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uShaka Marine World

  • 1 King Shaka Ave. Map It
  • Beachfront
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

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 6 million gallons of water, more than four times the size of Cape Town's aquarium. Enter through the side of a giant ship and walk down several stories to 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, including ragged-tooth and Zambezi (bull sharks). Try to catch the divers hand-feeding fish and rays in the morning. The complex includes dolphin, penguin, and seal shows, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians populate the Dangerous Creatures exhibit.

The extensive water park comprises slides, pools, and about 10 different water rides. The intensity ranges from toddler-friendly to adrenaline junkie. Durban's moderate winter temperatures make it an attraction pretty much year-round, though it's especially popular in summer. Avoid on public holidays, and call ahead during winter when hours may change.

Sight Information

Address:

1 King Shaka Ave., Durban, KwaZulu Natal, 4001, South Africa

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Phone:

031-328–8000

Sight Details:

  • Sea World R186; Wet 'n Wild R178; combo ticket R209. Dangerous Creatures Exhibit R55

Published 05/20/2009

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