadi Ave, is home to the Sugar Terminal, which offers an insight into the sugar trade. — Lonely Planet

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Kwa Muhle Museum

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Pronounced kwa-moosh-le (with a light e, as in hen), this small museum, housed in what used to be the notorious Department of Native Affairs, tells of Durban's apartheid history. — Fodor's

Exhibitions on apartheid are housed in various rooms leading off a central courtyard. — Lonely Planet

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Moses Mabhida Stadium

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Durbanites are proud of their state-of-the-art stadium, constructed for the 2010 World Cup. — Lonely Planet

Five hundred steps will lead you to an observation deck at the very top of the arch at Durban's beautiful Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the World Cup in 2010. — Afar Magazine

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Natural Science Museum

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This museum at City Hall boasts an impressive, if pleasantly retro, display of stuffed birds and insects, plus African animals. — Lonely Planet

Despite its small size, this museum provides an excellent introduction to Africa's numerous wild mammals (the displays include a stuffed elephant and leopard, as well as smaller mammals — Fodor's

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Umgeni River Bird Park

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Ranked among the world's best, this bird park shelters beneath high cliffs next to the Umgeni River and has various walk-through aviaries containing more than 800 birds. — Fodor's

Found on the Umgeni River, north of the centre, this bird park makes for a relaxing escape from the throng — Lonely Planet

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Durban Art Gallery

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Under City Hall's impressive dome is this gallery with a small but interesting collection of South African artworks, including paintings, mixed media and ceramics. — Lonely Planet

A vibrant, contemporary mix of local, southern African, and international work is presented here, though the main focus is on work from KwaZulu-Natal. — Fodor's

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