Durban is the biggest city located in the Kwazulu-Natal region and the province is the second most populated in South Africa. Durban itself today has a population of more than 4 million people. Durban was founded by merchants who were from the Cape Colony; they were led by a Henry Francis Fynn who was their leader at the time. In the year 1835 the city was named Durban after, Sir Benjamin D’Urban who was the Cape Governor of the time.

Durban is an important manufacturing centre, second only to Johannesburg in South Africa. The city of Durban is a part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and is considered the busiest port in South Africa. Durban’s climate is subtropical and attracts many tourists to its shores all year long. The city has some of the best and most beautiful beaches but also has a lot more to offer.

Durban has hosted many international events and is a world class destination for shopping centres and craft markets. Durban has many activities and entertainment facilities and an abundance of accommodation choices from Lodges to beach front hotels.

Here are some interesting places in Durban:

Moses Mabhiba Stadium

The stadium was used as one of the host venues for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and was named after Moses Mabhiba who was a former General Secretary of the S.A. Communist Party. Today the stadium is used for different sporting, music and other events.

You can also jump onto the SkyCar which will take you up the Stadium arch for spectacular 360° views of the Ocean and city. This is a very popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike.

Durban Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens in Durban is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Africa. The very first garden was planted in 1849 by a Dr Charles Johnston and was located on the edge of the Berea Ridge and alongside the Umgeni River. The gardens display an extensive collection of plant species, including some cycads, ferns and orchids. There are plenty of picnic spots and it is great place for the whole family to visit. The Gardens are also a great place to hold an event and also has space available to hire for weddings and conferences.

Port Natal Maritime Museum

The Museum is in the perfect location with the Durban harbour in the background, offers visitors a glimpse into the history of seafaring. Have fun exploring the decks of three huge vessels which include:

  • Naval SAS Durban minesweeper
  • JR Moore tugboat
  • Ulundi that has a coal fired engine

You can wonder through the engine rooms and living quarters, imagining how the men survived at sea on these vessels.

Big Rush

This is for the adventure and adrenaline seeking visitor who would like to experience something a little different. Try being harnessed and then swinging off the Mabhiba Stadium rooftop, free-falling into the stadium waiting below. Remember when climbing to the top that ‘The Big Rush’ holds the world record for the highest swing.

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