Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. The City of Durban is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveler there is a warm African flavor that will capture your heart forever.
EThekwini Municipality is a Category A municipality found in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The area is topographically hilly, with many gorges and ravines, and almost no true coastal plain. Durban has a turbulent history dating from ivory hunters in the 1820s and their conflict with the local Zulu monarchs.
The province has the largest number of battlefields. The world-class Durban Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) has hosted a historic line-up of events including conferences of a global scale.
eThekwini is the largest City in this province and the third largest city in the country. It is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over 3 442 398 people (as per 2011 Census). It is known as the home of Africa’s best-managed, busiest port and is also a major centre of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.
Welcome to the best online archive of historical and other interesting stuff to do with Durban, South Africa. Some of the material is included in my book Facts About Durban (Third Edition), but there is much, much more here on this site.
The KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority, which operates under the name Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism into and within the province.
The vision of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is to position the province of KwaZulu-Natal as Africa’s leading tourism destination, nationally and internationally. The mission of this organisation is to initiate, facilitate, co-ordinate and implement:
- strategic tourism marketing, and
- demand–driven tourism development programmes
Which grows tourism and thereby serving to achieve: the transformation of the tourism sector within the province, providing economic benefits to all stakeholders and the province.
Tourism KwaZulu-Natal was the first Destination Management Organisation (DMO) in Africa to be accreditted as a United Nations World Tourism Organisation S’Best DMO, and to receive the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Tourism Governance. Tourism KwaZulu-Natal received this award as a result of its Knowledge Management Programme. Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is an associate member of the UNWTO and a member of its Destination Council.
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Zululand is a place of unspoilt beauty characterised by a pristine coastline, abundant forests, rolling green hills and zig-zagging rivers.
It is a world of rich natural diversity and enormous social contrasts – a place where modern lifestyles thrive adjacent to a culture steeped in traditions.
Its unhurried pace and mild sub-tropical climate make it an ideal and affordable year-round holiday destination.
Its tranquility belies its history, which is packed with conflict – clan against clan as well as kingdom against kingdom.
This is where Victorian Britain’s imperial ambitions and military might were shaken by the gallantry of ‘a remarkable people’ armed only with shields and spears.
The infrastructure is modern and efficient and yet just off the highway is another world, living as if from another time.