The coastal city of Durban is world renowned for it's beauty and location. The city is home to a large variety of cultures, and is the place to be for a wide range of both exciting, and luxuriously relaxing activities.
This coastal city in South Africa is known to have the busiest port in the country. With such an industrial hub, the city is the 2nd most populous in South Africa, behind Johannesburg. The second most important manufacturing city, behind Jozi, Durban has become a popular destination for those making their way from rural areas within Kwazulu Natal looking for work.
Archaeological evidence has shown that the area surrounding Durban has been inhabited for close to 100 000 years. These hunter-gatherers lived throughout the KwaZulu-Natal province until the expansion of the Bantu people from the north. There is no written history of the Durban area before Vasco Da Gama spotted the KwaZulu-Natal coast at Christmastide in 1497, on his way to India.
The modern city of Durban dates back to 1824 when a party of men made their way up the coast from Cape Town (The Cape Colony). Following creation of the city of d’Urban, after the governor of the Cape Colony, Sir Benjamin d’Urban, the area went through many stages of both tension and prosperity, leading to the modern day city filled with many cultures and industries.
Being such a busy city, the accommodation in Durban is widely offered. From self-catering apartments, to luxury hotels and bed & breakfasts, there is no shortage of options when visiting this amazing coastal town. With travel throughout South Africa becoming easier in the past few years, there has been a big increase in the number of budget accommodation options springing up in this city. Backpackers and self-catering accommodation options in Durban have become very popular with touring locals as well as international guests who want an authentic taste of South African culture.
Durban accommodation has something for everyone and the hotels are numerous and widely spread out offering 5 star luxury accommodation as well as 3 star and 4 star options. Business travelers frequenting Durban often prefer to make use of the hotels dotted around the city, making good use of the convenience and comfort of these establishments.
If you're looking for things to do in Durban, you would be drawing up your list for days. The city is full of amazing activities and fun things to do. From the arch swing on the Moses Mabhida Stadium, to uShaka Marine World, Sea World Aquarium, Madame Zingara and many more, the city of Durban is an experience in itself.