Top 10: Urban experiences in KwaZulu-Natal

Durban's beachfront from the air. The Durban city skyline

1 Gateway Shopping Centre, Umhlanga

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. more

2 Victoria Street Market, Durban

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. more

3 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

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. more

4 Hare Krishna Temple, Chatsworth

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. more

5 The Pavilion, Westville

The Pavilion shopping centre in Durban’s satellite town of Westville provides a complete and exciting shopping opportunity. it is regarded as hot spot for fashionable Durbanites, because of its many boutiques and exclusive clothing stores. more

6 The International Convention Centre, Durban

The International Convention Centre Durban (ICC Durban) in KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world and the largest in Africa. more

7 uShaka Marine World, Durban

uShaka Marine World is a marine theme park in Durban, South Africa’s biggest port city. With spectacular views of the Indian Ocean it provides quality entertainment for everyone. Have fun in the sun on the beach and then explore the Sea World aquarium, dolphin stadium, seal pool, turtle lagoon, penguin pool and snorkel lagoon. more

8 Pietermaritzburg 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.

9 BAT Centre, Durban

Situated in Durban's small craft harbour, the Bartle Arts Trust (BAT) Centre is a sanctuary for traditional artists. It features shops, a restaurant, bar, hall, studios, exhibition galleries, music practice rooms, a dance studio, resource center and conference room. more

10 Durban City Hall

This historic square in the centre of Durban (eThekwini) marks the first 19th century settlement which later gave rise to the city. Opposite the square lies the Durban (eThekwini) City Hall, a replica of Ireland's Belfast City Hall, built in 1910. more