Point Waterfront at a glance
The Durban Point Waterfront is one of the most exciting and significant development projects Durban has seen for decades.
Destined to become one of Durban's most prestigious addresses. The Durban Point Waterfront is already an important, well-defined and exciting addition to the city and a sought after place to live, work and play. The Point Precinct covers the area from Bell Street to the harbour entrance and from the beachfront to Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously known as Point Road). The first development phase included the creation of uShaka Marine World a family entertainment park the fun water park, lots of restaurants and shops and the amazing Sea World.
Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Situated on the east coast of South Africa bordering the warm Indian Ocean, Durban is home to the busiest port in Africa and the third most populated city in South Africa. Durban is a major centre of tourism due to the city's warm subtropical climate and beaches. With an annual average high temperature of 25 degrees Celsius Durban may seem to be a city that has summer all year round. Recently Durban has been host to the A1 Grand Prix where it was the only location on the international circuit to offer a street circuit.
Due to its ideal surf conditions Durban's Beaches are an ideal holiday and tourism destination. These beaches are protected by a series of shark nets and patrolled by lifesavers ensuring the safety of bathers. Durban is accredited with several internationally recognised Blue Flag beaches.
uShaka Marine World
Comprises of 5 sections, uShaka Sea World, uShaka The Phantom Ship, uShaka Wet 'n Wild, uShaka Beach and uShaka Village Walk. It was the first phase of the redevelopment of the Durban Point. This amusement park and oceanarium forms part of a new tourist and lifestyle hub of the city.
Durban hosts a variety of international sporting events including regular international cricket and rugby matches. With construction of the new Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban will become hosts for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and it will also host one of the two semi final matches.
Just north of Durban are two of the finest courses in the country, Durban Country Club and the Beachwood Golf Course with a further 12 top rated courses in close proximity.
The Golden Mile is the name given to a popular stretch of beachfront often referred to as South Africa's Miami Beach. This stretch of beach runs from uShaka Marine World in the south to the Suncoast Casino in the north. The idyllic view of the Indian Ocean from Durban's beachfront is met by five star hotels and luxury apartments.
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment world, situated at the northern end of the Golden Mile, complex houses the casino, many restaurants, beach bar, cinemas and its own private beach. The casino boasts the Sunstruck slots which remains the only million rand jackpot machine in Durban.
The proposed new 140 mooring, off-shore small craft harbour (the marina) has been subject to a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) process over the past few years, the last leg of which has demanded an individual specialist study for submission to the council and the public. The outcome brings to the market one of the most exciting and innovative tourism products yet unveiled in South Africa.
The new off shore Marina will offer a "Monaco and Riviera" lifestyle, embracing a truly unique experience of ultra-luxury seaside residential apartments developed on the harbours edge, alongside a combination of pavement cafe's, theme restaurants, retail shops and a 30 storey, 5 star hotel, which will be constructed as an integral part of the small craft harbour and positioned quite literally "in the ocean".
For more information visit the following websites:
Durban Point Waterfront: www.durbanpoint.co.za
City of Durban: www.durbanexprience.co.za | www.durban.gov.za
Province of KwaZulu Natal: www.kzn.org.za
The Sails on Timeball: www.pwr.co.za