Durban Travel Guide, South Africa
The cities in South Africa will always have something to offer and Durban is no exception. The third most populous city in South Africa, Durban is also a well known tourist destination. The city experiences temperate weather all year long except for a few precipitations during the months of November to January. But even these months are still enjoyed by tourists who opted to go south to run away from winter. Durban is practically summer the whole year. The presence of different beaches in Durban has assured the popularity of the city for tourists.
The economy in Durban is now largely based on tourism as most industries have, unfortunately, relocated to other cities in South Africa. But even with all the economic changes in Durban, one thing will never be taken from them: their port. Cape Town used to be the main port of South Africa, but today, that distinction is given to Durban. Its proximity to different cities in South Africa has made the port of Durban the favorite among traders.
Complementing the beaches as well as the port, the city also has remarkable tourist attractions such as the uShaka Marine World which is regarded as one the largest aquariums in the world. There’s also a crocodile creek, a snake park and if you’re lucky you get to see an A1 Grand Prix which temporarily takes over the main road of Durban. For those who want water, the beach is perfect for swimming anytime and a tour guide could take you to secluded places to snorkel and dive.
The popular language in Durban is Zulu. Afrikaans, the official language of South Africa, is spoken by less than 2% of the population. English is spoken by almost 30% of the population and it is mostly spoken by non-Black Africans. Newspapers and radio stations use either Zulu or English.
Durban will be in the spotlight in 2010 as it will host the 2010 World Cup. The city is currently buzzing with changes in their infrastructure to accommodate millions who will be visiting Durban for the world cup. The changes were beneficial to the locals and tourists alike as the tourist destinations, particularly the beaches, were cleaned and hotels improved their amenities and facilities. Transportation is not a problem in Durban. Tourists could fly in through the international airport and another airport is under construction and should be finished before the world cup. Trains, boats, buses and other forms of transportation (even rickshaws) are available in Durban.
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