Da Gama Clock

Da Gama Clock

The Da Gama Clock, which stands on the corner of Aliwal Street and Victoria embankment in Durban, was donated by the Portuguese government to commemorate the discovery of Durban by the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gamma on 25 December 1498. The clock marks the 400th anniversary of Vasco Da Gama's arrival off Port Natal, and was initially installed in Point Road (Mahatma Ghandi Dr) in 1897. The Portuguese government donated the popular Durban landmark to the city as a symbolism of the naming of Natal. The name Natal is derived from a Portuguese word which means Christmas - the day the ship discovered the port.

The stone plaque which stands nearby, was officially unveiled in 1969 by the Portuguese ambassador to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Da Gama's birth. The Da Gama Clock was made by Walter Macfarlane & Co. at their Saracen Foundry in Glasgow. Macfarlane's was once considered the most important manufacturer of ornamental ironwork in Scotland. The Da Gama Clock resembles a small wedding chapel skilfully crafted with much intricate detail, and features a stone statue of the biblical character Samson in the centre. The Da Gama Clock establishes the connection of the city of Durban with Portuguese culture and tradition.

Accommodation Near Da Gama Clock

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Riviera Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.9km West of Da Gama Clock

The Riviera Hotel is a modern attractively decorated low budget tourist hotel offering excellent value and friendly efficient service.

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Sleeps: 15 in 3 units/rooms

Penney Private Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.0km North East of Da Gama Clock

Penney Holiday Flats, budget accommodation, only 1 minute's walk to Durban's main beach area, making it ideal accommodation for holiday makers looking for sun, sea and sand.

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Sleeps: 8

61 Marlborough Holiday Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.0km North East of Da Gama Clock

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 6 sleeper Kitchen lounge Dining Room and Huge Balcony sea facing self catering penthouse apartment on marine parade Durban

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

Ocean View Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.0km North East of Da Gama Clock

This open plan beach apartment is newly renovated. Located on the second floor of a front row small complex, it offers the perfect beach spot for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Although ideal for just 2 guests, it can accommodate up to

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Sleeps: 468 in 134 units/rooms

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.0km North East of Da Gama Clock

Tropicana's versatile accommodation options cater for all. Enjoy a fun-filled family break, travel with a loved one or simply enjoy a private escape in one of our single rooms.

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Sleeps: 240 in 60 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel & Self Catering

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.1km North East of Da Gama Clock

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep. Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.

Sleeps: 79 in 17 units/rooms

Valley View Holiday Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km East of Da Gama Clock

Whether you are planning a holiday or traveling on business you will enjoy the relaxed and clean atmosphere of Valley View Apartments in Durban. The apartments are located one block up from popular Addington Beach. This relaxed self catering ...

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The Palace

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North of Da Gama Clock

The Palace holds pride of place on Durban's Golden Mile, just half an hour from King Shaka International Airport. Here, luxury high-rise suites feature views over the Indian Ocean shoreline, and offer easy access to all of the action of Durban, one of Afr

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Sleeps: 4

Durban Beachfront Windermere Penthouse Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.3km North of Da Gama Clock

Durban Beachfront (N Beach) 4person Penthouse Self Catering Holiday Flat on Marine Parade. Full views of beachfront and north side of city.

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207 Tenbury

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.3km East of Da Gama Clock

Tenbury is a very upmarket apartment situated on the frontline of Durban's Golden promenade. It has stunning views of the ocean and facilities located on the beachfront.

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