uShaka Marine World, a theme park in Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, has plenty on offer to keep visitors from getting bored: watch dolphins at play, see the sharks being fed or take a wild ride down a water chute.

The uShaka Marine World offers visitors an unforgettable experience, combining the thrills of a theme park with the educational aspects of a world-class aquarium to make for a unique adventure outing.

Where else but at this Durban marine world could you come face-to-face with the warrior of all marine species, the Great White Shark, before taking a slow swim in a lagoon or indulging in a series of breathtaking rides and slides?

This marine theme park in Durban exudes an air of fun and excitement, and no matter what the occasion, you will always find something invigorating to do.

There's sizzling aquatic entertainment on offer at Sea World and Dolphin World, fun-filled water slides and rides at Wet ‘n Wild World, and for those not wanting to exert themselves overly much, Beach World offers a chance to simply laze under the sun's rays. (Of course don't forget that, even though you're at sea level, it's never wise to do this without some form of sunscreen protection, particularly around midday.)

Shopaholics are well catered for at the Treasure World retail village. Built using an earthy mix of natural materials and modern design, the village depicts a bustling African market with open spaces, thatch roofs and mosaic designs celebrating the artistic and cultural heritage of South Africa's many people.

Covering over 17 hectares of prime beach front, uShaka Marine World is Africa's largest marine park and incorporates both fresh and sea water enclosures, lush vegetation, natural materials and a vivid re-creation of a 1940's cargo shipwreck.

In February 2005 uShaka Marine World won the equivalent of an Oscar in the theme park industry when the Themed Entertainment Association awarded it for Outstanding Achievement in thematic creative design, putting this Durban landmark on the international theme park map.

uShaka Marine World is located in central Durban, on the beachfront, and is easily accessible by car, bus or taxi. There is plenty of safe parking in the area.

Who wants to get around when you can lie back and catch the sun's rays?

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

uShaka Marine World:

Tel: +27 (0) 31 328 8000

Best time to visit

Any time of year. Winters in Durban are relatively mild so swimming is still comfortable. In summer the humidity can be overwhelming so all the water features at uShaka Marine World are a blessing.

Around the area

Keep an eye on the website for updates on forthcoming events.

The beachfront is the prime entertainment area in Durban so there's plenty more to do and see. Wave House Skate Park is a mere 10-minute drive away.

Tours to do

uShaka Marine World offers both surfing lessons and kayaking tours to Vetchies reef. 

What will it cost

uShaka Marine World has many different options so cost will depend on how much you want to do and see - expect to pay anything from R45 to R200. For further information on the various options please visit their website.

Length of stay

A full day will allow you to enjoy all of uShaka Marine World's attractions.

What to pack

A hat, sunscreen and your swimming costume.

Where to stay

Durban has a wide variety of accommodation available to suit all pockets.

What to eat

uShaka Marine World has a number of refreshment options on site, from fast food to sit-down dining.

What's happening

uShaka Marine World offers a guided kayaking tour to nearby Vetchies reef.