The holidays are fast approaching and whether you are a Durban local or will be visiting Durban from around the country these holidays, uShaka Marine World is always on my list of ‘must visits’. Here are five reasons why…
Ushaka Kids World
I actually cannot believe that I had never taken Maddie to uShaka Kids World before. It is amazing – kid paradise! It is the largest jungle gym in Africa with twisting and turning slides, netted mazes, tunnels, stairways, link bridges and swings. It is truly a place where kids can have the freedom to play, explore and just have FUN! From a parrot and cockatoo enclosure, the Ocean Warriors mascot show to the ‘On da Block’ LEGO building lounge… there is hours of entertainment for the kids to enjoy.
Maddie’s favourite was the ‘Splish Splash sprinkler island’… spitting turtles, misting treasures chests and gumpole cool–offs safe water play on a thin water run-off sprayground. We even ran through it with Maddie! So much fun!
Just a warning… a visit to uShaka Kids World is guaranteed to have your kids hooked and asking for more!
Tickets are R28 for adults and R80 for kids over the age of two. Under twos are free. The park is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm during peak season.
Wet & Wild
Well-known for their fun fresh water slides and pools. uShaka Marine World’s Wet ‘n Wild has always been one of our favourite places to visit. There truly is something for everyone at the water park as it caters to the adrenaline junkies as well the less adventurous who just want to laze around in the lazy river on a super tube under the warm Durban skies!
There are over 10 awesome slides to choose from in the park including various kids one designed for kids six and under called the Toti Splash which is also wide enough for parents to join their kids down.
The kids area, Jungle Friends is amazing! From slides to tipping buckets of water and sprinklers, the fun is endless. It can be a little scary for the younger ones so I think the right age for toddlers in this area would be three or four and over.
You can hire umbrellas and chairs for R20 or so and the guys move them around for you if you want to move around the park which I think is awesome.
Tickets range in price depending on what combo you choose to purchase but they range from R211 to R265 in peak season with under threes free. The park is open from 9am to 6pm.
Such a treat for the young and old. Visiting the aquarium is always a highlight for me and just seeing it all through Maddie’s eyes is just the best too!
uShaka Marine World’s Sea World is the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere and is literally an underground viewing gallery with extends 500 meters through a designed old ship wrecks. It is truly breathtaking with each display designed to represent not only the natural habitat of the sea creatures, but to depict a story the ties in with the Phantom Ship theme. A must visit!
The Dolphin Show
From dolphin shows, seal shows, penguin presentations, shark dives, ray feeds and so much more you could literally spend the entire day being entertained at uShaka Marine World’s Sea World. The Dolphin show is simply spectacular! There are 10 dashing dolphins who just put on the best show and you can even get up close and personal with an encounter with these amazing creatures. The penguin rockery also home to over 63 African Penguins and they are oh so cute!
From outdoor shopping to a delicious offering of food coupled with the cool sea breeze, the African-themed uShaka Village Walk affords guests a world of entertainment, family fun, shopping and dining to couple with their uShaka Marine World adventures! We love going for a bite to eat at one of the dozens of outlets after a visit to Wet & Wild or Sea World. There is something for everyone from fast food to family restaurants with specialised cuisine and panoramic sea views.
For more information visit ushakamarineworld.co.za/
Disclaimer: We were invited by uShaka Marine World to visit the park to write an honest review of our experience.
Until next time…
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