Durban is South Africa’s second largest city, a multicultural hub situated around Africa’s busiest port. Its people are drawn from diverse cultural backgrounds. Strong Eastern, Western and African influences are visible everywhere in architecture, cuisine, music, fashion and in the local patois. The beachfront, often referred to as The Golden Mile, offers safe all year round bathing and ocean sports, with top hotels, restaurants, shops and bars in close proximity.
The Umgeni River Bird Park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey. It is situated in an old quarry site which used to contain water and was visited by Alan as a young boy growing up in Durban. When looking for a bird park site, he remembered it as a perfect option. After a year of extensive land filling, landscaping and aviary construction, the Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 by the then mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz.
The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets.
For a shopping experience with a distinctly Durban flavour, visit the Grey and Victoria St district for a melting pot of African and Indian wares anything from a traditional medical cure for any ailment to a rainbow selection of the finest silks.
A number of exceptional malls are available and for the traveller from Zululand, the Gateway in Umhlanga and the Pavilion in Westville are conveniently situated close to the N2.