Durban is South Africa’s third largest city located in KwaZulu Natal province in eThekwini municipality. The city well reputed as being the busiest African port and it is home to almost 4 million people. Originally, Durban was known as Port Natal and British settlers founded the city when they occupied South Africa’s eastern coast. The most used languages are English and Zulu. Travelers are served by Durban International Airport and The King Shaka International Airport. The best way to tour Durban is by car and you can rest one from the various car rental companies in the city.
An interesting site to see is the Durban Botanical Garden which is mostly used for holding cultural weddings. Berea is a long ridge which overlooks the city center, beaches and the harbor. You will also find an art gallery in City Hall as well as a science museum and public library. Beaches situated near downtown have been nicknamed as The Golden Mile and stretch along Indian Ocean. The beaches are an excellent destination for surfing and are home to beautiful sandy beaches and occasional heart attacks. This place is highly crowded especially during the Christmas season due to its play pools, playgrounds, restaurants, bars and hotels.
The Crocodile Creek houses more than 7000 Nile Crocodiles, snakes, Caiman, Alligators and many other reptiles. This farm also includes hill trails, bush, river plains, thatched buildings and a waterfall. It is the most awesome place in Durban to visit and get refreshed and buy some curios, croc s and crocodile leather items. The Mahatma Gandhi Settlement houses the printing press and home of Mahatma Gadhi and is a place that you must not miss during your Durbin vacation. Other places to visit are Durban North Japanese Gardens and KwaZulu Natal National Parks.
There is a Buddhist Centre at Durban where tourists go for meditation classes and relaxation meditations to enhance their inner peace. Water sports are also a great way to spend your time in Durban such as swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing and canoeing. The Calypso Dive and Adventure Center gives courses on diving to caves, offshore reefs and caves. For gambling enthusiasts, Suncoast Casino and Sibaya Casino are great places to visit. You can offer voluntary services at Glenhome trail for the disabled and blind persons.
Durban has dozens of amazing nature parks that are must visit but you also need to be cautious about natural hazards present at the parks especially isolated ones like criminals and snakes. The Greyville Race Course is well known for horse racing while Surf artificial Waves in Durban is reputed as the largest Shopping Centre in southern hemisphere.
Other areas of touristic interest are such as Shark Institute, Historical compensation sugar mill and Zimbali Golf Estate. Durban is also known for its many festivals held throughout the year like Poetry Africa, Time of the Writer, Durban International Film Festival, Jomba Contemporary Dance Festival and Awesome Africa. Durban July features a month of a premier horse racing event in the city that attracts dozens of both local and international celebrities.