uShaka Marine World in Durban should definitely be on the top of your itinerary list when you are in KZN. It is the 5th largest aquarium in the world and has become one of the most fascinating and enjoyable experiences in Durban.
Not only is uShaka a fully equipped aquarium with some of the most fascinating and frightening sea creatures, it is also a complete theme park with slides and amusement parks.
This aquarium, which is a re-creation of a 1940’s cargo ship wreck, makes you feel like you’ve travelled back in time as you embark on an underwater world experience. Exciting and education shows will keep you busy and with the indigenous African imagery and lush vegetation, you’ll be looking at a lot more than the fish.
Some of the things to do at uShaka Marine World:
Rocky Touch Pool: Here you and the kids will be able to touch a number of sea creatures. With the help of a specially trained guide you can glide your hands over starfish and feel the skin of a sea cucumber.
Snorkel Lagoon: One of the special interactive activities that uShaka Marine World offers is snorkelling. Here you can snorkel through reefs and grottos and see the sea creatures up close in a pool designed as a rocky lagoon.
Dolphin World: Take a seat in the huge dolphin stadium and be entertained by dolphins, seals and a penguin rookery. This stadium was designed so that you can see the animals both above and below the water.
Coral Gardens: Be amazed by the beauty and bright colours as you stroll through the recreation of coral reefs within uShaka Marine World.
Cargo Hold Restaurant: If you get there early, you might be able to book a table next to the giant tank and watch the four ragged-tooth sharks while you eat lunch.
Getting to uShaka Marine World
To reach uShaka Marine World from central Durban, join Point Road from West Street or Victoria Embankment and travel South. Continue on Point Road, turn left into Southampton and again into Albert Terrace.
The best advice I can give you is to go early. Don’t get there midday and have to spend the majority of the trip queuing in lines.
To make the most of your stay at uShaka Marine World, book yourself into Casa Playa no 5. Being only a fifteen minute drive from uShaka Marine World, this accommodation will allow you and your family to get there early and miss the rush of all the other tourists.
This up-market apartment next to Umhlanga Sands is close enough for you and your family to complete everything on your Durban to-do list, while returning to a relaxed and luxurious environment