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Durban is the second largest and most cosmopolitan city of South Africa. A large Zulu population and the influx of Indians mixed with the white and colored population make Durban the most colorful city in the country. Its colonial history only goes back to 1824 yet it has an importance today for industry, commerce and tourism.
The city is the playground of South Africa with many locals flocking to the beaches during the summer vacation of December and January and offers great beaches in Durban as well as along the unspoiled coast line. The Indian Ocean ensures that you will find great weather and warm climate throughout the year.
I would also say it is the garden city of the country. The subtropical climate offers green lush parks with many exotic and indigenous flowers year around.
Must sees in Durban include the Indian Market, the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere right next door, the Botanical Garden, the Port of Durban, which is the largest on the continent, the new uShaka Waterfront and the historical town center.
Just north of Durban is the town of Umhlanga Rocks, here you find the Natal Sharks Board a unique institution that serves the world with research of sharks.
With the colorful mixture of people the cuisine of this city is also very varied and Durban is known for its good curries and great seafood.
Durban also serves as a gateway to Zululand and the oldest game reserves in Africa, to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, the Battlefields, the various traditional Zulu villages and the Hibiscus Coast to the South.

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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    Lovely virtual tour of Durbs, Mike! I will certainly look forward to 'road testing' some of your tips next time I have an hour or two to kill! Regards Cathy

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Soccer really is the kicker down that way. YOu have done a very nice job of describing the sites with the pictures and comments to enhance the reader imaginations.

  • pollon's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Not prolix at all but with lots of infos, really a great page, I did really enjoy it!!!!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Outstanding page of Durban. Well written tips of your hometown.

  • Jun 24, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    I have lived in 8 countries around the world, currently in Australia 26years and have never heard about robbing people in daylight. You must have a very strong emotional attachment to SA if you think it is as safe as anything in the world.

  • michellewalker's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2006 at 6:15 AM

    Hi Mike. I need some recommendations on hotels which are close to Rugby grounds ( pref walking distance) Please advise

  • Aug 1, 2006 at 12:01 AM

    This hotel doesnt have a pool, they show a picture of it on their website but when you get there you soon realise it is a public pool they are showing you which is across the street.

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 2:03 PM

    very informative page with some beautiful pics!

  • SarahEire's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 10:02 AM

    Great Pages

  • spanishguy's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 12:31 AM

    Awesome page Mike! I never suspected Durban could be such an interesting city!

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