Each day visitors to uShaka Sea World have the opportunity to experience our amazing dolphins during special presentations. The presentation is designed to help visitors to connect emotionally with these incredible animals and learn more about some of their special adaptations. Caring for nature is a strong theme through the presentation and visitors are encouraged to think about how they can personally reduce their impact on nature.
The 1 200-seater stadium provides shelter from the sun and rain for most visitors. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis, with gates opening 30 minutes before the advertised presentation times. Toilet and refreshment centres are located close to the stadium.
Our daily Cape fur seal presentations are a delight for both young and old. The seals and their dedicated carers have woven together a story that highlights some of the problems, and importantly the solutions, in our environment. In a light-hearted manner we learn about what we can do to care for seals, and nature.
The open-air stadium is partially covered and offers visitors ample protection from both rain and sun. As this stadium is smaller than the dolphin stadium, it fills up quickly during busy times.
Our penguin exhibit is home to a thriving colony of the endangered African penguin. African penguins spend most of their time on land and only venture into the water when feeding.
Twice a day our animal care team members feed the birds, while a member of our Education team delivers an educational and entertaining presentation. Carefully recording of exactly what each bird eats is a part of the ritual.
The exhibit’s acrylic window provides a wonderful opportunity to view the penguins underwater as they glide effortlessly past, while their waddle on land enchants our visitors.
Our uShaka Sea World Turtle Lagoon is home to our resident turtles; and turtles that are undergoing rehabilitation before release. The turtle feed takes place on the surface level of the Turtle Lagoon, on the specially designed beach. During the feed you will learn more about these ancient reptiles and get to know each turtle individually. You may even be chosen to meet one of our turtles up close.
At times you may view our turtle hatchlings in the rehabilitation centre nearby.
The Shark Feed has been popular with visitors since it was first introduced. From the safety of a cage our aquarist feeds the sharks, while one of our education team members delivers an entertaining and educational presentation. By the end of the presentation you will know much more about these incredible animals, and why they deserve our respect as the top predators in the ocean.
Gasps are audible as our divers and rays swim up close to the enormous viewing window of the Open Ocean exhibit. During the Open Ocean exhibit feeds you will have a front row seat while our divers feed huge fish and giant, gentle rays, just centimeters from your nose – or camera. The presentation that accompanies the feed is both educational and entertaining, with plenty of time for questions.
While we may not all have the chance to dive in the ocean, every visitor to uShaka Sea World can snorkel with fish in our large Snorkel Lagoon. This impressive exhibit showcases over 100 different species of fish, including well known angling species such as spotted grunter, stumpnose and pompano; many different species of colourful subtropical fish species and even a few sharks. The feeds are exciting and fast paced as the diver is swamped by hungry fish, all eager for their dinner.
The reefs off the KwaZulu-Natal coast are home to many endemic species of fish. These fish are found no-where else in the world. The Rocky Reef exhibit is home to a range of such species, many of who have the ability to change sex. The feeds are accompanied by educational presentations where visitors will learn more about these iconic fish species, and why our Marine Protected Areas are critical for their survival.
The large Reef Predator exhibit displays many of the predatory fish and sharks associated with coral and offshore reefs. Our Zebra and Nurse sharks have been specially trained to ensure that we are able to provide them with the best possible care. At the surface they are hand fed by aquarists, and this ensures that each animal receives the right food. During the feeds the aquarists will tell you more about these animals and the environment in which they live.
09h30/ 12h45/ 16h00
|Turtle Feed and Training 11h00
|Open Ocean Feed
|Rocky Reef Feed
|Snorkel Lagoon Feed
|Reef Predator Feed
|Large Shark Feed
uShaka Sea World is open 365 days a year.
Operating times are: 09h00 to 17h00
The aquarium may close early occasionally for special functions. Posters advertise this on the day, at the ticket pavilion.
The Dangerous Creatures exhibit is open daily from 10h00 to 16h45
uShaka Sea World is situated on the Durban beachfront or “Golden Mile”, not far from the harbour mouth
Once in Durban, proceed along Mahatma Gandhi Road (formerly Point Road) towards the harbour until you reach uShaka Avenue on your left. Follow the directions to the parking area
Safe, secure parking is available at a nominal rate.
uShaka Village Walk
Dine at any one of a number of world-class family restaurants or fast food outlets. Indulge in some retail therapy at a variey of fashion, curio and craft stores.
uShaka Wet ‘n Wild
This amazing water park offers the young and young-at-heart a fun, fresh water world of slides and pools, with something for everyone, from the adrenaline junkie to the less adventurous. The park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays out of season.
Lifeguards are in attendance during peak season and over weekends to watch over you as you enjoy the non-stop beach and sea action on uShaka’s golden, sun-drenched beach.