Durban Central at a glance
Appropriately enough, the Zulu name for Durban is Thekwini, meaning "The Place Where the Earth and the Ocean Meet". But apart from an effervescent ocean lined with golden beaches, Durban offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere and summer sunshine all year round. From around the globe, day in, day out, pleasure-seekers converge on the city to play on the golden, palm-fringed sands. In addition to the attractions of sea, surf and sport, leisure options encompass an eclectic range.
At excellent one-stop shopping centres, you can buy anything from photographic equipment to couturier clothes and rare antiques. Flea markets and craft trails attract leisurely browsers, and discount stores offer quality merchandise at bargain basement prices. Within a stone's throw of the city centre, oriental bazaars, fragrant with spice and incense, offer silks, saris, unusual jewellery and ornaments. Pubs, discos and action bars are firm favourites.
Theatres and concert halls present classical, avant-garde and ethnic programmes, and art galleries display works created by the internationally famous and up-and-coming local talents. Restaurants represent every facet of the city's cosmopolitan nature and cater for every palate and pocket. At the end of the day, what could be better than strolling on the beach to the rhythm of the waves?
Durban's beaches are characterised by soft, golden sand, palm trees and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The main beaches are shark netted and patrolled from sunrise to sunset by trained lifeguards who have an impressive track record in beach safety. The main beaches also have changerooms and shower facilities, as well as an array of fast-food outlets, restaurants and bars. Those who crave seclusion can find many remote beaches along the coast which are not patrolled. Durban’s beaches stretch in a long line from Addington Beach to Country Club Beach. The Bay of Plenty is especially popular among surfers. Even in winter, the sea temperature rarely drops below 17ºC.
Durban Golden Mile
Flanked by luxury hotels and apartment blocks, the Golden Mile skirts the main beaches and the Indian Ocean. Attractions include an amusement centre, paddling pools, paved walkways, gardens and fountains. Funworld, with its bumper cars, roundabouts and hurdy-gurdy machines, is a firm favourite with the younger ones. A ride in a cable car offers a birds-eye view of the beachfront and the pools, and the fountains and lawns of the Amphitheatre Gardens.
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World
Welcome to Great Fun and Good Fortune! The Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World is where you win big, more often. If winning is on your agenda, then the world-class casino, with both smoking and non-smoking facilities, 1250 slot machines and 50 game tables, will not disappoint you. Add to this a luxurious Salon Privé, Private Gaming Rooms and ample food and bar facilities, and time spent at the Suncoast will be pure pleasure. Should gambling not be part of your fancy, then get on down to Waterworld for the ride of your life or just shop, dine and relax in one of our many retail outlets. We also have a delightful range for your children’s amusement from the Crèche to the Magic Company, and if that is still not enough for your young ones, then they can have fun under the sun on the Suncoast beach with supervision from the lifeguards. The Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World is simply the best place to be.
uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa, is a world-class entertainment and tourism destination for Durban and all of South Africa. uShaka Marine World incorporates fresh and sea water, natural materials, and the re-creation of a 1940's cargo ship wreck, with the 5th largest aquarium in the world by volume of water, indigenous African imagery, lush vegetation and maritime images of the Port of Durban, plus a water slides amusement park.
uShaka Marine World focuses on family entertainment in terms of fun, excitement, friendliness, imagery, activities, education and unique experiences, grouped into five distinct areas. Enjoy a shopping spree or dine at one of our unique restaurants along Village Walk - including the amazing Shark Restaurant, situated in the themed shipwreck with a window into a shark tank; enter the Sea World and Dolphin World and be amazed and entertained; have the time of your life slipping and sliding in the Wet ‘n Wild water slide amusement park; or simply relax on the beautiful Bell’s Beach adjacent to uShaka Marine World. Whatever your idea of fun is, uShaka Marine World has something for everyone!
Physical Address: 102 Lambert Rd Morningside Durban 4001
Contact Number: 031-3125661
Physical Address: 74 Silverton Road Berea, Durban
Contact Number: 031-207305
Durban Girls College
Physical Address: 586 Musgrave Road Durban 4001
Contact Number: 031-2687200
Physical Address: 558 Essenwood Road Musgrave Durban
Contact Number: 031-2099426
Glenwood High School
Physical Address: 1 Nicolson Rd Glenwood Durban
Contact Number: 031-2055241
Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Physical Address: cnr Smith Street, Warwick Avenue & Berea Road Durban 4001
Contact Number: 031-2042111
University of Kwazulu-Natal
Physical Address: University Road Westville
Contact Number: 031-2607111