KwaZulu Natal has at least 15 new major developments in the pipeline to boost tourism in the region, according to Tourism Updates, which will carry development costs of up to R39 billion.
Accounting for the biggest portion of this total (as much as R35 billion) is the Durban Point precinct development, which aims to completely transform Durban’s prime beachfront property into a massive mixed-use waterfront.
The final build will include hotels, residential apartments, office parks and retail developments – and will also see a new cruise ship terminal (valued at R215 million) constructed nearby.
The project his already underway, through a R300 million promenade development, though the precinct is only expected to be completed after 2022.
Among the list of developments highlighted by Tourism Updates, sourced from the recent World Travel Market Africa trade show, are a large number of resorts, hotels and lodges that are expected to be built in around KZN’s tourist hotspots.
One of the stand-out projects, however, is the so-called “Durban Eye”, which is a planned R375 million Ferris wheel, which will mimic similar ‘observation’ wheels found around the world – such as the London Eye.
According to Tourism Updates, the Durban Eye will consist of 27 fully enclosed air-conditioned cabins that each hold 16 passengers, and will take passengers 78 metres above the ground on a 15- to 20-minute four-revolution ride.
While information is scarce, various sites have reportedly been identified including the Durban Point precinct, uShaka Marine, and Moses Mabhida, among others.
Below are a list of planned projects and their development costs, as reported by Tourism Updates.
Shakaland refurbishment (Eshowe) – R10 million
Bhangazi lodge (Bhangazi site) – R35 million
Thokazi Royal Lodge refurbishment (Nongoma) – R85 million
Umfolozi Big 5 lodges (Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park) – R86 million
St Lucia Hotel (St Lucia) – R88 million
KwaMbonambi Hotel (KwaMbonambi) – R120 million
Durban Cruise Terminal – R215 million
Sovereign Sands Beach Resort (North Coast) – R218 million
Nonoti Beach Resort (Stanger/KwaDukuza) – R350 million
Blythedale Coastal Resort – R350 million
Port Durnford resort – R350 million
Durban Eye – R375 million
Woodstock Dam resort and water park (Drakensberg) – R576 million
Tinley Manor Resort (Tinley Manor) – R1.2 billion
Durban Point – R35 billion