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Durban Introduction


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Most first-time visitors to South Africa fly in and out of Johannesburg, the City of Gold, and then travel on to Cape Town before leaving the country. The Cape is undeniably beautiful and cosmopolitan, but if you want a true African experience in South Africa, head for Durban, Africa's busiest port and a balmy coastal metropolis in the heart of the legendary Zulu Kingdom.  Click here to see the full Durban travel guide on Travel42 »

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Durban Geography


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Durban is situated on the southeastern seaboard of South Africa, bordered by the Indian Ocean on the east and by the Drakensberg mountains to its west. The city center lies within the wider metropolitan eThekwini municipality, which covers 890 sq mi/2,300 sq km from Umkomaas in the south to Tongaat in the north, moving inland to Cato Ridge in the west.  Click here to see the full Durban travel guide on Travel42 »

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Durban History


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Considerable archaeological evidence suggests that the Durban area was extensively occupied during the first millennium AD. White settlement on Durban's harbor began in the early 1820s when a band of traders, led by Lt. Francis Farewell and James King, made their way by ship from the Cape. Durban was part of the empire of the Zulu King Shaka, who had used his exceptional military talents and diplomacy to weld disparate clans and tribes into a nation in the early 19th century.   Click here to see the full Durban travel guide on Travel42 »

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Durban Sightseeing & Things to Do


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With its sunny climate and Indian Ocean beaches, Durban is foremost a holiday destination. The famous Golden Mile was first developed in the 1970s and now stretches along the length of Or Tambo Parade (formerly Marine Parade). It's lined by a broad, paved promenade that runs just over 3 mi/5 km from South Beach to North Beach. This is backed by high-rise hotels on the land side, and a string of beaches popular with swimmers, sunbathers and surfers on the ocean side. Attractions include paddling pools, gardens and cafes, colorful curio markets and rickshaw drivers, numerous activities at uShaka Marine World, and shops, restaurants and nightlife at Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.  Click here to see the full Durban travel guide on Travel42 »

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Durban Nightlife


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There are plenty of bars and nightclubs scattered around the city. Most of the big hotels, shopping malls and casinos have cocktail bars where the trendy folk hang out. For upmarket nightspots that feature food, live music and dancing, head to Florida Road in Morningside. This tree-lined street is a hive of restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bohemian boutiques, many of which are in restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings.  Click here to see the full Durban travel guide on Travel42 »

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Durban Restaurants & Dining


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In Durban, the cuisine is as diverse as the population. You'll find Portuguese, Moroccan, Greek, French, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican and German eateries, among others. But curries are what this city is best known for, and no visitor should leave without tasting some of the local Indian delights.  Click here to see the full Durban travel guide on Travel42 »

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