Pioneers to progress
Urban experiences in KwaZulu-Natal
1Gateway Shopping Centre
Located on Umhlanga Ridge, the enormous Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers 380 different stores, a skateboarding park, indoor wall climbing, the world's only double D-Rex wave pool, loads of indoor and outdoor restaurants, kiddies' entertainment, 20 movie theatres and a Barnyard Theatre featuring live performances.
2The Victoria Street Market
This oriental haven filled with the rich aromas of tumeric, ginger, garlic and curry powder mingled with incense is reminiscent of India. This is a perfect place to shop for spices and fabrics. It’s a colourful and busy place where the best bargains can be found by lively negotiation with sellers.
3Moses Mabhida Stadium
This imposing structure is as impressive from the air as it is when you step into its cavernous interior. Its design is representative of a unified South Africa and features an interior bungee swing and exterior sky car which travels to the top of its massive arch to offer a view over the whole of Durban and the Indian Ocean.
4Hare Krishna Temple
The largest of its kind in Africa, the Hare Krishna (Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding) was built in the Indian suburb of Chatsworth in 1969. Created in the image of a lotus flower, the temple comprises an ornate mix of marble tiles, gold-tinted windows, brass ornaments and crystal chandeliers. The temple is also popular for its superb vegetarian cuisine.
With a view that's best appreciated at night, when the harbour lights reflect off the ocean, the many restaurants that make up Wilson's Wharf are popular late afternoon spots to enjoy a meal or drinks as the sun sets. The small Catalina Theatre forms part of the wharf development, as do a number of curio shops and boat hire companies.
6The Chief Albert Luthuli Convention Centre
One of the world's premier conference facilities, the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban (eThekwini) hosts a number of annual exhibitions that attract visitors both international and domestic.
7Natal Society of Arts Gallery
The Natal Society of Arts Gallery lies in the heart of Glenwood, a short drive from the city centre. This is the place to buy KwaZulu-Natal art and craft in a wide variety of media such as ceramics, fibre art, basketware, jewellery, resin sculpture, metalwork, glassware, textiles, wooden artifacts and much more. Take a break for coffee at the adjacent Artscafe.
8Pietermaritzburg City Hall
The Pietermaritzburg City Hall is an ornate Victorian period structure with a large belltower. It is officially recognised as the biggest brick building in the southern hemisphere and houses one of the world's largest pipe organs.
Situated in Durban's small craft harbour, the Bartle Arts Trust (BAT) Centre is a sanctuary for traditional artists. Find it off Durban's Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Victoria Embankment). It features shops, a restaurant, bar, hall, studios, exhibition galleries, music practice rooms, a dance studio, resource center and conference room, all designed to showcase the talent of KwaZulu-Natal.
10Francis Farewell Square
This historic square in the centre of Durban (eThekwini) marks the first 19th century settlement which later gave rise to the city. It is named in honour of Henry Francis Flynn, a prominent leader of the time.Opposite the square lies the Durban (eThekwini) City Hall, a replica of Ireland's Belfast City Hall, built in 1910.