Durban, Home Of The Comrades Marathon And So Much More...

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The first written history available of Durban, was when it was first discovered by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1497. He landed in the bay on Christmas day and called it Natal, in reference to the birth of Christ...

Birth of The City Of Durban, Gateway to The Dolphin Coast.

In 1842 British Lieutenant F.G.Farewell and a group of men arrived from the Cape Colony and established a small settlement. Farewell was accompanied by a man called Henry Francis Fynn, an adventurer who befriended King Shaka by helping him to recover from a battle wound he had suffered in a skirmish. Shaka expressed his gratitude by granting Fynn a "25-mile strip of coastline and a 100 miles inland". In 1835, it was decided to build a capital town and named it "d"Urban" after sir Benjamin d"Urban, governor of the Cape Colony.

The arival Of Indentured Indian Workers

The Afrikaans Voortrekkers, had traveled up from the Cape established the Republic of Natalia in 1838 and made the town of Pietermaritzburg the capital. After many conflicts with the Zulus and British settlers, the Voortrekkers were forced to accept British rule in 1844. Many settlers emigrated from Europe and the Cape Colony. A sugar cane industry was established in Durban and as the British farm owners had adifficult time attracting Zulu laborers to work on their plantations, thousands of indentured laborers were imported from India to work in their fields. As a direct result of this, Durban has the largest Indian community outside of Asia.

attractions 1

* Ushaka Marine World: Marine theme park offering ocean activities, rides, aquarium, dolphinarium, amusement park, shopping, wet n' wild, beach activities and exotic creatures from all over the world.


* Inanda Heritage Trail: Visit places where South Africa changed, because of the bravery of a few individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, Reverend John Dube and Nelson Mandela.


* Township Experience: Thathuka tours. Discover the roots of resistance to apartheid with Langa Dube as he takes you on a township tour.


* PheZulu Safari Park: Zulu dancing, traditional kraal, reptile farm and bush and bush drives to view game.

Attractions 2.

* Umgeni Steam Railway: A scenic trip from Kloof station to Inchanga and back.


* Gateway Theatre of shopping: Umhlanga. Over 350 stores, 50 restaurants, 18 cinemas, Barnyard Theater, the Wave House, climbing wall, skating park and children's fantasy Forrest MTN Science Center.


* Kwa Muhle Museum: The apartheid history museum and Warrior's Gate:Museum of Militaria.


* Wilson's Wharf: Trendy waterfront shopping, dining and theater.


* Durban's Botanical Gardens: Founded in 1849. Sub-tropical trees, plants tea garden and orchid house.


* Treasure Beach & Wessa: Fishing, rock pools, surfing, snorkeling and swimming.


* Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve: Coedmore Castle, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker and about 200 bird species.

Attractions 3.

* The Old Waling Station: A five hour tour including lunch.


* Industrial Tours: See the workings of an oil refinery, a paper mill, SA's Leading beer brewery, shipping company and a car manufacturing plant.


* Moses Mabhida Stadium: Take a trip of the stadium and also an exhilarating trip in the Sky Car or try the Big Swing or Sky Walk.

* Krantzkloof Nature Reserve:
Breathtaking views of sheer cliffs and dense tropical
vegetation with several hiking trails ranging from 45 minutes to 6 hours.


* Beachwood Mangroves: Durban-North National Monument covering an area of 76 hectares.


* World Famous Bunny Chow: Eat one of these spicy curry filled 1/4 to 1/2loaves of bread invented in Durban in 1940.


* Take a scenic steam train trip: through the valley of 1000 hills. Trips run on the last Sunday of the month and due to popularity requires advance booking.


* Shongweni Farmers Market: Enjoy an unforgettable early breakfast in the picture perfect surrounding hills. Open Saturdays 06:30 to 10:00.


* Victoria Street Market: 170 stalls ranging from curios to spices, to fishing gear, toys, clothing and much, much more.

PRECAUTIONS

Only swim where lifeguards are on duty. Alcohol consumption on South Africa beaches
is illegal. As in all major cities in the world, look after your possessions, avoid isolated
areas and do not publicize your valuables. Store valuables in safety deposit boxes
located at your hotel's reception. Before undertaking walks from your hotel, get advice
from the receptionist. When done, take some time out to get your holiday notes up to
date and ready for posting on your new page at wikinut.com

SOURCE:http://www.thebestofkzn.co.za/


NOTE: * Picture of battle re-enactment of British Zulu war at Isandhlwana

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I'm on the next plane. Can you put me up? Great page,. Tranquilpen.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Hi Steve thank you for reading. Sure, your'e welcome anytime

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author avatar richardpeeej
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh that looks a great place to live Tranquilpen...thanks for sharing your pics my friend

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Richard, sorry about the formatting. Glad you liked it. Thank you

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Jan 2012 (#)

How very wonderful, thank you Tranquilpen:0)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Glad you liked it Delicia, I'm battling with the formatting on new P.C,

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author avatar ittech
11th Jan 2012 (#)

XLNT, Have a great New Year

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello ITech, thank you for reading, have a great one yourself:-))

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author avatar Buzz
11th Jan 2012 (#)

A very attractive tourist destination and even a great place to live in.

Beautiful article and pics, friend. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Buzz, thanks for reading.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Oooh - I'd love to go there. Sounds wonderful.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

You would find many parts not unlike the mountains, valleys and prairies of the U.S. Thank you for reading Sheila :-))

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
12th Jan 2012 (#)

I have a South African friend who was in Durban during the Ian Smith and Mau Mau era. Good to read this after identifying with her trauma.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Jan 2012 (#)

The article didn't come out quite as I had hoped with regards to formatting. I had to pull it down 3 times to get it right.Thank you for reading it Ivy glad it lifted your spirits regarding her trauma. Have yourself a great day my friend:-)) X

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13th Jan 2012 (#)

I am sorry you are having computer problems, they really do suck! I hear ya young man, I too experienced this for one too many months. Now after saying that, I find your page to be very entertaining, full of information and great photos. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Denise, Glad you appreciate the problem, thank you for the positive comments

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Good page, my friend, ;)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello RDN glad you enjoyed the article.

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author avatar avery sandiego
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Great page about South Africa!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Averygirl72, thank you for reading my page.

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author avatar M G Singh
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

An excellent account. Worth reading

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Madan, I'm so glad you found mu article worth reading my friend.Thank you

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