uShaka Sea World Education
General Booking Info


Price list from January 2020
School visit to uShaka Sea World
Pre-primary and primary school learners’ visits to uShaka Sea World (Monday to Friday) R56
High school and tertiary learners’ visits to uShaka Sea World (Monday to Friday)  R66
Educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners  No charge
Additional educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners  R66
Educators in excess of these ratios will pay full price   (Increase 1 July) R198
Educational Programmes
Junior Primary School – per learner (course including entrance)  R89
Senior Primary and High School – per learner (course including entrance)  R95
Lessons – per learner (in addition to entrance fee)  R13
Guided tours – per learner (in addition to entrance fee) R27
School visits to uShaka Dangerous Creatures
Learners R36
Educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners No charge
Additional educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners  R36
Educators in excess of these ratios will pay full price  (Increase 1 July) R60
School visits to Wet ‘n’ Wild (Wednesday to Friday)
Pre-primary and primary school learners’ visits to Wet ‘n Wild   R65
High school and tertiary learners’ visits to Wet ‘n Wild  R78
Educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners No charge
Additional educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners  R78
Educators in excess of these ratios will pay full price  (Increase 1 July) R184
School Combo – uShaka Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild (Wednesday to Friday)
Pre-primary and primary school learners’ visits to Wet ‘n’ Wild (Wed to Fri) R110
High school and tertiary learners (Wed to Fri) R130
Educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners No charge
Additional educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners R130
Educators in excess of these ratios will pay full price  (Increase 1 July) R214
School visits to uShaka Kid’s World
Per learner (2 hours –  25 learners or more) R22
Educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners No charge
Additional Educators @ ratio 1:20 learners R28
School Combo per learner – uShaka Sea World & uShaka Kids World R69
School Combo visits to uShaka Sea World  and uShaka Dangerous Creatures
Pre and Primary school learners R75
High school learners R85
Educators @ a ratio of 1:20 learners No charge
Additional Educators @ ratio 1:20 learners R85
Educators in excess of these ratios will pay full price  (Increase 1 July) R222
Additional Activities
Snorkelling per learner (Primary school)     (30 min) R45
Snorkelling per learner (Senior School)        (30 min)  R65
Ocean Walker per learner (High School only) R72
Shark dive per learner (High School only) R104

How to Make a Booking:

School Groups
Educator Workshops
School Holiday Activities
Other Courses

Please Contact:

Tel: +27 31 328 8195 /+27 31 328 8196
Fax: +27 31 328 8211

Information for School Groups:

Can a school come for the day?
The subsidised, escorted, educational visit to uShaka Sea World lasts for 2.5 hours. If a school books a lesson, this will take place in the Education Centre for a further 45 minutes. A course lasts four hours including the visit to uShaka Sea World. 

Can the school group arrive at any time?
Tours operate according to a strict schedule to enable access by a number of schools. The school needs to book for one of the following times: 09h00, 09h30, 10h00, 10h30, 11h00 or 11h30.

Groups that arrive early will be asked to wait outside the gate until their booked time slot.

Groups that arrive late for booked tours will be accommodated on the next time slot that becomes available, in order to accommodate the set number for any given time in uShaka Sea World.

Should a group arrive with numbers in excess of the booked number, the excess numbers will only be permitted access if they do not exceed the maximum number of learners permitted in uShaka Sea World at the time.

What does a school visit to uShaka Marine World entail?
The school group will be assisted by an Education Guide for the duration of their visit to uShaka Sea World. Your visit will follow a set programme to ensure the best educational value, and will include the:

  • Penguin rookery
  • Turtle beach
  • Aquarium
  • Dolphinarium

A dolphin show will be included but cannot be guaranteed as performances are subject to animal behaviour. The dolphin show is set to music. School visits do not include seal shows.

Please note that Wet ‘n Wild is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays out of season

Visits to Dangerous Creatures in the shopping area of uShaka Marine World can be arranged at a separate additional fee (See School Price List). The opening times and number of learners allowed into Dangerous Creatures is different to uShaka Sea World – 10am to 5pm.

There are other activities such as snorkelling and uShaka Kids’ World. There are separate charges for these. (See School Price List)

An area may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. School visits unfortunately do not include seal shows due to the restricted size of this stadium.

Learners are required to wear school uniform for easy identification in the park so that they do not get lost and get left behind!

One educator per 20 learners will be admitted at no charge to supervise the learners for the full duration of the visit. One further Educator per 20 learners will be admitted at the Senior school rate.

