Afrikaans name: Durban
Durban is the third largest city in South Africa with only Johannesburg and Cape Town being bigger. It is the busiest port in South Africa and one of the busiest in Africa. It handles a huge volume of containers and cars.
The climate in Durban is hot and humid in summer and warm in winter, so it is favourable all year round, which helps make it a popular tourist destination. Its beaches are one of its major attractions. The main stretch of beachfront is known as the Golden Mile. Other tourist attractions include uShaka Marine World and the Moses Mabhida Stadium which was built for the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup. Another icon of Durban is the Rickshaws pulled by ornately dressed Zulu pullers.
Although the area on which Durban is now built has been populated by indigenous peoples for thousands of years, it was the arrival of European settlers in 1824 which led to the establishment of the city. The town of “d'Urban” was named in 1835 after the governor of the Cape Colony Sir Benjamin d’Urban. The population is ethnically diverse. The city has strong Zulu, Indian and European influences.
Like most of the people in South Africa, Durban residents are crazy about sports. Durban is home to the Sharks rugby team, Dolphins cricket team and Amazulu and Golden Arrows football teams. The city boasts two large stadiums across the road from eachother to host rugby and football matches.
Some of the places of interest around Durban include:
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