Durban, South Africa
ZipTipz Durban Travel Guide

Known as SA's 'most African City' with the post-Apartheid influx into Durban. The population is now a 'cultural curry', with miles of rolling, golden sand making it a magnet for surfers.

District Guide

As with most cities, Durban has developed around the geographic features of the area. Durban is bounded in the south by the Bluff, a range of green clad hills separating the sea from Durban Bay, and stretches northwards beyond the Umgeni River to the highland of Durban Nort...

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Historical Background

The KwaZulu-Natal region has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Remnants of Rock Art are readily found in caves throughout the Drakensberg Mountain range, where the Khoi-San people lived as hunter-gatherers for thousands of years. These same people were still living in the Natal Midlands when...

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Where To Stay

Durban is often described as the liveliest and most 'African' city in South Africa. The central streets are alive with the general hubbub of people, and the remnants of colonial charm and beach-living can be totally overwhelming. Don't choose central Durban for a quiet, restful holida...

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Dining and Drinking

Culturally, Durban is a stew of different influences, which is reflected in the cuisine to be found here. A large factor in the culinary make-up of this city is its position on the coast and Indian Ocean, hence Durban is best known for its Indian curries and for fresh seafoo...

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Durban is no London when it comes to the entertainment scene. It has only a smattering of theatres and concert venues, and great nightlife should not be high on your list of expectations when visiting this city. Not to be too harsh, with a little exploration it is possible to find some...

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Recommended Tours

This day trip into the majestic Valley of 1,000 Hills follows part of the arduous course run by participants in the annual Comrades Marathon.

Taking the M7 from Durban you soon pass through the elite residential area of Kloof. Kloof is situated on the edge of a deep gorge between high cliffs...

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Durban is the second most populous city in South Africa, forming part of the eThekwini metropolitan municipality. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. Durban is famous as the busiest port in South Africa and a centre of tourism due to the city's warm climate and beaches. Durban is one of the most popular South African destinations for international tourists.

Durban started as a small British settlement, but grew around its sugar cane plantations. A large number of Indians were brought to work on the plantations. Durban still has a large population of Indian descent, giving the city a unique character. The city developed its tourism facilities, particularly during the 1970s which saw a skyscraper construction boom along the beach front. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the region saw violent fighting between supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party and the African National Congress. Today, Durban remains a major tourism centre.

According to the 2001 Census, the city has a population of 3.2 million. Durban's land area of 2,292 km² is comparatively larger than other South African cities, resulting in a comparatively lower population density of 1,460/km².

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