Educators are expected to accompany and supervise their groups at all times during their visit to Sea World.

No additional adults may accompany the group without prior permission being obtained.

Learners are expected to be considerate towards the rest of the public in uShaka Marine World.

Groups on an education concession visit to uShaka Sea World may not access the shopping area during this visit. This can be done as a group before or after the visit.

Can a school visit on any day of the week?
Education concessions for uShaka Sea World operate from Monday to Friday out of season. Please note that Wet ‘n Wild is not open on Monday or Tuesday out of season.

Can learners bring their own food?
Your learners may bring a home-packed lunch that can only be eaten in a designated area at uShaka Sea World. The public may not come in with food so the same applies to schools e.g. two-litre cold-drinks, chips and take-aways are not permitted.
No food or drink may be taken into Wet ‘n Wild. You are welcome to eat in the Village Walk before or after your visit to uShaka Sea World.
No straws are permitted inside uShaka Sea World.

Can uShaka organise lunch?
The uShaka food and beverage staff can organise lunches. Ask about their school menu and prices when you phone to book. Tel: +27 31 328 8064

How much will parents pay?
For pre-primary schools the ratio of adults to learners is 1:20 at no charge and 1:5 at the school price.

For primary and senior schools the ratio of adults to learners is 1:20 at no charge and 1:20 at school price.

No additional adults may accompany the group without prior permission being obtained as this may impact on the educational experience of the group.
The whole group, including the adults, is expected to stay together for the entire tour.

Can one of the school’s learners be chosen to touch a dolphin?
Learners and teachers have the same opportunity as the rest of the public at a show to show their enthusiasm, thus allowing the trainers to pick one person from the audience to meet a dolphin.

What clothing is needed for Wet & Wild and Snorkelling?
Please note that swimwear is required for Wet n Wild – swimming in underwear is not permitted.

Does uShaka Sea World have information for the classroom?
Teachers’ workshops are presented at no charge. At these workshops teachers are given ideas for activities and resources. Please visit the “For Educators” section.

Directions for Buses:

Drop off

  • Enter at the Bell Street access and drop passengers outside the Education Centre.
  • Follow the road around the building to the traffic circle, right into uShaka Avenue and left at the end of the car park.
  • Pass Parkade A and turn left into Camperdown Road and follows signs to parking.


  • To return, travel down Camperdown Road and right into Shepstone Road.
  • Turn right into Bell Street and back in through the same access on Bell Street.

    Click here for map


For School Groups

Detailed Guidings (All Grades):

Book a special guide experience with our qualified and experienced staff who will guide learners through the aquarium in small groups of approximately 12 per group. Guiding may be general or can be theme-based: conservation, ecology or biodiversity.

A detailed guiding costs R27 per person and the duration is 1.5 hours.
Minimum group size – 15 learners.


Held Monday to Friday and booking is required. These lessons are 45-minute interactive presentations.
Download our “Lessons, Courses and Guided Tours” brochure.

Meet Thandi the Turtle mascot Grades R-3
Why Litter Goes in the Bin All Grades
Fishy Fun Puppet show Grades R-2
Introduction to the Aquarium All Grades
Marine Mammals Grades 4-9
Form and Function Grades 4-9
Animals and Ecosystems Grades 4-9
Catchment to Coast Grades 6-9
Marine Ecology Grade 10
Invertebrate Classification Grade 11
Population Studies Grade 11
The Environment and Us All Grades
“Dangerous Creatures” (Mon to Wed only) All Grades



uShaka Sea World Education offers a range of educational experiences that will inspire your learners and foster a love for the ocean while linking to the school curriculum.

Note: A minimum of 15 and maximum 60 learners is required for each activity.

Courses are more in-depth than lessons and take the form of a 4-hour interactive experience, which includes specialised guiding and group activities. Each group is divided into smaller groups of 12 learners, each with its own facilitator. All activities are linked to the National School Curriculum.

Junior Primary course (Grade R – 3):    R89 per person
Senior Primary course (Grade 4 – 7):     R95 per person

Download our “Lessons, Courses and Guided Tours” brochure.

The Environment and Us
How you can make a positive difference to climate change, pollution and over-fishing.
All grades Download pdf
Ocean Connections
Exploring the similarities and differences between animals and a variety of ocean habitats through hands-on activities
Grades R-3 Download pdf
Catchment to Coast
A look at catchments to coasts, and how the environment is affected by human impacts.
Grades 4-6 Download pdf
Biodiversity and Classification
The biodiversity and threats in the marine environment and how to classify animals into groups.
Grades 4-7 Download pdf

Form and Function
A look at the various body shapes and sensory organs which help animals move around and find food.

