Category Archives: Places To See

View Points of Sodurba

What you can see from the View Points in SODURBA

  • Dolphins all year – usually swim south from 6.00-8.30am
  • Humpback & Southern Wright Whales from  June – November and calves appearing from October – November
  • The greatest shoal on earth! The sardine run starts from May – July
  • Vervet monkeys, mongoose, fruit bats and a wide variety of birdlife can be spotted across SODURBA

Official View Points

Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery

Mary Agnes Stainbank was born in 1899 on the farm Coedmore in Bellair, Durban. She was educated at St. Anne’s DSG at Hilton.

Stainbank was an artist way ahead of her time. Though credited with introducing a modern school of sculpture to South Africa during her early career, she was often criticized for her use of avant-garde images

During her career, Stainbank produced many portraits of the people who lived on the Coedmore estate as well as architectural commissions that she received. These include decorations on buildings, in Durban, such as the Children’s Hospital at Addington Beach and the government offices in the CBD.

The Stainbank collection is generally regarded as the largest body of work by a single artist in South Africa to have remained intact. The collection is housed at the Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery at Coedmore, the original Stainbank family estate, where the family settled in the 1880s.

Mary Agnes Stainbank died in 1996 in Durban.

Address: 14 Robin Road, Yellow Wood Park, Durban South, 4011, South Africa
Area: 625 acres
Phone: +27 31 469 2807
Times: Mon – Sat (6AM–6PM) bookings must be done in advance
Established: 1963

Adults Kids (U12)
Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve R30 R15
Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery R20 R10 (kids & pensioners)
Coedmore Castle R30

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Wilson’s Wharf

Wilson’s Wharf, situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment between the Yacht Mole and the Sugar Terminal, is the City’s trendiest fusion of fun, food, top shows and crafts, all blended with the rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways.

Durban is the City of fun, and visitors to Wilson’s Wharf can socialize with friends and family, basking in the sunshine during the day or enjoying the cool vibe and taking in the magnificent splendour of the city lights reflecting on the harbour waters at night. The focus is on the great South African outdoors, the marine lifestyle, and the preservation of the natural environment.

The wharf is host to a variety of musical and theatrical festivals throughout the year, showcasing international performers and promoting local talent. Wilson’s Wharf is a “must see” for all who live in or visit the city and offers the ideal destination to take a break, enjoy the buzz, relax and unwind on the deck and watch the ships sail by.

Fun in the Bay!

Address: 14-18 Boatmans Road

Tel: 031 305 3099

Times: Monday – Sunday (9am-5pm) cruises weather permitting

Isle of Capri Cruises Adults Kids (U12) Duration
Da Boss R150 1 Hour
African Princess R80 R50 30 Mins
Bafana from R550 2 Hours

 

 

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Port Natal Maritime Museum

Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life while also reflecting on the rigours and romance of lives lived at sea. Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience, with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels.

These exhibits are the steam tug JR More as well as the minesweeper SAS Durban and together with other exhibits like the Ulundi and NCS Challenger offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Address: Bay end of Samora Machel Street, next to BAT Centre. Durban

Tel: 031 322 9598
Times: Monday – Sunday (9am-4.30pm) times may differ on public holidays

Guided Tours Adults Kids (U12)
Educational Whale Tour R10 R5

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Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban,which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. Notable species are zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, impala, blue,red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose, bushbaby, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous flora and over 200 bird species on record.

Tucked away in the heart of the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, surrounded by giant Yellowwood trees, is Coedmore Castle, a gracious old stone homestead. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places. An entrance fee is charged at the entrance gate, where visitors can obtain maps, plant and animal lists from the Field Ranger.

Address: 14 Robin Road, Yellow Wood Park, Durban South, 4011, South Africa
Area: 625 acres
Phone: +27 31 469 2807
Times: Mon – Sat (6AM–6PM) bookings must be done in advance
Established: 1963

Adults Kids (U12)
Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve R30 R15
Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery R20 R10  (kids & pensioners)
Coedmore Castle R30

 

Coedmore Castle

Tucked away in the heart of the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, surrounded by giant Yellowwood trees, is Coedmore Castle, a gracious old stone homestead.

