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Durban


Durban

Introduction

Durban- affectionately called “Durbs” is South Africa’s third-largest city in size, an exciting hub around a busy harbour on the edge of the warm Indian Ocean. The city is well-known for its pleasant climate and welcoming beaches. Over three million people live in Durban.

The city of Durban is hosting the national soccer teams of South Africa, Angola, Cape Verde and Morocco.

The stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium

The matches in Durban will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The most outstanding feature is the steel arch which spans the length of the pitch. Spectators have the opportunity to access the arch via a high-tech cableway that runs along the structure to a viewing platform, 106 metres at the arch's peak. The platform provides the most spectacular view of the 70 000-seat stadium and the pitch below.

In addition, the Moses Mabhida Stadium features a restaurant, more than 7 000m² of retail space and a fascinating sports museum and you can also bungee jump off the stadium.

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Weather

The Africa Cup of Nations 2013 takes place during the months of January and February 2013. The weather in Durban is forecasted to be pure sunshine, ideal for sightseeing and enjoying leisure activities in and around the city. Durban is known as ‘the warmest place to be’where the sun welcomes you every day.

Remember to pack your floppy sun-hats, plenty of sunscreen, flip flops, shorts and light clothes.

Accommodation

Durban has a wide range of accommodation offerings, from star-graded B&B’s and guesthouses to luxury hotels. To get a list of star -graded accommodation in Mbombela please visit the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa www.tourismgrading.co.za.

Things to do in Durban

Durban boasts top sporting facilities, world-class resorts and nature reserves. The city offers excellent urban vibes, including a mix of design, art, music and food – peppered with fascinating cultural influences. Leisure options, including swimming, surfing, tanning, kite surfing, abseiling, hiking, diving, snorkelling, body-boarding, walking, cycling, quad biking, skateboarding, climbing, rambling, bird-watching, tennis, bowls and loads more. After enjoying a day at the beach, enjoy cocktails at a beach pub before heading out on the town.

uShaka Marine World is a real highlight for daytime fun. Known as one of the world's best theme parks, this Marine fantasy park really is one of a kind. There's an aquarium, dolphinarium, dive tank and a wide range of adrenalin-inducing fun slides and rides.

Or head off for the day to Wilson’s Wharf, Durban’s trendy waterfront development on Victoria embankment, a fusion of fun, food, shows and crafts, all set against the rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways. A 20-minute drive north of Durban is the holiday resort town of Umhlanga, which makes another excellent day out. Lavish pamper sessions are also conveniently available in and around Durban, which boasts an award-winning spa at the Oyster Box Hotel and Spa in Umhlanga on the north coast.

The beach is a great place to spend your time. In Durban there are also tour operators who organise trips on luxury yachts and catamarans for groups, with a full bar service included.

Florida road is the city’s hottest night life spot. Point road in Durban city centre is another popular nightlife hub, while the city’s hottest DJ’s are on a perennial wave at Joe Cool’s, an iconic club on Durban’s north beach.

If you want a break from the city head to the Midlands, The Valley of a 1000 hills goes on forever. Stop at Nottingham Road and visit Nottingham Road Brewery Company and taste their own special beer.

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Eating out in Durban

Florida Road is the place to be. Lined with quirky restaurants, pubs and late-night venues, Durban's (eThekwini's) most popular stretch of tar beats to its own rhythm, and the locals are only too eager to invite you to join in.

Durban has a wealth of wonderful restaurants, from relaxed eateries to superb seafood restaurants. A real highlight is, of course, a traditional Indian curry at one of the city's fine Indian restaurants (try House of Curries in Florida Road), and if you get the munchies you must try out Durban's famous takeaway bunny chow (curry in a hollowed out half loaf of bread).

How to get here

King Shaka International airport is the gateway to Durban.

Durban is well served by taxis and busses. Or catch a colourful rickshaw ride along the beachfront to the stadium!

To find out more contact:
eThekwini Municipality
303 West Street , 26 th Floor, Old Mutual Centre, Durban
Tel: +27 31 336-2546
Fax: +27 31 336-2614
www.durban.gov.za
www.kzn.org.za
Website: www.southafrica.net

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