uShaka Marine World, Kwazulu-Natal
Did you know?
uShaka Marine World houses the world's 5th largest aquarium, measured by water volume.
If you want to learn about the magical world of the deep sea and explore the bounty of the Indian Ocean, then you should visit uShaka Marine World at Durban's Addington Beach, near the Durban harbour.
This marine theme park in Durban is a must for families with children who would enjoy learning about the sea and its animals while having fun at the same time.
uShaka Marine World offers a lot of beach, water and action activities. There are numerous fascinating things to see – from an old shipwreck to indoor and outdoor displays and exhibits. uShaka Marine World is open-plan so that you can enjoy the wonderful subtropical weather, feel the sun kiss your skin and watch the passing parade at the beachfront.
When you enter uShaka Marine World, you will find the Village Walk next to the main entrance. This retail village is a real treasure where you can buy souvenirs like T-shirts and animal posters, trendy beach clothing, surf gear, upmarket curios, footwear and more. It's also the best place to chill out and relax in the many restaurants, bars and kiosks.
In the heart of Marine World is its most popular attraction – Sea World. Here you can get close to hundreds of fascinating marine animals – turtles, sharks, fish, penguins, seals, dolphins, snakes, frogs and many more creatures. There are interactive displays like the rays touch pool and beach exhibit and you can even dive among reef species in the Snorkel Lagoon.
uShaka Marine World is not just about salt water. There is also a freshwater entertainment facility called Wet ‘n Wild for all ages. There are kamikaze water slides, five lane tube slides, the lazy river ride, numerous pools and rides in which to cool off on a hot day.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
uShaka Marine World
Tel: +27 (0)31 328 8000
How to get here
uShaka Marine World can be easily reached by car, taxi or bus. Take the Western Freeway (N3) towards Durban CBD. Drive into Pine Street and turn into Mahatma Gandhi Road. Follow the road till you reach uShaka Avenue. It's number 1.
Best time to visit
uShaka Sea World is open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Wet ‘n Wild is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
What will it cost
uShaka Marine World costs approx. R140 for adults, R110 for senior citizens (60+) and R110 for children.
Where to stay
There is no shortage of luxury and affordable accommodation in Durban. Right next to uShaka Marine World is an array of hotels, bed and breakfast motels, guesthouses and self-catering apartments.
What to eat
Inside the Phantom Ship at uShaka Marine World you will find great restaurants. For an upmarket culinary experience, try the Cargo Hold Restaurant.
Dolphin sightings, beach volleyball and beach rugby are just some of the exciting activities that you can experience on uShaka Beach.