It was built by Dering Stainbank in 1885 as a family home and is situated an easy 15-minute drive south of Durban. The 253 hectare nature reserve, or rather ‘Green lung’, home to many species of antelope, zebra and abundant birdlife, was donated by Kenneth Stainbank to the people of South Africa over 50 years ago and is currently managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

DURBAN’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Coedmore Castle has remained in the family for 4 generations, and contains many of the original household contents including furniture from the 19th century, old family portraits and antique silverware. Although donated to the state by Kenneth Stainbank, the family currently manages it. It is now open to the public for guided tours, school outings and hire of the grounds for small weddings, functions and photography. 

Museum

Opened in 2013, the Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery houses the work of Mary Agnes Stainbank, a renowned contributor to Modernist art. Keith tells us that: “Those familiar with her work are delighted that there is now somewhere where they can view it, whilst people who are not familiar with it are amazed that a woman born at the end of the 19th century produced such powerful art, which remains relevant today.”

Address: 14 Robin Road, Yellow Wood Park, Durban South, 4011, South Africa
Area: 625 acres
Phone: +27 31 469 2807
Times: Mon – Sat (6AM–6PM) bookings must be done in advance
Established: 1963

Adults Kids (U12)
Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve R30 R15
Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery R20 R10 (kids & pensioners)
Coedmore Castle R30

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Treasure Beach Centre

Treasure Beach Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defense during World War 2 and has one of the last remaining patches of coastal grassland. The Centre has been operating since 1985 and offers a wide diversity of educational experiences to all ages.

logo20-20clown20v520copy_f8e64cf12dbaed90354083c98cab5aaaTreasure Beach Centre is one of the four Environmental Education centers run by WESSA KZN. We focus on working with local and international school groups, ranging from grade R to 12, as well as university students and trainee teachers and community members.

entranceTheir courses are conducted as a ‘hands on’ outdoor classroom experience, with interactive activities and workshops. These encourage a practical understanding of ecology, and the individual’s role in caring for the environment and preserving our National Heritage.

(Source: WESSA)

 

Address: 835 Marine Drive, Bluff, 4052

Tel: 031 467 8507

Cell: 084 444 8474

Times: Monday – Friday (5am – 4pm)

 

Guided Walks Adults Duration
Public Walks R40
Night Activities R25
Special Day Walk R30 2 Hours

 

Bluff Nature Reserve

Bluff Nature Reserve is a 45 hectare protected pan and forest in the suburb of The Bluff, Durban, South Africa. The park was proclaimed in 1974, making it Durban’s oldest nature reserve, and is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

The nature reserve has bird watching facilities which overlook the pan. There is a self-guided trail throughout the reserve.

Flora and Fauna

The pan section of the park contains the remnant of a large swamp that once covered the area, while the forest section comprises a small patch of coastal lowland forest.

Birds

The following birds are found in the reserve:

  • Commorants
  • Crakes
  • Spoonbills
  • Warblers

Mammals

The following mammals are found in the reserve:

  • Banded Mongoose
  • Common Rodent Mole
  • Giant Musk Shrew
  • Grey Climbing Mouse
  • Hottentot Golden Mole
  • Multimamate Mouse
  • Slender Mongoose
  • Vervet Monkey

Bluff Nature Reserve Vital Information

Gate opening and closing times
Mon – Sun : 7h00 – 17h00
Office hours: A roving field ranger is on duty during the day. There is no office at Bluff Nature Reserve.

  • Address:  400 Tara Road, Bluff, Durban
  • Telephone number: 031 469 2807
  • Adults: R20, Children: R10, Special Rates for Tours.

Activities
Bird Watching (Hide)
Picnicking
Walking (Self-Guided)

Facilities
Braai Stands
Toilets

(Source: KZN Wildlife)

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