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WILDLIFE REHABILITATION

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MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

Coedmore Castle
Durban Art Gallary
Kwamuhle museum
Durban Natural Science Museum

Durban Natural Science Museum is all about the earth, as well as life on earlth and the life forms that live and have lived on it. The worldly home of this historic earth collection in a 2200m² space in Durban City Hall which although historic in its own standing - impressing with its modern renaissance architecture since 1910; never seems to get as much attention as the earth whose architecture dates back 4.55 billion years.

Contact Details

1st Floor City Hall

234 Anton Lembede Street

Durban

Research Centre: 151 KE Masinga Road Durban

The museum is open Monday to Saturday 8:30am – 4pm and Sunday & Public Holidays 11am to 4pm.

The museum is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Tel no: +27(0)31 311 2256

Fees There is no charge, it is free to visit!

 

PARKS AND ZOOS

Mitchell Park Zoo
Umgeni River Bird Park

MARINE

USHAKA MARINE WORLD
NATURE AND GAME RESERVES
Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve

The famous Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve with breathtaking views is certainly a must do/see. They are the oldest Game Reserves in Africa.
Safari’s in Hluhluwe with its rolling hills as well as outstanding sun rise scenic photographic platforms, offers wild rich history. The Park boasts the famous Big Five as well as the endangered Wild Dogs in Africa. Hluhluwe’s main gate or entrance, Memorial Gate to the North of the park is approximately 10 km from Hill Top Camp which offers self catering accommodation with impecible views, why not book a sunset drive to experience viewing the Big Five.

Contact Details

Tel: 033 845 1999

 

Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve

In the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands lies a valley created by the Umgeni River, after cascading over the majestic Howick Falls. The biggest section of the Umgeni Valley nature reserve lies in the spectacular gorge below the Howick Falls.The valley sides below 860m altitude slope away gently towards the Umgeni River. The lowest point is 737m above sea level. The Umgeni Valley reserve offers giraffe, zebra and a wide variety of antelope. There is an indigenous tree trail surrounding the Education Centre and self-guided walks mingling with the wildlife in the beautiful Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.

Contact Details

Tel: 033 330 3931

 

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is Situated only 4 kilometres from the centre of Kloof. This reserve offers both coastal forest and grasslands, Molweni River runs right through Krantzkloof Reserve. It has been said that Krantzkloof Reserve was proclaimed in the year 1950 and covers 600 hectares. The wildlife here consists of zebra, bushbuck, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, blue, red and grey duiker, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. As well as abundant birdlife currently over 200 species. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous plantation.

Contact Details

info@kloofconservancy.org.za

Fax: 086 242 7265

152 Kloof Falls Road

Kloof,

KwaZulu-Natal

 

CHURCHES AND TEMPLES
durban cathedral - emmanuel cathedral

Emmanuel is the Hebrew word meaning “God is with us”.

The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop and the mother church of the Archdiocese. The ‘cathedra’ or bishop’s chair from which he presides over liturgical functions, is the origin of the word ‘Cathedral’. Why a new Cathedral? In 1902, newly arrived French Bishop Charles Jolivet OMI wanted to build a Cathedral for the vicariate of Durban. There was already a large church, Saint Joseph’s, founded in 1852, a few hundred yards away in what is now Dr Pixley kaSeme Street. At that time the church did not have sufficient funds to build a cathedral, and the bishop calculated that if he sold the valuable, but noisy Saint Joseph’s property, St Joseph’s could be physically dismantled and moved to Greyville. This was done and the Cathedral was then built for £48 000 (which was a huge amount of money at that time)!

Contact Details

48 Cathedral Road Durban, Kwazulu-Natal South Africa

Tel: 031- 3063595 (International calls: 0027 31- 3063595) Fax: 031-3063597

Email: secretary@emmanuelcathedral.org.za

Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding

Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding,

The Hare Krishna temple, known as the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding, is found in the largely Indian area of Chatsworth roughly 20 kilometres south of the city of Durban. It is one of the major tourist attractions when in Durban.

Incredible architecture of the temple comes with marble tiles, gold-tinted windows, brass ornaments, crystal chandeliers and golden statuettes. The other reason is the excellent vegetarian restaurant at the temple. The Hare Krishna Temple was designed in the shape of a Lotus plant and built in 1969. It is regarded as the largest Hare Krishna temple in Africa, and it makes a fascinating visit, not least because of the beautiful gardens, which were added six years after the temple was built.

Contact Details

Tel : +27 31 4033328

temple@iskcondurban.net

50 Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle

Chatsworth

 

HARBOURS
Durban Yacht Mole

Durban Yacht Mole

Durban's Victoria Embankment, also known as the Esplanade, and now more offically renamed Margaret Mncadi Avenue, is one of the major landmarks of the city. It runs part of the length of the harbour, apartment and office buildings on one side, and the water on the other. Despite its name change, it's still known to residents who lived here before the name change as the Esplanade, and it travels past the Yacht Mole, another name you have to live in Durban to know.

Contact Details

Boatmans Rd,

Harbour,

Durban, South Africa

 
RACE COURSES
Greyville Race Course

Greyville Race Course

Where the Durban July takes place , it is comparable to Britain’s Royal Ascot - high fashion, exciting horse racing, food, champagne and a lot of people. And you don’t even have to know all that much about horse racing to enjoy the festivities. The race was first held in July 1897 with only seven horses and today it is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Ladies and gents alike come out arrayed in the most incredible designer outfits. Large hats and vibrant colors are the order of the day and once the race is over, most supporters head out to one of many after parties until late at night.

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SHOPPING AND FLEA MARKETS
Umkhumbane Flea Market

Locals and tourists are invited to come and enjoy the Umkhumbane Flea Market - Durban's newest grassroots trading spot, where the traditional meets the contemporary. The market promises a variety of things to do and see in pleasant surroundings. Come and shop or even sit awhile and enjoy freshly ground coffee and muffins at the food market while the kiddies go off on a pony ride or play on the jumping castle.

Contact Details
Corner of Bellair and Booth Roads, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu Natal.
Tel: +27 (0)31 261-6640
Times: Every Sunday from 09h00 to 16h00

 

Victoria street market

SPORTS

Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban

P O Box 8073
Nelspruit 1206
Mpumalanga

 

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