Durban is a natural paradise situated on the East Coast of Africa, popularly known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. Durban has recently achieved the global status of being a New 7 Wonders City of the World. This achievement is a great honor for the City of Durban and to be positioned amongst other leading global cities of the world, proudly shows the commitment and competitive edge of our city as a leading Tourism , Events and Business Destination. The City has also proudly acclaimed the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2015 by New York Times, with key attributes reflecting on the on the rich cultural diversity and heritage of the city.
The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is the country’s most popular domestic leisure tourism destination and is home to Africa’s busiest sea-ports, Durban which is the busiest in Africa and Richards Bay, the deepest on the continent. Durban is a vibrant metropolis overflowing with cultural diversity and is the second largest in South Africa with a population of around 4 million.
Durban is a diverse and culturally rich city with strong African, eastern & Western influences. A short day trip outside of the City allows you to see a different side to the city. Durban's western boundary is flanked by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its nature reserves and cultural villages and the rich history of the Woza Inanda Heritage Route. The Southern boundary offers superb beaches, golf courses and world class diving at Aliwal shoal and the Northern boundary boasts a stunning coastline, word class entertainment & recreational facilities and a little further afield, the Big 5 Game Reserves are just a few hours drive away. You also cannot leave the city without experiencing a unique township Tour and tasting authentic local cuisine like Shisanyama and the legendary Bunny Chow !
The city boasts stylish hotels, trendy restaurants, world class shopping; top nightlife, a shoreline of golden sands, amazing coastline and a breathtaking Marina where you can enjoy the freshest seafood on the East coast ! The best way to explore the city is to hop on the open top Ricksha Bus or take a stroll alongside the promenade by Rickshaw. A newly developed beachfront promenade has put the zing back into the Golden Mile. A wide walkway takes you safely from the stadium area right down to uShaka Marine World. You can safely walk, jog or cycle from one end to the other pausing for cocktails at newly opened beach restaurants, or simply take in the panoramic view from the Moses Mabhida Stadium Skycar – your choice is endless !
Durban offers a choice of restaurants, and is an excellent destination to sample a tantalising array of fresh seafood offering delectable prawns, calamari and the ‘catch of the day’, and many other dishes that will tempt the taste buds. Visitors to Durban will be spoilt for choice, when it comes to nightlife with a variety of clubs, theatres, bars and cafes available. Florida Road is a popular entertainment area with a variety of dining options, in addition to being a WIFI hotspot zone. Activities could include a visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, the only one of its kind in the world, to join the team that inspects the shark nets as they closely monitors shark activity or visit the Umgeni River Bird Park, home to a wide variety of different bird species in a first-class, natural environment. Golf enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in Durban and the city hosts one of the Top 20 golf courses in the world at The Durban Country Club.
The Woza eNanda Heritage Route, which promotes some of Durban's most important historical sites, offers visitors a glimpse into history... Mahatma Gandhi, an icon of peace the world over, lived in the Phoenix Settlement north of Durban, and his home has been turned into a monument. From there you can head to the Ohlange Institute, Gravesite of Dr John Dube and where Nelson Mandela cast his historic vote in South Africa's first democratic elections. Or visit the Victoria Street Market with its Indian spice shops and traditional medicine market for a taste of trading the old fashioned way.
The experience in Durban has a warm African flavor that will touch your heart and soul wherever you visit. We are a city that combines the perfect ingredients to make your holiday special, whether you want adventure, tranquility, nightlife, exotic cuisine or just sun-filled days of complete relaxation at our finest beaches and hotels – the choices are endless. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. As a visitor, you are faced with the perfect ingredients to make your holiday unique and special. Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveller there is something special that will capture your heart forever.
Enjoy this special natural paradise, take advantage of the warm Indian Ocean that’s perfect for water sports, enjoy the world-class shopping, fine dining restaurants, unique arts and culture and enjoy the magnificent beach promenade and be charmed by the warmth and sunshine smiles.
Other International Accolades WON by DURBAN
CNN voted Durban as one of the world’s top 10 most underrated cities.
In 2014, Durban’s Umhlanga Pier was named the most beautiful pier in the world by CNN!
In 2014, Durban was rated the coolest city in South Africa by CNN
Durban was recognised not only as South Africa’s friendliest city,by the globally influential Roper City Brand Index
The Master Card Global Destination City Index has predicted Durban with its important and busy seaport, will be this years fastest growing city in Africa and would be the second fastest growing tourism city of the 132 cities surveyed worldwide.
The African Business Review stated Durban becomes South Africa Brightest Beacon. One citys recent growth exemplifies the development and regeneration occurring across the entire African Continent – there seems to be a new kid on the block – Durban !
In 2014 Durban was nominated as a New 7 Wonders City of the World
In 2015 New York Times names Durban a must visit City in 2015. The City of Durban made number 07 on the list, which the New York Times describes as “Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees and familiar cities offer new reasons to visit.”
New York Times also voted Durban as one of the best Winter Escapes.
Durban ranked 85th Globally as SA City with the highest Quality of Life - 2015 Quality of Living survey released by global consultancy Mercer. Adding to this achievement was that Durban ranked asone of the world’s evolving business centres.
The Durban Film Office
Established in 2003, the Durban Film Office (DFO) is a Department of eThekwini Municipality’s Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit, responsible for the promotion and development of the Film and Television Industry in the City of Durban.
The overarching vision of the Durban Film Office is for Durban to be internationally recognized as a dynamic, creative, innovative and cost-effective production centre, where residents regularly consume product created in the city and where the film sector contributes significantly to the economy and international profile of Durban and its citizens.
The goal is to support the creation of a viable and economically sustainable film and television sector in the City, where Durban filmmakers are renowned for creating high-quality content, for local and international audiences and for Durban to be recognised as a preferred destination for feature films and commercial media production.
The mission of the Durban Film Office moving forward is to pro-actively contribute to building and supporting an enabling environment that will deliver on the vision.
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