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What to do In Durban

From traditional, cultural plays and dancing to action activities and marine adventures…

Independent on Saturday
With a long public holiday stretching ahead for some of us this weekend, The Independent on Saturday took a look at the newly launched IVenture Card “See Durban Attraction Pass”. It features 18 different things to do in the city where the “fun never sets” in different combo packages for visitors. IVenture Card International and Smartvisit Solutions have described it as a “dynamic new way to see diverse attractions in the city”, offering four un­limited sightseeing packages ranging from R495 to R995.
The pass allows tourists and locals alike to plan fun days out for the family and which Smartvisit CEO Steve Crory said had a significant saving of up to 40 percent. It is derived from an inter­national model used in cities such as Sydney and Singapore and is set to also be launched in Joburg and Cape Town next year. Durban Tourism Marketing Manager, Dumi Mbatha, said: “We are extremely proud to be the first city in the country to offer this innovative concept and look forward to the positive effect that it will have on our tourism industry as a whole.” Some of the attractions here are all about action, while some just let you watch the world go by in typical, laid-back Durbs style.

1) Botanic Gardens
A lazy Sunday can easily be spent at Durban’s Botanic Gar­dens. If you are looking to relax with a picnic basket in a tran­quil setting, then Botanic Gar­dens is a good choice. The gar­den has an extensive selection of plants, for those looking to test their horticultural knowl­edge, and the gardens are well maintained.
Normal cost: Free entry

2) Durban City Central Route
This walk around the centre of Durban is a journey through time, from the contemporary African space of Gugu Dlamini Park to the imperial statues of Dick King and Queen Victoria which document the city’s colo­nial past. Explore the history and heritage of the city in a 2km walk set against the day-to-day bustle of one of Africa’s liveliest and most fascinating cities. Keep your valuables close.
Normal cost: Adults R100, Children R75

3) Ricksha bus
Ricksha Bus: A three-hour tour on a double-decker bus of­fers a relaxed way to see the sights of the city including the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere, Emmanuel Cathe­dral, the Victoria Market. The bus then meanders through the suburbs of Musgrave and the Berea to Morningside to King Goodwill Zwelethini House and President Jacob Zuma’s Presi­dential house before heading north towards Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Blue Lagoon.
Normal Cost: Adults R100, Children R50, Pensioners, R50

4) Isle of Capri Cruise
This is a half-an-hour tour of Africa’s largest and busiest port. See docking points, cargo loading areas, mangrove swamps and many points of historical interest, as well as a close-up view of ships passing through this working harbour.
Cost ranging from adults R50-R100, children R30 – R60

5) Mini-Town
Experience a page out of Gulliver’s Travels’with some of Durban’s landmark buildings, including the new Fun Fair, the Riverside Mosque and the Jesus Dome, all designed with miniature precision. Mini-Town’s management said acquiring the Moses Mab­hida Stadium is in the pipeline. Note that Mini-Town is not a mini model of Durban.
Normal cost: Adults R20, Children R15

6) Ocean Ventures
Take to the sea to get up close and personal with dolphins, sea birds, turtles and all the other sealife off the Kwazulu-Natal coast. Ocean Ventures is a marine eco-adventure, which starts with a beach launch on a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) and enjoy an informative one hour eco-exploration search for dolphins, sharks, turtles & whales (in season June-November).
Normal cost: R300 adults, R150 children

7) Phansi Museum
This is one of Durban’s best-kept secrets and is a treasure trove when it comes to learning about KZN culture. From the Sangoma Room with its bowls of bones to the Life-Size Figure Collection – storyteller and curator, Phumzile Nkosi will cap­ture your imagination. Visits are by appointment only. Not recommended for young children.
Normal cost: R35, children R28

8) Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World
Movies, eating out, casino, and a bit of sun at the beach – this place has grown to be one of Durban’s favourite jaunts. Attracting a varied clientele, the place offers a real taste of Durban – but beware of those who spin you a story to get cash out of you to gamble with at the casino.
Normal cost – Free entry

9) Ushaka Marine World Dangerous Creatures
If you want to see different snakes and other frightening reptiles, dangerous creatures is the place to be. You can end up spending hours here just gazing at the magnificence of the many snake species from around the world. By the time you leave this place, you might find that snakes aren’t so bad after all, inside the cage of course.
Normal Cost: Adults R30

10) Ushaka Marine World – Kids World
This attraction is for kids from 2-12 years and has a series of jungle-gyms and activities including a water cannon zone where they can “shoot” visitors as they sail past on their tubes in the neighbouring “Wet ‘n’ Wild” attraction. It has Africa’s biggest jungle-gym, a giant sandpit, Black Skulls treasure cave and a Treasure Island nugget search. The Duzi River Cafe caters for parents, while a dedicated team takes care of the children.
Normal cost: Adults R1O, children R45

11) Ushaka Marine World – Sea World
This is the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere where you will see an amazing collection of marine life through the underground viewing galleries. The shipwreck design aquarium spans 500m and displays the natural habitat of sea creatures in a phantom ship theme. It’s easy to spend the best part of the day at sea world watching the fascinating marine life and enjoying the entertaining and educational dolphin and seal shows which run in the morning and the afternoon.

For more information contact Jo-Anne Oxenham at Smartvisit Solutions (Africa) on 086 199 4439 or Joanne@svsafrica.co.za. Alternatively visit www.seedurbanpass.com