U Shaka Marine World
U Shaka Marine World
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare theme park in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It comprises 8 attractions: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet 'n Wild, uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Dangerous Creatures and Chimp & Zee. uShaka Sea World is the fifth largest aquarium in the world. uShaka Wet 'n Wild water park has the highest slide in Africa.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • ManaPet
    Prague, Czech Republic644 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice experience
    What a perfect aquarium experience. Honestly we did not expect much, but liked this aquarium more than the one at Cape Town. You do not need to walk through a short underwater tunnel to get the first class experience. Lots of interesting fish and other creatures wait for you in there and also interactive exhobits are interesting. If you plane to get something to eat and drink, you don´t find much in there though. Lots of possibilities wait just around the gate,.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Mekie P
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flipen lekker plekke
    Very nice place for family visits or going out with friends. There is just so much to do. A Bit pricey but will definitely say put this on your bucket list . Don't forget your swim wear at home you will definitely regret it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Patrick B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    Wet and wild has great water slides with small queues. Lovely beach with surprisingly warm water. The version of go ape (chimp and zee) is much better than the British version with great ziplines and obstacles. Not short of places to eat either with lots of food places.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Vishal
    Western Cape, South Africa150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very entertaining but slightly overpriced for locals
    I recently visited uShaka Marine World and found the seal and dolphin shows to be highly entertaining. The aquarium itself was impressive, but I was disappointed to discover that the shop inside didn't have the advertised items from the menu. The overall prices were quite high, which might pose a challenge for local families in Durban looking to enjoy what uShaka has to offer. Despite these issues, the marine shows were a highlight of the visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 December 2023
  • Liesel D
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family experience in Durban
    We had an awesome overall experience at uShaka but the dolphin show was a definite highlight for our family. It was incredible to see the dolphins performing are and how well managed and planned the show was. It was very interactive and well coordinated. The oceanarium offers an extensive range of sea life to view and admire- very well maintained.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 January 2024
  • Zolile D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best family entertainment
    You can't visit Durban and not go to Ushaka marine world. Best place to be with family: fun for all ages, best aquarium if you are a fun of under the sea worl. Slide best of the best and the entertainment: music Dj's and pool shows. Dedicate full day to enjoy this park.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 February 2024
  • Mojoblue717
    Manchester, United Kingdom3,247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visitor attraction on Durbans Golden Mile
    Visited this huge complex on a South African friends recommendation, whilst stopping off at Durban on a Cruise Ship. This a very family orientated attraction, close to the beach on Durbans Golden Mile, and is basically split into 2 main sections; Sea World & Wet n Wild, both of which you have to pay to go in. There is also a pseudo Shopping Mall called Village Walk, which also contains numerous restaurants & cafes. Wet n Wild is very water orientated with a kiddies pool area, gigantic water slides, snorkel lagoon & a river ride. Sea World which was our main interest has one of the worlds great aquariums built into an old prer-war steamer, which has to be seen to be believed. It also has Seal & Dolphin Stadiums & a Penguin Rookery, which have daily free shows. One of our main reasons for visiting it should be mentioned is that Durban is no longer considered to be a safe City for tourists, unless in organised groups & we like to do our own thing. As the site is quite close to the Cruise Terminal, we considered it our best option. Unfortunately the day of our visit was a Saturday, the weather was very warm and it seemed like half of Africa had the same idea as us. The place was very busy and we had to Q for 40 minutes before we got in. Luckily as UK Pensioners we were given the same acceptance as SA Pensioners, and charged Concessionary rates of 163SAR( about £8), which was extremely good value. The Aquarium was amazing and as good as any I've been to anywhere in the world, we spent hours there. Not only was there a lot to see, but the information boards surrounding the tanks & displays were extremely informative. We then spent some time with my favourite animals; Penguins, then went to watch a very entertaining seal show. Unfortunately, with the heat, my wife felt ill so we left and missed the afternoon Dolphin show, which I learnt later was very good. The place is not everyones "cup of tea", but we enjoyed what was a great value day out. For the record, I have heard since returning back to the UK,that the place is now temporarily closed down, due to an industrial dispute!!!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
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munisamykatherine
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My family specifically went from Jhb to UShaka for the Dolphin show, we bought Aquarium tickets, but when we got to the dolphin show they said we had to buy different tickets.
