Wilson’s Wharf


This once-hip waterside development is now a little tired, but it’s the best place to get a view of Durban’s harbour and its activities. The harbour is the busiest in Southern Africa (and the ninth busiest in the world). The wharf has a clutch of eateries, boat-charter outfits, shops and a theatre. By car, enter opposite Hermitage St.

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1. Sugar Terminal

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2. Vasco da Gama Clock

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3. Madressa Arcade

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4. Emmanuel Cathedral

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Built in 1903; parts of the old St Joseph's church (1852) were incorporated into the building.

5. Juma Mosque

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The largest mosque in the southern hemisphere; call ahead for a guided tour.

6. Dick King Statue

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A statue commemorating Dick King (Richard Philip King), who brought reinforcements during the 1842 siege of Durban.

7. Francis Farewell Square

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8. Art Gallery

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