Durban, South Africa is many things to many people. It is a prime conference and tourist destination and a vibrant economic growth point on the African continent.
Cosmopolitan Durban, is the hub of the Kwazulu-Natal province’s business and industry. This city of 3.5 million pulses with all the energy of a major port city. The gracious City Hall dominates the center of town and luxury hotels abound on Durban’s beachfront. Plenty of accommodation is available up and down the coast from backpackers and campers to rentals and chain- and boutique hotels.
Durban has near-perfect holiday weather
Durban, South Africa’s Playground, is blessed with balmy weather and plenty of sunshine all year round, making it a perfect holiday paradise (the Indian Ocean temperature hardly ever drops below 18C). So hang out on the beaches and catch a tan or learn to surf. Why not be very adventurous and try some kite boarding?
You don’t have to be rich to have fun in Durban, South Africa
But Durbs isn’t only about sun and sand and surf. There’s lots of other stuff to do. One of the best things about this city is that you can have plenty of fun without spending too much money. The many Nature Reserves only charge a small entry fee and the art galleries and museums are all open to the public at no or little charge. Public parks and gardens like the Botanic Gardens and Mitchell Park on the Berea are great places to visit for no charge. Check out Tourist Junction in the Old Station building near the City Hall for walking tours of the city and also for Township Tours.
If you have a strong stomach, do something one can only do in Durban, watch a shark being dissected at the Natal Sharks Board.
Mahatma Gandhi had a profound influence of the South African liberation movements with his passive resistance philosophy Satyagraha. Visit his home and his printing press at Phoenix settlements in Inanda 30 minutes to the north of the city.
Durban, South Africa – the kick off place to explore KwaZulu-Natal
Durban is a perfect kick -off point for day trips or excursions into KwaZulu-Natal to the Game Parks in the north like Umfolozi, Mkuzi and the St Lucia Wetlands or inland to the Drakensberg for some hiking or the Anglo Boer War Battlefield sites. Kwazulu-Natal is the province that has the big five and the big four – Beach, Bush, Berg and Battlefields.
East meets West in Africa in Durban
Because of the mix of Eastern, Western and African cultures, Durban (eThekwini) is a much laid back city. Go straight from a symphony concert by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra to a Bhangra bash without missing a beat!
Want a holiday or just a break with cool jazz joint’s, hot clubbing, inspired food? Durban has a nightlife that ranges from black tie to shorts and flip flops.
For travelers who are into shopping – from Indian silks and spices to African arts – come to Durban, South Africa.
This city has something for everyone of every age and persuasion. Many people come for a holiday and start looking for property after a few days.
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