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Afrikaans name: Durban

Looking towards the north along Durban's beautiful beachfront with the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the distance


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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.

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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:

Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

Ansteys Beach

Bluff Nature Reserve, Durban

Brighton Beach

Durban Botanical Gardens

Japanese Gardens, Durban

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Mitchell Park

New Germany Nature Reserve

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

Pigeon Valley, Durban

Shongweni Dam

Part of the Durban city centre as seen from Wilson's Wharf

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Above - A view of Durban taken from Wilson's Wharf and looking across the edge of the harbour. These building line the Durban esplanade heading towards the main beach front.

The Ricksha Bus is a great way to see Durban

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Above - The Ricksha Bus is an ideal way of seeing the Durban beachfront, city centre and neighbouring areas. As you drive slowly past a number of Durban's attractions a knowledgable guide provides interesting information. I recommend the bus for tourists and residents of Durban alike.

Durban's famous football stadium constructed for the 2010 World Cup

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Above - Looking out across the railway lines to Durban's well known football stadium that was constructed for the 2010 World Cup. The stadium is named the Moses Mabhida Stadium after a former General Secretary of the South Africa Communist Party. Mabhida passed away from a stroke in Mozambique in March 1986.

The Queen Mary II in Durban harbour

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Above - Many famous ships have stopped in Durban. Here is the beautiful Queen Mary II. Below - The lights of the apartment blocks along Durban's Esplanade.

Durban's Esplanade

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The wrecked ship dominates the landscape at Ushaka Marine World

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Above and below - Ushaka Marine World is one of Durban's top attractions. It features a water theme park with many slides and pools as well as a world-class aquarium. It is extremely popular, especially in the hot Durban summer, so get down there early! Ushaka Marine World

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