Durban City Guide

2010-05-07 14:05
Durban, situated in the tropical province of KwaZulu-Natal, is the third largest city in South Africa and famous for being the busiest port in Africa. With outstanding beaches, a long history, and vibrant culture, it is thought that the first known inhabitants of the Durban area arrived from the north around 100,000 BC, according to carbon dating of rock art found in caves in the Drakensberg.

The Golden Mile, developed as a welcoming tourist destination in the 1970s, as well as Durban at large, provides ample tourist attractions, particularly for people on holiday from Johannesburg. It lost its international holiday pre-eminence to Cape Town in the 1990s, but remains more popular among domestic tourists. The city is also a gateway to the national parks and historic sites of Zululand and the Drakensberg. Durban is one of the few venues likely to be warm during the tournament!

The City is also home to excellent soccer clubs, including AmaZulu, Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United, Durban Stars, Nathi Lions and Thanda Royal Zulu. Amongst its most famous soccer sons, are ex-Liverpool ‘keeper Bruce Grobbelaar, as well as Sibusiso Zuma, Siyabonga Nomvete and Delron Buckley.

Durban’s Soccer World Cup Stadium
The newly-built Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ground epitomises the architectural innovation on display in South Africa and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of this sport-loving nation.

For full information on Moses Mabhida Stadium click [here]

Top things to do in Durban
* Visit uShaka Marine World
* Spend time on the beach – the weather in Durban is still conducive to beach walks, even in winter!
* Visit the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga for a great experience
* Play golf at one of the magnificent local courses like Durban Golf Club or Mount Edgecombe.
* Experience the nightlife near the boardwalk
* Take a Rickshaw ride on the sea front

Getting around
The People Mover Bus & Inner City Distribution System will provide a safe, reliable and convenient mode of public transport to move people easily around the inner city and beachfront areas in air-conditioned comfort. These buses have also been equipped with disabled and pram access and CCTV cameras.

The attractive, brightly- coloured buses travel through the city every 15 minutes and are a popular, fun way to travel around the city or along the beachfront. One will also be able to get around Durban by metered and minibus taxis.

There are extensive travel details for World Cup and other visitors [here]

Useful links for more information:
GoTravel24's comprehensive guide for getting to and staying in Durban

Durban's spectacular coastline - the weather in the city is expected to be the warmest during the World Cup.

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