24 June 2014 by Christine Marot

Wilson’s Wharf: Relaxing in Durban harbour

As the sun sets over Durban, there’s nowhere more picturesque to socialise with friends than at Wilson’s Wharf.

A stunning view of the Durban skyline as seen from Wilson's Wharf. Image courtesy of Zahir Mirza

With hundreds of lights reflected in the dark waters of Africa’s busiest port, and boats entering and leaving the adjacent small-craft harbour, there’s lots to enjoy ahead of dinner and on-site entertainment at Wilson's Wharf.

Looking down the deck towards the restaurants at Wilson's Wharf. Image courtesy of Enos Mhlongo

A choice of places to eat ranges from a trendy oyster bar and sushi spot to seafood eateries, a Thai restaurant, family restaurant franchise, various pubs and a coffee shop. If you’re in a hurry, there are half-a-dozen fast-food places that remain open until late.

After-dinner entertainment often takes the form of live local band performances at Zack’s, or, for more sophisticated fare, there’s the intimate Catalina theatre behind the restaurants, where top-notch productions attract regular patronage.

Tourists looking for a memento of Durban might find it in the indoor craft market, where Africana, novelties, leather goods and gifts are sold.

Those keen on booking a fishing or leisure charter can do so here. There are more than a dozen charter companies offering harbour cruising, corporate trips, and bay and surf fishing on a variety of crafts.

There’s plenty of on-site parking available. Get to Wilson’s Wharf via the Esplanade, now Margaret Mncgadi Avenue, where the Durban small-craft harbour is also located.

Wilson's Wharf on a still winter's morning. Image courtesy of Enos Mhlongo

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