Grades 4-9 Download pdf
Animals and Ecosystems
The variety of living and non-living things which make up an ecosystem.  Find out how wild animals interact with one another.
Grades 4-9 Download pdf
Marine Ecology
Biospheres, biomes and ecosystems and all the biotic and abiotic factors that make up these functioning ecosystems. A creative look at ecology and human impact.
Grade 10 Download pdf
Population Studies
An overview of population dynamics including concepts and practical applications for fisheries management.
Grade 11 Download pdf
Invertebrate phyla and how their body plans, symmetry and gut structure contribute to their groupings. This course includes touch specimens from each phylum.
Grade 11 Download pdf
Marine Careers
What it takes to work in the marine field. This course includes presentations, back-of-house tours and information on marine careers.
Grades 9-11 Download pdf


For Educators

uShaka Sea World Educators workshops:

A series of workshops related to the understanding of basic marine biology, covering specific topics and  classroom activities that can be linked to the subject material discussed. It would be beneficial to attend each of the workshops to receive a full understanding of basic marine biology. These workshops are free, sponsored by SAAMBR, but booking is essential and must be done a minimum of 2 days in advance. There must be a minimum of 10 participants per workshop or the workshop will be cancelled.

To book email or call 031 328 8267/68


SAAMBR, Science and Scientific method:

  • SAAMBR and the role they play in scientific research.
  • The practical application for the scientific method in the classroom.
2020 date TBC

The South African Coastline & Biodiversity:

This workshop will identify South Africa’s different coastal zones, explain biodiversity and its threats.

2020 date TBC


  • Understanding tides, currents, up-welling and how weather is influenced by the oceans.
  • Understanding salinity and density in relation to sea water.  We describe basic beach dynamics.
2020 date TBC

Ecology :

  • Basic principles of ecology.
  • Understanding what a biome is.
  • Food webs,  competition and adaptation.
2020 date TBC

Climate change and our oceans (advanced):

Engage with an ORI scientist and learn some of the work being done in relation to climate change in South Africa.

2020 date TBC

Marine Ecosystems:

A closer look at the dynamics of five different marine ecosystems.
2020 date TBC


  • Identifying different phyla from pictures or dried specimens.
  • Looking at the characteristics of each phylum.
  • Understanding how organisms are grouped.
  • Description and application of body symmetry.
2020 date TBC

Fish characteristics:

  • The difference between bony and cartilaginous fish.
  • The 7 senses of a shark.
  • Labeling a diagram of a fish.
  • Identifying different body and tail shapes of fish.
  • Describing fish colouration and their advantages.
  • Conduct a fish dissection.
2020 date TBC

Marine mammals:

Marine mammals and some of their unique characteristics.

2020 date TBC


SAAMBR Marine Species Posters

The use of posters to introduce the public to marine animals and the need to care for marine resources, has been proved to be effective in raising awareness and encouraging compliance, especially among resource user groups. These posters are available in English and isiZulu.


The generosity of our sponsors enables us to substantially subsidise education programmes for learners from disadvantaged schools.

Our Formal Education Team put together a plan on an annual basis for this funding. The plan includes schools visiting uShaka Sea World at uShaka Marine World. It also enables us to take the uShaka Sea World team and specimens to schools in the outlying areas of the eThekwini Metro.

A set of criteria have been developed to identify which schools would benefit from the sponsorship. The criteria focus on schools in communities that have not previously visited uShaka Sea World or had uShaka Sea World staff visit their school and a choice of lessons has been developed to address the requirements of the Natural Science curriculum making our visit beneficial to the school. Each year about 15 000 learners benefit from this programme.

As part of the outreach programme, educators’ workshops are conducted during term time at uShaka Sea World and in communities where the outreach team is working. These workshops are aimed at assisting teachers to gain knowledge and lesson ideas for the CAPS curriculum. The lessons also make use of every day materials that can be bought at the local super markets, this way ensuring the lessons can be replicated at schools.

Our Outreach Programme is one that is valued in the community, and we get requests from other municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal to come and present to their communities.

