This major centre and important economic hub, known as "South Africa's playground", lies on the east coast of the country and is lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Although Durban is renowned for its entertainment and for being a premier holiday spot, it is rich in history and culture. It is possibly the most cosmopolitan of all South African cities and the cultures of India, England and continental Europe add to this cultural legacy.
Much of this legacy can be discovered in the many museums, monuments and places of interest.
South Africa's third largest city and Africa's busiest port, Durban is an industrial centre of major importance.
The greater Durban area is tropical, green and lush with vistas of sugar cane fields to the north incorporating Umhlanga and Umdloti, valleys and gorges to the west, Indian Ocean to the east, and seaside villages to the south as far as Umkomaas.
There are a large number of nature reserves in the region, containing a wide variety of indigenous flora and wildlife. A few of these reserves worth a visit include Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve in Yellowwood Park, the prime wetland birding spot at the Bluff Nature Reserve as well as the rugged krantzes of the Palmiet Nature Reserve.
Durban boasts year-round hot weather – humid summers and warm winters – but is most well known for its famous sandy white beaches and warm waters.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is one of Durban North's new attractions. Built for the FIFA Soccer World Cup, this magnificent stadium holds 70,000 and is the second largest in South Africa.