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The BAT Centre

BAT Centre Restaurant © BAT Centre
BAT Centre Restaurant © BAT Centre

The BAT Centre is a haven for artists and musicians. Located on the Victoria Embankment beside the Durban harbour, its name is an acronym for Bartle Arts Trust, the organisation that helped found the centre. BATs features a studio where traditional artists can work; a hall that hosts concerts, conventions and festivals; exhibition galleries; a music store and drum shop where handcrafted wooden drums are made; and a restaurant serving authentic African dishes from all over the continent. There are stunning views of the harbour from the restaurant deck, which hosts live jazz music on Sundays. Nearby is the Maritime Museum, which details the history of the harbour and houses a restored tugboat and other interesting exhibits. The area is well worth a visit for tourists and is popular with locals too. The BAT Centre is close to bus and taxi routes, and the area should be safe to stroll around during the day. Travellers visiting at night should take a taxi or drive.

Travellers should check what exhibitions and live shows are on before visiting the BAT Centre, as things can be rather sporadic.

Address: SAS Inkonkoni Building, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Victoria Embankment

Website: www.batcentre.co.za