Religious landmarks

Juma Masjid Mosque

Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street, Durban

The magnificent Juma Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque in the Southern hemisphere, dominates Durban's central Indian district. It's gilt-domed minarets tower over the bustling commercial area, but inside the marbled worship hall is peaceful and boasts a simple elegance.

Telephone: +27 31 304-1518

Emmanuel Cathedral

Cathedral Road, Durban

Tucked beneath the N3 flyover, in the triangle formed between Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street and Denis Hurley Street, Emmanuel Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop and mother church of the Archdiocese in Durban. The new Denis Hurley Centre, honouring the anti-apartheid former Archbishop, has been designed by Rubin Reddy Architects and is currently under construction.

Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding

Chatsworth, Durban

The largest Hare Krishna temple in the Southern Hemisphere, the temple is well-known for its lavish architecture and decor, and equally popular for its excellent on-site vegetarian restaurant.

Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam temple complex

Cato Manor, Durban

The original building is the first recorded public Hindu temple to have been erected on the African continent. Built in 1875, it was damaged beyond repair during the flood of 1905 and replaced by the present temple, designed by K Reddy and built by RK Pillay. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 22 February 1980.

Shembe Tradition

Inanda Township and throughout Durban

In January every year, many thousands of Shembe followers dressed in traditional white garments walk more than 30km from Ekuphakameni to their sacred mountain called Nhlangakazi. With constant singing and dancing en route, this moving pilgrimage attracts large numbers of tourists.

In October, tens of thousands of Shembe also gather at Judea Village near Eshowe, north-west of Durban.

Inanda Community Tourism: +27 31 519 2555