To do in Durban

uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa, the largest ocean park in Africa, boasts fresh and sea water attractions from shipwrecks to an aquarium and dolphinarium, from water slides to amusement parks, from adventure sport to fine dining and shopping.

Gateway Theatre of Shopping: Attractions at the centre apart from the superb shopping are the entertainment facilities which include 'D-Rex' the only double break wave pool in the world, a huge Tony Hawke designed skateboard park, as well as a climbing wall, an IMAX theatre, cinemas and much more.

Umgeni Bird Park: Set on the Northern banks of the Umgeni Rivier just 10 minutes from both Quarters on Florida and Quarters on Avondale is the Umgeni Bird with a huge collection of both indigenous and exotic birds.

Windsor Golf Course: A 5 minute drive from both Quarters on Florida and Quarters on Avondale lies Windsor Golf Course. A municipal course it offers golfers a fair challenge on one of the busiest municipal golf courses in South Africa. Visitors are welcome and green fees are incredibly reasonable.

Kings Park Olympic Swimming Complex: This complex offers two pools, an Olympic sized main pool and a second diving / water polo pool. Both are heated and thus ideal for those who need their daily swimming exercise.

ABSA Park Rugby Stadium: The home of Natal Rugby and the ever popular Natal Sharks, ABSA Park is a short drive from both Quarters and transport can be arranged for those staying at either Quarters on Florida or Quarters on Avondale for Super 14, Curie Cup and Rugby Internationals.

Virgin Active Health Club: A Virgin Active Health Club is situated at the southern entrance to ABSA Park Rugby Stadium. Members are welcome.

Moses Madiba Stadium: Presently under construction will play host to several of the Soccer World Cup games in 2010, including one of the semi-finals. The stadium will have a seating capacity for 70 000 people. The arches will be 100m high and will cover 320 x 280 square metres and will be 45m in height.

Durban

Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun, Durban has from its earliest days possessed a special charm, a certain mystique that adds 'something extra' to the meeting of the warm Indian Ocean, radiant golden sands and lush sub-tropical greenery. Durban offers the broadest possible spectrum of unforgettable experiences, with the cultural wonders of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the long and tranquil beaches of The South and up-market ambience of the historic and culturally-rich Sugar Coast.

Durban is where the proud Zulu nation meets East and West, a wealth of influences to entertain and enthral with traditional warrior dancers, mystic fire-walkers and colonial heritage. Sample the unique vibrancy of township life, the finest curries outside India and a calendar filled with thrilling, spectacular events.

We're sports-crazy and equipped for it, hosting countless international contests at our magnificent venues - including the beach. While estate golf inland features high on the list of courses that abound, you can also tee off alongside the ocean or pause on the green as horses thunder by on race day. Durban hosts two of our country's premier horse-racing draw-cards, but should you not fancy their odds, there are always the slot-machines and gaming tables of our Sugar Mill casino. For a more relaxing experience, spend the day strolling through Durban's oldest natural attraction - the Botanic Gardens, renowned for the finest collection of botanic species anywhere in Africa, or visit Mitchell Park, a large and tree-filled menagerie that boasts a magnificent aviary complex and colony of tortoise that certainly appear to be as old as Durban itself.

Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban after dark is abuzz with elegant lounges, funky taverns and cozy inns, distinctive local theatre and live music, trendy clubs, pubs and discos. Rave 'till dawn and catch sunrise over the vast Indian Ocean horizon - this is night-life in a modern, authentic African metropolis.

Kwazulu Natal

Also known as the Zulu Kingdom, KwaZulu-Natal is a combination of natural wonders, fascinating culture and ultra-modern facilities. Durban’s Golden Mile skirts the main beaches of the Indian Ocean. Draw cards include an amusement centre, paddling pools, paved walkways and fountains. Key attractions include:

Dolphin spotting or lazing the days away on the coastline between the Umdloti and Tugela rivers – the Dolphin Coast.
The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, one of the largest game parks in South Africa and home to the Big Five, as well as cheetah and wild dogs.
The eMakhosini Valley, birthplace of King Shaka. The new Valley of Zulu Kings tells visitors all about the Zulu nation.
The Greater St Lucia Wetlands, with some of the highest forested dunes in the world, and an abundance of fish and birds.
Travelling the Hibiscus Coast between Umkomaas and the Wild Coast on the Banana Express train.
The Royal Natal National Park offers many scenic highlights, including the Amphitheatre, Mont-aux-Sources and the Tugela Falls.
The Battlefields Route in northern KwaZulu-Natal has the highest concentration of battlefields and related military sites in South Africa.

Travel formalities

Foreign visitors should check before arriving whether a visa is required. Visitors must have at least one blank page in their passports.
Tourists must have return or onward tickets.
Those coming from yellow-fever areas should be able to prove inoculation.
Foreign tourists may have their Value-Added Tax refunded upon departure.

More travel information when planning on visiting South Africa is available on http://www.southafrica.info