Port Natal Maritime Museum is close to The Riverside Hotel

Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life while also reflecting on the rigours and romance of lives lived at sea.

Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience, with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels.

These exhibits are the steam tug JR More as well as the minesweeper SAS Durban and together with other exhibits like the Ulundi and NCS Challenger offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.

The NCS Challenger is a small 5.8m yacht that was skippered by Anthony Steward in his journey around the world. He started in 1991, travelled 22890 nautical miles, and became the first person to sail around the world in an open boat.

Towering above NCS Challenger is the Ulundi, a coal fired, steam powered tug. It is the oldest surviving pilot tug in South Africa and began her working life in 1927 in Algoa Bay. In 1935 the Ulundi was bought by the South African Railway Administration and placed in service in Durban Harbour. Initially employed as a pilot tug and tow boat, she was later used mainly to transport labourers to various work sites around the harbour. She was retired in 1982 and was moved to her present location on the cradle at the Maritime Museum by floating crane.


The Riverside Hotel Complex

The Riverside Hotel in Durban 4 star AccommodationThe Riverside Hotel is a full service hotel in Durban North that provides accommodation for families with family rooms as well as for the individual on a business trip.Facilities available at the hotel include, a 24 hour reception, currency exchange, Conference facilities at The Riverside Conference Centre, room service, laundry, gym, baby-sitting facilities, shuttle quest , tour’s and much, much more.Riverside Confrence Centre Seating PlanThe Riverside Conference Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel ensuring Durban conference delegates staying at the hotel have easy access to their rooms should they so require.For day delegates there is plenty of secure parking within the hotel grounds and with the hotel being so centrally located it allows for easy access no matter where the delegates are travelling from.Restaurants available at the hotel include The Riverside Cafe and The Hops Sports Bar where there are daily activities and specials.Riverside CafeThe Riverside Café is a restaurant situated inside The Riverside Hotel.This tropical-like restaurant and bar has something to offer everyone and makes for a terrific escape from the normal city life.The Riverside Cafe has a daily Happy Hour and a Sunday plated roast buffet.The Hops Sports Bar at Riverside HotelHops Riverside is the premier venue of choice in Durban. Situated adjacent to the Riverside Hotel.The venue caters for most sporting events on the big screen.The emphasis on the entertainment is to create and sustain a wide variety of events ranging from local bands to comedians dancing classes in Salsa and quiz evenings.Have a make over with Martin Pearman Hair - Creative Salon.Is a progressive hair design and care solutions studio.That provides cutting edge with latest trends and product technologies.We use our knowledge to create the unique style that is right for the unique individual you are.The RIverside Hotel Durban Pool areaThere is no shortage of things to do during your stay at The Riverside Hotel. You can take a stroll along the golden mile visit uShaka Marine World, the enormous Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umgeni Bird Park, play a round at the Windsor Golf Course, or catch a game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it situated within a few minutes travel from The Riverside Hotel. See a full list of activities and attractions close to the hotel.Discover how amazing your stay can be by visiting The Riverside Hotel, we are only 5 minutes away from Durban CBD, 15 Minutes away from Umhlanga central business district and 28 Minutes away from King Shaka International Airport.