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KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

Natal Sharks Board © whiskymac
Natal Sharks Board © whiskymac

For something fun and educational, parents should take their kids to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Located just nine miles (15km) north of Durban, it offers visitors the chance to learn about the marine life found off the coast of Durban's Golden Mile. The Sharks Board maintains the coastlines shark safety gear. It also does research into sharks and runs a public education programme. There are almost daily presentations and shark dissections at the complex. Kids will love visiting the display hall to view the variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays, including that of a 1966-pound (892kg) great white shark. The dissections can be disturbing for sensitive kids but they are fascinating and very educational. Indeed, some odd things have been discovered in the bellies of sharks. Visitors can join boat trips to view shark nets being serviced. On these trips, kids can see and learn about the dolphins, seabirds, and fish life that abound off Durban's coast. Boat trips must be booked in advance. The Sharks Board is near Gateway Mall and the Umhlanga Rocks city centre.

Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga

Website: www.shark.co.za