uShaka Marine World

Coordinates: 29°52′03″S 31°02′45″E / 29.867443°S 31.045915°E / -29.867443; 31.045915
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UShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World entrance
29°52′03″S 31°02′45″E / 29.867443°S 31.045915°E / -29.867443; 31.045915
Date opened30 April 2004[1]
LocationDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Land area16 hectares (40 acres)[2]
No. of animals10,000 (2010)[2]
Total volume of tanks4.6 million US gallons (17,000 m3)
Annual visitors790,433 (2010)[2]

uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare (40-acre) theme park that opened on 30 April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It has a total capacity of 4.6 million gallons containing 10,000 animal species.[3][4]


Snorkel Lagoon

Designed by American firm Creative Kingdom Inc. Shaka Marine World opened on 30 April 2004 after 3 years of development.[1] In 2005, the park was awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in thematic creative design" by the Themed Entertainment Association.[5]

uShaka Wet 'n Wild[edit]

uShaka Wet 'n Wild is a water park inside uShaka Marine World.

uShaka Beach[edit]

uShaka Beach is a beach which has direct access from the amusement park. It has sand beaches and a large pier leading out into the ocean.

uShaka Village Walk[edit]

uShaka Village Walk is designed similar to an African village, and includes restaurants, cafes and numerous shops.

uShaka Dangerous Creatures[edit]

Dangerous Creatures is an adventure for reptile enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies.

Chimp and Zee[edit]

Chimp & Zee has the longest continuous belay system in Africa, and is a rope adventure park.[6]

Financial troubles[edit]

The park was built at a cost of ZAR 700-million and has been subsidized for a total of ZAR 450-million by the eThekwini Municipality. In the 2009–2010 financial year, the park suffered a net loss of ZAR 44.5-million, and a total deficit of ZAR 377.5-million. There were also irregular expenditures (expenditures which did not undergo normal procurement procedures) of ZAR 3.15-million on the park.[7]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Durban Marine Them Park (Pty) Ltd. Trading as uShaka Marine World Annual Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ "The 10 Biggest Aquariums In The World (Ranked By Size)". TheTravel. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  4. ^ "These are The 15 Largest Aquariums in the World". Luxatic. 13 October 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  5. ^ "uShaka Marine World". Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Chimp and Zee".
  7. ^ Tolsi, Niren (4 February 2011). "Durban bleeds municipal funds". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2011.