With it's warm winters, hot summer climate and golden seashores stretching as far as the eye can see, Durban is a massively renowned leisure place.
It is a fascinating metropolis where a blend of local cultures "African, Asian and European" is reflected in a mosaic of architectural designs, a melting pot of traditions and colourful food to meet any travellers dream.
Durban is only 60 minutes flying time from Johannesburg, it's privileged spot on the eastern coast making it South Africa's only place that offer warm winters and subtropical summers.
Durban spans the area from the internationally recognized Umhlanga Rocks in the north to certainly one of the very best diving places globally, Aliwal Shoal, in the south and west to the majestic Valley of a Thousand Hills.
Durban was originally created round a natural harbour that is certainly certainly one of the very best in Africa. It is home to a significant fleet of yachts and pleasure craft, a brief stop for luxury cruise liners and the southern hemispheres busiest port. Pubs and eating places make the most wonderful oceanfront setting.
Amanzimtoti has stretches of shore with dunes and rock pools, as well as much-loved fishing spots that offer sport and recreation for the adventurous. Durban is blessed with a large amount of vegetation and a subtropical climate with sunshine for around 320 days a year and average temperatures up to 25 Celcius in the winter.
uShaka Marine World is the most recent addition to Durban's beachfront water family. It houses an underwater aquarium, somewhere to eat on a sunken shipwreck and plenty of water activities as well as a shopping arcade with many speciality outlets.
Durban is a dynamic metropolis delivering the perfect location and climate for all kinds of sporting activities including the July Beach Festival with international surfing event, music concerts and a number of beach sports, the Comrades Marathon, the most gruelling marathon globally with certainly one of the largest fields of runners.
Within the metropolis, you will come across a world-class sporting precinct incorporating rugby and football stadia, athletics tracks, Olympic swimming pools, cycling track, archery range, cricket stadium and a brand new award winning A1 Grand Prix street track.
The city of Durban certainly is South Africa's seaside playground.
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