The current Victoria Street Market dates from the eighties and is a replacement of the original Indian Market which dated from approximately 1910 and was destroyed by fire in 1973. The two-storey building features Indian minarets and offers underground parking. The market has more than 170 stalls which offer a range of African and Oriental products with a strong emphasis on Indian spices and incense.
The ground floor is dedicated to a fish and seafood market and also offers fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and spices. The top floor offers more conventional shopping for souvenirs, crafts, jewelry and fabrics. Opening hours are daily from 08h00 to 17h00, except on Sundays when it is from 10h00 to 15h00. The Warwick Junction Market is nearby and focuses primarily on traditional African herbs and medicinal compounds (muthi).
Port of Durban
Although the first recorded landings at Durban Bay date from 1824, ti was only at about 1840 that the first harbourmaster was appointed. Since then Durban Harbour has developed into the busiest port on the African continent and also one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The distance around the Port from one side to the other is 21km and 57 berths are provided in addition to those for repairs and fishing vessels. It is operated by the National Ports Authority (NPA).
Approximately a third of all ships calling at South African ports are routed via Durban Port and facilities include numerous cargo terminals as well as a passenger terminal. Cruises from Cape Town to Durban and beyond are mostly operational from November to May. There are also three yachting marinas and recreational options include fishing and para-sailing.
Bluff Nature Reserve
This 45 ha reserve was proclaimed in 1974 and consists of a wetland with two hides for birdwatching. Small mammals can also be observed and there is a self-guided trail and car park as well as toilet facilities. Opening hours are daily from 07h00 to 17h00 and, although there is no Wildlife Office, a field ranger is available and a list of birds can be obtained.
Nelson Mandela National Museum
Opened in February 2000, the museum is considered to be "one of South Africa's most significant heritage institutions" and displays, amongst other things, "an international selection of diverse gifts" presented to Mandela during his presidency. The museum is also the starting point for a tour which includes a visit to the birthplace and childhood home of Nelson Mandela at Mvezo and Qunu respectively.
Located in a renovated 19th century building, Aubergine offers a "Degustation Menu" which features the most popular menu selections as well as the "Cinq-A-Sept" menu which is served Monday-Saturday between 17h00 and 19h00. Seating options include the garden terrace (40 covers) and two interior areas (75 covers).
The cuisine is a blend of French and Asian dishes and the restaurant can be booked for functions and corporate events. Lunch is served from 12h00 to 14h00 on Wednesday to Friday and the restaurant is open for dinner daily (except Sundays) from 19h00 to 22h30. Bookings are required and major credit cards are accepted.
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