Sprawled along the coast, Durban in South Africa is overlooked to the south by hills separating the landlocked bay from the sea and stretches across the Umgeni River to the heights of Durban North; a ridge of hills encircling the harbour and beach. There are several beaches, museums and markets that share cultural and sporting events in Durban.
In Durban you can get up close and personal and tour into the heart of Durban’s majestic Moses Mabhida Stadium which dominates the Durban skyline from afar. You can explore the state-of-the-art change-rooms where sporting heroes grouped and walked through the tunnels. When on the pitch, you can imagine thousands of roaring fans around you!
The Victoria Street Market is an indoor bazaar that remains a hub of activity throughout the year. It offers everything from Indian spices and incenses, to fresh fruits and vegetables, fabrics, ceramics, and arts and crafts. When you enter the building, you’re immediately hit with an assortment of curry and incense smells wafting through the air. Vendors call out for you to ‘come in, and have a look’. The Victoria Street Market is also popular due to its collection of souvenirs, jewellery, fabrics, and crafts.
The world class uShaka Marine World is a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. uShaka Marine World is like no other place in Africa, it is safe, secure, clean and resonates the sound of fun, laughter and togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime activities of uShaka Sea World, uSkaka Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the uShaka Village Walk.
Kwa Muhle Museum immediately catches your eye with its elegant arch lined veranda and large sturdy copper covered entrance doors. A visit to Kwa Muhle Museum is a discovery of what life was like in and around Durban during and leading up to the apartheid era. You can ponder over the exhibits which include photographic prints of township life, and reflect on the contributions of the ordinary people who helped build one of Africa’s leading cities.
The Durban City Hall hosts is a Public Library, the Natural Science Museum and the Durban Art Gallery. The exterior of the hall has sculptures representing the arts, music, literature, commerce and industry. Surrounding the Durban City Hall is historical landmarks such as The Playhouse, Durban Post Office which was the original Durban City Hall, the old Durban Railway Station, Medwood Gardens and St Paul’s Church.
Durban is the largest city of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa located on the Indian Ocean. In 1824 the land was ceded to European settlers by Zulu King Shaka. Durban was founded in 1835 and was named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, the governor of the Cape Colony. In the late 1830s and early ’40s the Boers clashed with the British over control of Durban which then became a town in 1854 and was created a city in 1935.