The KZN Philharmonic holds various annual events, including the Music at the Lake, a series of light classical evenings held in the early spring and summer evenings, in the lovely botanical gardens. The NBS Sunset Proms are held throughout the year, and look out for the "Stars and Stripes" evening of U.S. music around July 4th. These are held at the Kingsmead Cricket grounds. For details of when these very special events are to be held, get in contact with the Philarmonic box office.
Built during the 1920's in Tudor Revival style, Playhouse was taken over by the Performing Arts Council in the 1980's. The Company's mission is to provide cultural education and entertainment in both an African and international context. Within the complex there are several theaters which house a variety of productions simultaneously. Alongside the production and performance work of its Drama and Dance departments, the Company's Education and Development department has an active program, presenting mobile theater to schools. Inquire at the Tourist Junction about guided tours of the Playhouse. Call for performance schedule.
This stadium, named after the former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party, was constructed in the Durban sports precinct for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Its unique design allows it to both expand to 80,000-person capacity and reduce to hold 54,000 people. The modern structure includes a large arch which symbolizes the country's struggles and unification.
This multi-use venue is dedicated to encouraging artistic expression in the community. There are art and music programs, performances, and resident artists. In addition to regular poetry, drum and DJ evenings there are productions of all types at the BAT, which can seat 800 people. It also hosts local festivals and community productions and is a venue for professional plays and concerts. Call or see website for current program information.
Located between Botha's Hill and Drummond, Phezulu Safari Park is highly recommended. It lies on the ridge overlooking the Valley of 1,000 hills. There is a good curio shop on site and two restaurants; try a four-wheel trip into the Valley of hills. The main attractions, however, are the interesting tour of the crocodile farm and the Zulu village and dancing show. There is also an animal farm and children's playground.
Set in fine gardens, this model, Old Fort is a reconstruction of the basic defenses set up by the 27th Regiment, the Inniskiling Fusiliers. The original site was constructed to help protect the soldiers and the British population of the town from the Afrikaners who came and besieged Durban following their victory at the battle of Congella, in 1842. The Irishmen held out for a month when relief arrived from Grahamstown brought by the epic ride of Dick King. The military museum inside the fort is also a wonderful attraction. The Old Fort ranks as one of the National Heritage sites in Durban
St Paul's was originally built in 1853, but was rebuilt in 1906 after a fire destroyed the original buildings. The new church was built in a Neo-Gothic style. From the outside, it is not much to look at, but the interior is beautiful. There are commemorative plaques on the walls to some of Durban's early settlers and there is a lovely, wood ceiling complemented by the stained-glass chancel windows. The chapel of St. Nicolas on the left of the aisle was part of the Mission to Seamen between 1899 and 1989.
A gift from the Portuguese government installed on the Victoria Embankment in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of explorer Vasco Da Gama's first sighting and visit to Durban, which was then called the Natal coast, the Da Gama clock is in somewhat of a state of disrepair these days, but still a striking sight, nonetheless. Crafted from colorful and impressively intricate ironwork, this bell-shaped clock is a popular Durban attraction and one of the city's most historical. As well, its location along the popular and thoroughly modern Victoria Embankment, also called the Esplanade, make it a great addition to an afternoon stroll. In 1969 a new stone plaque that commemorates the 500th anniversary of Da Gama's birth was unveiled by the Portuguese ambassador.
This theater was created to showcase the talents of Durban's playwrights, musicians, and poets. A variety of shows are offered, from musical theater to drama, poetry, and comedy. Whatever genre you prefer, you're sure to find it at at the Catalina. During intermission, get a cold drink at the bar or take in the fabulous views of the harbor. See website for current listings.
African Kingdom Tours specializes in day and overnight tours including the Hluhluwe Game Park and St. Lucia tour and the Lesotho Via Sani Pass tour, which includes transportation via 4x4 and a trip to the highest pub in Africa. Longer tours include a three day trip in the Drakensburg Mountains. For those who are traveling through, several one-direction tours are also available. All tours include transportation and some food.
A dominant feature of the Clairwood landscape, Shree Siva Subramanium Alayam is one of the places where Hindus in the area worship. Another important aspect worth mentioning is the Kavadi celebrations which is celebrated with great aplomb in the 120-year-old temple.