Durban is probably one of the coolest cities around.While popular in its own right, you’d be surprised at the number of people who’ve never heard of it. Its blend of cultures, sundry attractions, and beautiful beaches are enough to catch anyone’s attention. If the question on your mind now is ‘Where is Durban’, let us help you out.
If you’ve never heard about Durban, all is forgiven, we’re about to fix that. Durban is actually one of the most populous cities in South Africa. Located in the South African province – KwaZulu-Natal, it doesn’t compare to the popularity of Cape Town, Johannesburg or even Pretoria. Which, to be honest, is quite a shame because Durban is easily one of South Africa’s most interesting cities. With a thousand fun things to do and a million fun places to visit, Durban is arguably one of the most enjoyable cities in South Africa.
As stated earlier, Durban is located in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal which is commonly referred to as KZN is also called the ‘Garden province’. KZN was created when the KwaZulu and Natal Provinces were merged in 1994. Even though Durban is its largest city, its capital is actually Pietermaritzburg. KZN, and effectively Durban, is located in the Southeast of South Africa. KZN not only shares borders with three other South African provinces but also the countries of Swaziland, Lesotho, and Mozambique, which explains its rich diversity.
Culturally, KwaZulu Natal boasts a mix of Indian and Zulu heritage. Its rolling hills, beautiful beaches, fine cuisine, nature reserves, and historical architecture makes KZN a premier destination for people from all over the world. You would be surprised to hear that it is actually South Africa’s third smallest province. This coastal South African Province which is roughly the size of Portugal is about 92,100 km2 in area. KZN has an evergreen weather thanks to its unique and varied climate. The KZN coast is mostly subtropical (warm, hot summers and dry winters) but gets gradually colder towards the inland regions.
Where Is Durban Exactly?
Durban is located along the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. This hilly city is home to some of the world’s most exciting tourist attractions.
Some of these attractions include uShaka Marine World, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Roma Revolving Restaurant, Durban Botanical Garden, The Golden Mile, Umengi River Bird Park and the KwaMuhle Museum. It is also the busiest port in South Africa. After Johannesburg, it is also the subsequent most important manufacturing centre in the country.
The famous South African National Route – N2, runs through Durban. Starting from Cape Town, the N2 runs through several cities including Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Richard’s Bay and Ermelo. Gaining fame for being South Africa’s longest numbered route, the N2’s total distance is 2,255 kilometres or 1,401 miles if you’d prefer.
As expected, most cities’ locations affect their weather. The same goes with Durban. Generally, the best time to visit Durban is between Spring and Autumn; however, it is set in a premium location that makes its weather inviting all year long. Having warm, sunny days almost the entire year, this unique weather makes visiting Durban a lot more exciting. If you didn’t know where Durban was located before you began reading this post, doesn’t it make you wonder what else you didn’t know about Durban?
More about Durban?
Where do we even start? There will never be enough time to brag about all Durban has to offer. From scenic accommodations to fun activities, to a historically rich culture, Durban has more than enough in its arsenal to satisfy your curiosities. For example, did you know Durban’s annual film festival – Durban International Film Festival – attracts movie celebrities from all over the world? The Durban International Film Festival aims to showcase the best of South African movies to the world and it is safe to say that they are succeeding.
Mahatma Gandhi began his political journey in Durban. As surprising as that sounds, it really shouldn’t be; especially because Durban has the highest population of Indians outside of India.
Like many South African cities, Durban will always find a new and interesting way to surprise you.