The only zoo in Durban, Mitchell Park was initially established as an ostrich farm in 1910. After an unprofitable start, other animals were introduced and it became home to many large animals; most notably an Indian Elephant called Nellie, in 1928. She could blow a mouth organ and crack coconuts with her feet.
Mitchell Park has a whole host of small animals including crocodiles, buck, raccoons, wallabies, monkeys and tortoises Be sure to visit Admiral, an ancient tortoise that first came to the park in 1915. There is a walk-through aviary that allows you to get close-up views of many beautiful bird varieties like cranes, flamingos for you to visit. You can enjoy tea or a meal at the Blue Zoo tea garden, nestled among trees and attractive flowerbeds.