The city of Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. Because of its warm weather and amazing beaches, it is one of the country’s tourism hubs.
In May 2015, Durban joined cities such as Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut and Kuala Lumpur as one of the world’s New7Wonders Cities. This makes it the only representative from the African continent. A “Wonder City” is described as a city that has rapid urbanisation, diversity, and innovation in the way it responds to city development.
Another accolade the city boasts is that the Durban International Convention Centre has been recognised as the leading conference centre in Africa.
Durban has benefited from infrastructure upgrades that were implemented before the 2010 FIFA World Cup: King Shaka International Airport opened in May 2010 and is the main airport serving Durban; and the Moses Mabhida Stadium has become an iconic landmark for the city, owing to its incredible architecture.
The redevelopment of the beachfront has expanded the picturesque seafront, which includes uShaka Marine World, one of the largest aquariums in the world.
For visitors and locals looking for things to do in Durban, there is a lot on offer, from wild adventures to family activities. Try mountain biking, diving, deep-sea fishing, golf, hiking and visits to cultural villages. Durban also offers opportunities for historical battlefield tours and game viewing outside the city.
Visit one of the city’s many parks and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The Durban Botanic Gardens are a must-see, and are the oldest surviving botanical gardens on the African continent.
Durban’s diverse cultural influences have given a variety of flavour to its food offerings, which visitors should definitely indulge in. There are plenty of restaurants with a wide selection of cuisines, from rich, homely food, to fine dining, to irresistible curries.
Durbanites’ warm hospitality, the city’s cultural diversity and the fun lifestyle all enhance Durban’s status as a world-class city.
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