Discover all about the amazing City of Durban in South Africa
The stunning city of Durban on the eastern seaboard
of South Africa is a thriving bustling metropolis, full of promise and energy. The locals, who
affectionately refer to themselves as "Durbanites", are friendly, helpful and welcoming and will go
out of their way to make you feel at home.
With its cultural smorgasbord, vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, amazing architecture and
diverse collection of interesting things to see and do, this is a magnificent city in which you
could never be bored.
Now what more could you possibly ask for from a holiday destination.
Durban, South Africa's third largest city, is a majestic coastal jewel situated on the Eastern
seaboard of Southern Africa, where you will find a rich diversity of culture and entertainment,
with something to suit everybody.
Originally named after Sir Benjamin D'Urban, a former governor of the Cape colony, it was
renamed "eThekwini" as part of the post-apartheid reforms. The name comes from the Zulu word itheku
which means "bay or lagoon".
The rich cultural heritage found here stems from a colonial history of foreign settlers and wars
over the land between the British, the Boers and the Zulus. This is one of the reasons for Durban
being South Africa's most ethnically diverse and multicultural city, with an eclectic mix of
beliefs and traditions. This city really captures the essence of Nelson Mandela's "rainbow nation".
Of the city's 3,486,086 inhabitants, the Zulu's form the largest ethnic group. Another reason for
the city's ethnical diversity is the largest population of Indians outside of India, residing here.
This strong Indian presence is what makes it the place to go for some of the finest curries you
will ever taste. The Caucasian population is mostly of British descent, with the smallest group
being the colored population.
Durban boasts the largest and busiest harbor in South Africa and is the gateway to Southern
Africa's import/export trade. The newly developed King Shaka International Airport sees tourists
flocking here all year round, with the main draw card being its warm tropical climate and year long
beach culture. Golden sands meeting the warm Indian Ocean makes this a tropical paradise and the
ideal outdoor playground for everyone.
The emergence of a plethora of world class tourist attractions and highlights, Ushaka Marine
World, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, and the redevelopment of the famous
Golden Mile, to name but a few, has made this a highly sought after tourist destination. It has
also risen up the ranks as a world class sporting venue, with international rugby, cricket, hockey
and soccer teams regularly visiting the city for sporting events.
Next to a number of sites of historical importance, like the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and
Anglo-Boer wars that are visited by people from all over the world, there are also two World
Heritage Sites found not far away from this wonderful city.
They are the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park and the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, both being a
source of great pride. While the city is a tourists dream, it is only when you explore beyond the
city limits that you discover the true treasures this area has to offer.
As you venture towards the sea, you encounter the vast coastal paradise of picturesque beaches
that is the Dolphin Coast, many still surrounded by natural vegetation, giving a truly rustic,
Move further inland to discover expansive Nature Reserves filled with African
wildlife and unspoiled wilderness. The Valley of a Thousand Hills consists of an abundance of indigenous and exotic flora that
paint the landscape in bright, bold and beautiful colours.
In this video clip you are taken on a guided tour of the city of Durban, visiting some great
attractions such as uShaka, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Victoria Street Market and
Glorious sunshine, warm water, great waves and lots of fun, an impression of Durban's awesome
beaches in the video clip below.
With all that Durban has to offer, it's little wonder that in 2010 it was rated as a Gamma Class
World City by the Globalization and World Rankings Resaerch Institute which is is considered the
leading institute ranking world cities.
Last but not least, Durban has a well-developed IT and mobile communications infrastructure
with all the modern social media conveniences one would expect to find in first world countries.