Located on the shores of sunny Durban, uShaka Marine World has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s well known Golden Mile. uShaka Marine World is Africa’s largest marine theme park and the fifth biggest in the world.
This spectacular marine world incorporates fresh and sea water, gorgeously lush vegetation, and a great re-creation of a 1920’s cargo ship wreck. The park is based around family entertainment – from thrilling rides down some water slides, to the peace and quiet of the aquarium which has a variety of beautiful sea animals – no matter what you’re looking for, you will always find something to do at uShaka Marine World.
Wet ‘n Wild
Wet ‘n Wild incorporates a variety of fresh-water slides for adrenaline junkies and pools for the less adventurous.
The Body Tornado
This is one of uShaka’s newest and fastest slides. Here, you will speed through a tunnel before spiralling round a tornado bowl and down into the pool below.
This is a thrilling experience. On entering the jaws of the dark cavern, you’re taken on a rollercoaster ride around a host of curves at a gut wrenching speed.
This is also known as the washing machine. Here you will get sucked in, twisted and turned, before being spat out into a pool.
This is a very popular ride, where twists and turns await you as you slip and slide in a wall of high-speed gushing water.
The zoom zoom racer is for those who have a need for speed. This is a multi-lane racer where you get to challenge your friends or family. Fly over humps and almost lift off the slide as you zoom towards the finish line.
The drop zone
This is the highest slide in Africa. This 18 metre drop is guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping and your heart skipping a beat.
This ride is designed for families or friends who want to experience a ride together instead of against one another. The Jika Jika allows up to six people to ride in the same raft.
Sea World Aquarium
Featuring the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere, uShaka Marine World has underground viewing galleries, extending 500 meters through a series of four superbly designed old ship wrecks. Every display has been designed to represent the natural habitat of sea creatures as well as depicting a story that ties in with the Phantom Ship theme.
Incorporated into uShaka Marine World is the spectacular Animal Encounters, comprising of the Meet a Dolphin, I&J Snorkel Lagoon and Xpanda Shark Cage Experience.
uShaka’s sea world boasts an impressive Dolphin Arena, seating over 1,200 spectators, who will be thrilled and entertained by two dolphin shows per day. There are also two separate interactive pools, known as the Dolphin Lagoon, which allow up close and personal encounters with these beautiful creatures. Alongside the Dolphin Arena, is the Seal Arena which hosts a fun-filled seal show.
Get up close and personal with some of the most exciting creatures found off the KwaZulu-Natal coastline as you get to explore the nooks and crannies of the I&J Snorkel Lagoon.
During off-peak seasons, you can view this spectacle between 10am and 5pm Wednesday to Sunday and, during Peak Seasons, Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. For adults the cost is R90 for 30 minutes and kids are R70 for 30 minutes.
Shark Cage Dives
This experience involves immersing yourself into a world of scary sharks. Some sharks will circle your cage whilst others will glide slowly past. The times for this experience are the same as the I&J Snorkel Lagoon and rates are R170 per person.
The adventures don’t stop there, if you continue walking through uShaka village, you will get to uShakaBeach. Besides soaking up the sun on the beach, where flat blue seas gently lap the golden shore, you can also venture into Calypso Dive Shop where you can find out more about the numerous reefs, wrecks and dive sites off Durban.
If that’s not your cup of tea, then head to Ocean Ventures. This is where you will have the chance to get up close and personal with dolphins, sea birds, turtles, and a variety of other sea life that our beautiful coastline has to offer.
uShaka Kid’s World
uShaka Kid’s World is a haven for kids between the ages of 2 to 12 years old. This kid’s world boasts Africa’s biggest jungle gym, a giant sandpit, a painting paradise and a show time stage area. The activities available will have your little ones amazed with a Black Skulls treasure cave, Treasure Island and a water canon zone. Other elements of adventure in this massive playpen include: Riggadees Dough Cafe, Little Fry’s, Duzi River Lounge, Aquanaughts, the Lazy Lizard Movie Lounge, Guppies Goo and Splish-SplashSprinklerIsland.
uShaka Village Walk
The Village Walk offers guests a great shopping experience. With a host of unique outdoor adventure stores, a variety of curio stores and the full flavour of surf and ethnic clothing stores creating a retail haven and culinary adventure rolled into one.
Besides being the biggest marine park in Africa, uShaka is also home to some dangerous creatures housed in a beach-themed warehouse filled with exotic reptiles. You can come face to face with some of the world’s fastest and most venomous snakes, such as the King Cobra and Black Mamba. Then there’s the Anaconda, the longest and heaviest snake in the world and the Gaboon Adder, with the most poisonous fangs.
Some of the other encounters you may have – If you’re brave enough:
Black Throated Monitors:
This is a large lizard with a typically mild temperament. These lizards can grow to be over 1.2 meters in length and they belong to the same family as the Komodo Dragon.
Scorpions are closely related to spiders, mites and ticks. There are almost 2,000 different scorpion species; however, only about 40 have strong enough poison to kill a person. Did you know that scorpions can glow in the dark? This phenomenon occurs under UV light and is a mystery that is still under debate amongst scientists today.
Spiders, frogs, lizards and snakes…
The dangerous creatures continue with a variety of colourful and poisonous dart frogs, hairy and scary tarantulas, venomous Gila lizards, false water cobras, goliath bull frogs, tree vipers and Taipan snakes.
The Argentinean equivalent of the Nile Leguaan, a Tegu, is also one of the creatures on display and the only one of its kind in the country.