Durban City Hall Whales breaching off the coast A pristine river in the Drakensberg A fisherman plys his trade
Divers launching off Durban


Durban, a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, is built around the busiest port in Africa and is the gateway to the natural wonders of Kwazulu Natal. Durban is a unique cultural mix of the colonial European, Indian, and Zulu communities, and this is reflected in the architecture, fashions, sights and sounds of the city.

Aerial of Durban's coastline

There is no shortage of leisure activities and facilities on offer. Take a Rickshaw ride, drawn by a brightly dressed beaded Zulu. Spend a day at the uShaka Marine World or visit Wilson's Wharf on the Victoria Embankment.

Witness the daily demonstrations at Fitzsimons Snake Park on the Snell Parade. Here mainly South African snakes are milked for their venom making it one of the major producers of snake-bite serum in South Africa.

Cross the road and stroll through the Amphitheatre with its sunken gardens filled with subtropical flowers, pools and fountains. Sail, swim, dive, or laze on the sun-drenched beaches. Dine at one of the fine dining establishments and enjoy the entertainment and shopping on offer in scenic surroundings.

With a dearth of modern shopping malls you can shop till you drop. Browse through the local markets and beachfront stalls which sell and array of traditional African arts and crafts, or enjoy the excellent entertainment on offer at the city's theatres and clubs.

If it’s peace and tranquility you desire then visit the local nature reserves or stroll around the Botanical Gardens. For something different ask the Botanical Gardens about their 'Music by the Lake' evenings, where you can enjoy an evening under the stars listening to glorious music played by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra - in the scenic surrounds of the gardens.

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