Sponsorship Request Form – Click Here

School Holiday Courses

During school holidays (April, June and December) the uShaka Sea World Education team run educational courses for children from 6 to 10 years of age. Each course is aimed at a specific age group, and has a message of caring for the ocean. These courses allow learners to engage with the uShaka Sea World Education staff and do exciting hands-on activities while learning about the sea.

26 – 27 March 2020
18 – 19 June 2020
3 – 4 December 2020                                                                                               

Follow this link to the booking form.
For more information or booking contact

Other Courses

Marine Ecology Course

A number of SCUBA divers and beach visitors are keen to learn more about the environment under the big, blue blanket of the sea.  The course covers an introduction to oceanography, biodiversity, classification, more on fish families and an extensive guided tour of the ecosystems of the aquarium.

Five 2.5 hour (18h00 to 20h30) lessons are presented to groups twice a year at uShaka Sea World Education. 

14 May – Oceanography
21 May – Biodiversity 
28 May – Classification
4 June  –  Fish families
13 June – Ecology (Sat morning 8h30)

The full course fee is R950 per person. 

Regret No Children under the age of 13 Years are able to register for the course

Follow this link to the booking form.

For more information please email

Courses for Tertiary Education Facilities

  • Marine Ecology
  • Classification

uShaka Sea World Education has the facilities to provide a hands-on introduction to classification based on marine species.

  • Resource management and classification

A marine fisheries management course has been designed for these students. The main topics covered include population dynamics, diversity of fish lifestyles and different ecosystems, as well as management options available to ensure sustainable use. The ideas presented include the latest scientific understanding as a result of input from some of our senior scientific staff in the Oceanographic Research Institute.

R111 per person – 4 hours
R180 per person – 6.5 hours
R194 per person – 7 hours

For more information please email

Resource User Courses

a) Subsistence Angler Courses

Courses in basic marine biology and the sustainable use of marine resources have been specially prepared for rural subsistence fishermen to assist with capacity building of administrative committees for each of the fisheries along the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape coastlines.

b) Conservation Organisation Courses

A number of courses are offered:

  • Marine fish identification and life history (skiboat and/or shore catches)
  • Marine resource management
  • Marine ecology
  • Estuarine ecology
  • Beach dynamics

These courses are adapted for management and/or field staff.

c) Sustainable Seafood Courses
Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)

Courses for restaurants and fishmongers.
Cost R95 per person.

For more information please email

Marine Careers Guidance

uShaka Sea World Education runs two programmes for learners from Grade 9 upwards to expose them to a range of potential marine careers and the formal qualifications that are required.

Marine Careers Workshop

The Marine Careers workshop is a 3-hour programme held on a Saturday morning. This programme includes a talk on the formal qualifications required in the marine field as well as a back-of-house walkabout focused on highlighting some of the marine professions mentioned during the talk. Space is limited to 60 learners per programme.

Marine Careers Workshops in 2020 (Saturdays):

6 June
12 September

Follow this link to the booking form.

Cost: R72 per person.

For more information on a variety of marine careers download our brochure below.

Marine Careers Course

Our Marine Careers Course is a programme in which a limited number of learners get to interact with scientists, aquarists and animal behaviourists over a 2-day period during the school holidays. This programme requires an application and motivation to attend, and only 60 learners will be selected for the year. Applications and motivations open in November of the year prior to the programme. Learners will be notified regarding their application in the March of the programme year.

Marine Careers Courses in 2020 (Grade 10-12):

23, 24 March
24, 25 March
25, 26 March

22, 23 June
23, 24 June
24, 25 June

29, 30 June
30 June, 1 July
1, 2 July

21, 22 September
22, 23 September

Cost:  R190 per person for both days (excluding meals).  
There are a limited number of positions per course. 
Book for a particular course by following this link.

Download the Marine Careers Course Application Form.

Download the Marine Careers Guide.

For more information please email

First Response for Stranded Animals

This 4 hour workshop is aimed at professional organisations as well as public special interest groups on the basic response, legislation and practical procedure to follow when dealing with stranded marine animals in KwaZulu-Natal.

This workshop can done in conjunction with the following organisations:

Ezemvelo KZNWildlife
Stranded Animal History
Marine Animal Law

The KZN Sharks Board
Whale sharks
Net entanglement

uShaka Sea World
What to do if you find a stranded:

A short presentation on First Response for Marine Stranded Animals can be facilitated by uShaka Sea World.

Download the First Response to Marine Stranded Animal First booklet

For more information please email

SASSI Fishing Game

This game is useful to demonstrate the underlying structure of the SASSI programme and how all areas are considered to make seafood sustainable. 

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