Written 19 April 2024
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Sightseer66197054336
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Extremely interesting. A must on your itinerary when visiting Durban.
The aquarium is built inside an old ship which adds to the character
Written 13 April 2024
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Mojoblue717
Manchester, UK3 247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visited this huge complex on a South African friends recommendation, whilst stopping off at Durban on a Cruise Ship. This a very family orientated attraction, close to the beach on Durbans Golden Mile, and is basically split into 2 main sections; Sea World & Wet n Wild, both of which you have to pay to go in. There is also a pseudo Shopping Mall called Village Walk, which also contains numerous restaurants & cafes. Wet n Wild is very water orientated with a kiddies pool area, gigantic water slides, snorkel lagoon & a river ride. Sea World which was our main interest has one of the worlds great aquariums built into an old prer-war steamer, which has to be seen to be believed. It also has Seal & Dolphin Stadiums & a Penguin Rookery, which have daily free shows. One of our main reasons for visiting it should be mentioned is that Durban is no longer considered to be a safe City for tourists, unless in organised groups & we like to do our own thing. As the site is quite close to the Cruise Terminal, we considered it our best option. Unfortunately the day of our visit was a Saturday, the weather was very warm and it seemed like half of Africa had the same idea as us. The place was very busy and we had to Q for 40 minutes before we got in. Luckily as UK Pensioners we were given the same acceptance as SA Pensioners, and charged Concessionary rates of 163SAR( about £8), which was extremely good value. The Aquarium was amazing and as good as any I've been to anywhere in the world, we spent hours there. Not only was there a lot to see, but the information boards surrounding the tanks & displays were extremely informative. We then spent some time with my favourite animals; Penguins, then went to watch a very entertaining seal show. Unfortunately, with the heat, my wife felt ill so we left and missed the afternoon Dolphin show, which I learnt later was very good. The place is not everyones "cup of tea", but we enjoyed what was a great value day out.
For the record, I have heard since returning back to the UK,that the place is now temporarily closed down, due to an industrial dispute!!!
Written 18 February 2024
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Zolile D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
You can't visit Durban and not go to Ushaka marine world. Best place to be with family: fun for all ages, best aquarium if you are a fun of under the sea worl.
Slide best of the best and the entertainment: music Dj's and pool shows. Dedicate full day to enjoy this park.
Written 9 February 2024
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Liesel D
Port Elizabeth, South Africa27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had an awesome overall experience at uShaka but the dolphin show was a definite highlight for our family. It was incredible to see the dolphins performing are and how well managed and planned the show was. It was very interactive and well coordinated.

The oceanarium offers an extensive range of sea life to view and admire- very well maintained.
Written 24 January 2024
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Rudairo Randa
Harare, Zimbabwe4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The dolphins🐬 were the highlight of the day for me. Amazing show they put up and amazing staff. What's a holiday in Durban if you dont visit uShaka World 😉👌🏽
Written 21 January 2024
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Vishal
Western Cape, South Africa150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I recently visited uShaka Marine World and found the seal and dolphin shows to be highly entertaining. The aquarium itself was impressive, but I was disappointed to discover that the shop inside didn't have the advertised items from the menu. The overall prices were quite high, which might pose a challenge for local families in Durban looking to enjoy what uShaka has to offer. Despite these issues, the marine shows were a highlight of the visit.
Written 31 December 2023
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marquizdb
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Exceeded my expectations. Great shows and very professional! Will definitely recommend this to anyone interested. Well done Ushaka!
Written 22 December 2023
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lebosawukazi
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Perfect for the family but there's too much walking around. Kiddies trolleys would really come in handy.
Written 20 December 2023
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Patrick B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Wet and wild has great water slides with small queues. Lovely beach with surprisingly warm water. The version of go ape (chimp and zee) is much better than the British version with great ziplines and obstacles. Not short of places to eat either with lots of food places.
Written 10 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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