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Durban, South Africa

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Durban Overview

Durban is a city with many unique qualities. This metropolitan South African city is filled with friendly people who will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Another feature of Durban is its delightful sub-tropical climate, offering warm summers and mild dry winters – perfect for visitors all year round.

European fashion designers have left their mark in Durban, and since South Africans love to shop here, you’ll find everything from haute couture, to unique traditional designs, to quality safari wear. You’ll find large shopping centers, colorful outdoor markets and specialty shops, where you’ll find the work of talented South African craftspeople. Visitors will enjoy the Durban made beadwork, pottery, embroidery and colorful textiles. And don’t forget to savor the wines of the region, some of which have become worldly recognized for their body and distinct flavor.

It’s been said that the region known as Durban today was first populated over 100,000 years ago, and was discovered eventually by Vasco de Gama, the Portuguese explorer. The city of Durban was established by the British in 1824, who introduced the sugar cane industry. People from India were then brought in to work the fields, and thus the city became a multi-cultural centre with a large Asian community.

Durban is currently the 3rd most populated city in South Africa and the busiest port in the continent. Its beautiful beaches attract tourists from around the world who come to enjoy the warm sunshine and great surfing opportunities.

Durban however, is not just beautiful beaches and great shopping. It’s a very interesting destination with much to see and do, which is why was chosen to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It’s important to note that soccer is not the only sport of Durban; you can also enjoy rugby and cricket tournaments.

Durban visitors will enjoy the fact that its well organized transportation system makes it easy to get around; here, you can travel by taxi, minivan, train or bus. You may even enjoy a traditional rickshaw, a treat in and of itself. You’ll recognize its drivers by the colorful costumes and hats they wear; it’s a fun way to navigate the streets.

And some of the best Durban attractions include important sites like the Golden Mile, a long beachfront promenade, with attractions and markets. Golden Mile is also a favorite of locals for picnicking and fishing. Durban’s business district gained popularity with the creation of uShaka Marine World, an enormous aquarium, holding the largest shark tank in the world. Another site that improved visibility for the business section of Durban is the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, among the largest malls in the southern hemisphere; it’s not just an amazing place for shoppers - it’s an attraction in itself.

Durban is a destination like no others, a must for those who love the good life.
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