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uShaka Marine World

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Divided into areas including Sea World and Wet’n’Wild, uShaka Marine World boasts one of the largest aquariums in the world, the biggest collection of sharks in the southern hemisphere,... — Lonely Planet

This aquatic complex combines the uShaka Sea World aquarium and the uShaka Wet 'n Wild water park. The largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere, it has a capacity of nearly six million... — Fodor's

I recently went to Durban to attend a wedding. While I personally don't consider Durban at the top of list of places to go on holiday in SA, I will say that Durban is great for the sun... — Afar Magazine

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Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding

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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. A temple for prayer, it was designed at the end of the 20C by Austrian architect Hannes Raudner and... — Michelin Guide

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

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Sugar Terminals

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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

Much of Durban's early economy was built on the sugar industry, and even today the hills and fields around the city and along the north and south coasts are covered with sugarcane. It's... — Fodor's

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The Old Fort

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

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—hardly surprising, since it's an exact copy of... — Fodor's

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Durban Botanical Gardens

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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

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. The... — Fodor's

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. On weekends bridal parties galore... — Lonely Planet

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The Campbell Collections

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

These collections are well worth seeing. Muckleneuk, a superb house designed by Sir Herbert Baker, holds the documents and artefacts collected by Dr Killie Campbell and her father Sir... — Lonely Planet

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. The Killie... — Michelin Guide

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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

This was formerly the Native Administration headquarters, where Durban’s colonial authorities formulated the structures of urban racial segregation (the ‘Durban System’), which were the... — 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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Umgeni River Bird Park

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Found on the Umgeni River, north of the centre, this bird park makes for a relaxing escape from the throng. You can see many African bird species in lush vegetation and aviaries. Don't... — Lonely Planet

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

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Natural Science Museum

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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

This museum at City Hall boasts an impressive, if pleasantly retro, display of stuffed birds and insects, plus African animals. Check out the cockroach and dung-beetle displays, the... — 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

It looks more daunting than it is. 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... — Afar Magazine

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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. An adjacent building... — 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. In the meat section, goat and sheep heads... — Fodor's

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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. There's also a moving exhibit on the sadly... — 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. Upstairs you can see a recreation of a... — Michelin Guide

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