This aquatic complex combines the uShaka Sea World aquarium and the uShaka Wet 'n Wild water park. The world's fifth largest aquarium and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, uShaka Sea World has a capacity of nearly six million gallons of water, more than four times the size of Cape Town's aquarium. The innovative design is as impressive as its size. You enter through the side of a giant ship and walk down several stories, past the massive skeleton of Misty,
a southern right whale that died near Cape Town after colliding with a ship, until a sign welcomes you to the "bottom of the ocean." Here you enter a "labyrinth of shipwrecks"—a jumble of five different fake but highly realistic wrecks, from an early-20th-century passenger cruiser to a steamship. Within this labyrinth are massive tanks, housing more than 350 species of fish and other sea life and the biggest variety of sharks in the world. On land, there are dolphin, penguin and seal shows, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians at the Dangerous Creatures exhibit to be viewed for an additional fee.
The extensive uShaka Wet 'n Wild water fun park comprises slides, pools, and about 10 different water rides. The intensity ranges from toddler to adrenaline junkie. Durban's moderate winter temperatures make it an attraction pretty much all year round, though it's especially popular in summer. Avoid on public holidays and call ahead during winter when hours may change.