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[Africa Travel] South Africa: Durban

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Durban is South Africa’s third largest city. It is the second largest metropolitan area after Johannesburg, and is a city that plays a central role in the economy and is also known as a resort area. Durban is very famous for the port of Natal and is known as the largest port in Africa. Durban is a city visited by people who engage in marine sports such as yachting and surfing, and is bustling all year round. Durban is also the venue for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

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Location

Durban is a city located in the southern part of South Africa.

History

Durban was an unknown land until the Middle Ages. Vasco da Gama discovered this place in 1497, and the reclamation began. In modern times, the number of settlements from England increased and the development of the port began. The town was known as Port Natal at the time, but was renamed Durban in 1835. After that, with the opening of the railway, it developed rapidly and became a major city in South Africa.

Climate

Durban belongs to the tropical climate. Summers are very hot and can reach up to 40 ° C. Temperatures range from 10 ° C to 30 ° C throughout the year.

Language

There are 11 official languages in South Africa. Among them, English is overwhelmingly used. Others use the language of the indigenous people.

Security

Durban is becoming less secure in the center of the city. Be careful as the number of robbers and burglars on the street is increasing. The suburbs are relatively safe. Try to avoid walking alone day or night.

industry

Durban has developed rapidly as a port city since modern times, and trade is very active. In recent years, the chemical industry and the machine industry have become popular.

religion

In South Africa, 85% are Christians. Others are Muslims, non-religious, etc.

currency

South African rand is used in South Africa.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Ushaka Marine World

The best aquarium in South Africa. There are dolphin shows and sea lion shows, which are very popular. There is also a shark show at this aquarium where you can experience feeding sharks. There are pools and restaurants as well as an aquarium.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is home to many beautiful beaches such as North Beach, South Beach and Daily Beach. Popular with people who enjoy surfing and bodyboarding.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Moses Mabhida Stadium

The stadium used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Many games were played here. You can also experience a bungee jump that falls from a height of about 80m.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Durban Botanic Gardens

It is one of the largest botanical gardens and is overgrown with greenery. You can see not only plants but also birds and insects. Many people also have picnics.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Thousand Hills Valley

It is an area where you can enjoy a superb view of Durban. You can enjoy an exhilarating drive while admiring the scenery. There are also zoos, shops and folk villages.

Sightseeing spot 6 : uShaka Wet ‘n Wild

Durban water park. You can enjoy a powerful waterslide with various pools including a flowing pool. There are also cafes, shops and restaurants.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Phezulu Safari Park

It is a park rich in nature. It features safari, crocodile parks, valleys and offers guided tours. There are accommodations, restaurants and bars in the park.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Umgeni River Bird Park

It is a wild bird park located in a place with excellent access from the city center. There are more than 200 species and more than 700 birds inhabiting, and you can enjoy the experience of feeding birds.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Halley Krishna Temple

Hindu Temple is said to be the most beautiful in Durban. Glasswork and various sculptures are also arranged inside, and there is also a restaurant famous for vegetarian and vegan cuisine on the premises.

Sightseeing spot 10 : Mitchell Park

It is the only zoo in Durban, on the outskirts of Morningside in Durban, South Africa. Many small animals such as birds and mammals live here.

Hotel

Durban has plenty of accommodation. The nearest is Durban International Airport. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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