Built in the 1800s, the historic mosque is still active today, not only as a place of worship (the mosque can host up to 6,000 worshippers) but also as a communal center. Visitors can admire the domes and spires from the outside or enter the network of buildings to explore the interior. You can take a guided tour of the mosque or visit on a tour that includes other highlights of the Indian Quarter such as the Victoria Street Market.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The mosque is a must-see for religion and culture enthusiasts.
- Wear respectable clothing—visitors must have their legs covered and remove their shoes.
- The mosque is only open to the public at certain times, plan your trip accordingly.
- Shopping and food stalls can be found surrounding the mosque.
How to Get There
The mosque is located on Dr. Yusuf Dadoo Street (formerly known as Grey Street) in the heart of the Indian Quarter. Centrally located in Durban, you can reach the mosque on foot or by taxi from many downtown accommodations. Alternatively, skip the hassle of navigation and visit on a guided tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
When to Get There
The mosque is open to the public on weekdays from 9am–4pm and Saturday from 9am–1pm. Locals worshipers flock to the mosque midday on Fridays, so expect it to be busy at that time.
The Indian Quarter When visiting the Juma Mosque, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the surrounding Indian Quarter. While browsing the narrow streets, you can experience the culture of a different continent without leaving Durban. Highlights include shopping for souvenirs and spices in the bustling Victoria Street Market and indulging in Bunny Chow (Indian curry in a bread bowl).