Situated high up on the East Coast, Durban is the sub-tropical beach paradise of South Africa. It is the largest and capital city of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province and the second most important manufacturing hub of South Africa, after Johannesburg. The long enthralling golden beach, overlooked by the city centre, is perhaps the single most diverse place in Africa. The city, including its neighbouring towns is the biggest municipality of the coast of the Indian Ocean on the African continent and consequently offers Luxury Hotels and Boutique Hotel accommodation to meet the needs of each of its visitors.
The province derives its name from ‘Natal’, the name given to the city by Vasco de Gama upon his passing this point on the Christmas of 1497, enroute from Portugal to India.
Although one has the option to partake in the usual sporting activities in Durban such as cricket or rugby, Durban is really all about the beach. It is one of the most surf-friendly cities of the world. It is also home to South Africa’s only surfing museum.
The Drakensberg Mountains, meaning Dragon’s mountains, may be found at the boarder of KwaZulu natal…
After all the surfing and sunbathing, the residents of Durban enjoy their nightlife. There are plenty of bars, clubs and pubs scattered around various parts of the city. If a mellow ambiance is what one is looking for, the Zulu Jazz Lounge is where it’s at. The origin is the most happening dance club, while Burn is for the rock and metal aficionados.
Durban has a diverse culture, featuring Western, African and Eastern influences. If a cultural encounter is what you are looking for, then look no further than the Port Natal Maritime Museum, Warrior’s gate museum, the Saint Thomas Church or perhaps the Juma Mosque. (talk about the culture, dress and houses the used to live in or re-direct them to the South Africa page where I should talk about all 11 cultural groups)
The Zulu Kingdom, was a monarchy that extended along the coast of the Indian Ocean, from the Tugela to the Pongola Rivers. This empire grew and dominated most of what we know as KwaZulu Natal today. Their leader, Shaka Zulu, is known and remembered for how he faced the British Empire during the Anglo – Zulu War of 1870. Although the Zulu nation was defeated to subsequently become a part of the Natal colony, their early victory during this battle is the pride of this nation.