Durban is Africa’s Sporting and Events CapitalBy
With it’s warm winters, hot summer weather and golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, Durban is a hugely popular leisure destination. It is a vibrant city where a blend of local cultures “African, Asian and European” is reflected in a mosaic of architectural styles, a melting pot of traditions and colourful cuisine to match any holiday-makers dream. Durban is less than an hours flying time from Johannesburg, it’s privileged location on the eastern seaboard making it South Africa’s only destination offering warm winters and subtropical summers.
Durban spans the area from the internationally known Umhlanga Rocks in the north to one of the best diving sites in the world, Aliwal Shoal, in the south and west to the majestic Valley of a Thousand Hills.
Durban was originally built round a natural harbour which is one of the finest in Africa. It is home to a large flotilla of yachts and pleasure craft, a temporary stop for cruise liners and the southern hemispheres busiest port. Pubs and restaurants make the most glorious waterfront setting.
Amanzimtoti has stretches of beach with dunes and rock pools, plus favourite fishing spots that provide sport and recreation for the adventurous. Durban is blessed with an abundance of vegetation and a subtropical climate with sunshine for at least 320 days a year and average temperatures up to 25 Celcius in the winter.
uShaka Marine World is the latest addition to Durban’s beachfront water family. It houses an underwater aquarium, a restaurant on a sunken shipwreck and loads of water activities not to mention a shopping arcade with dozens of speciality shops.
Durban is an active city providing an ideal venue and climate for all types of sports including the July Beach Festival with international surfing event, music concerts and numerous beach sports, the Comrades Marathon, the most gruelling marathon in the world with one of the largest fields of competitors.
Within the city, you will find a world-class sporting precinct incorporating rugby and football stadia, athletics tracks, Olympic swimming pools, cycling track, archery range, cricket stadium and a new award winning A1 Grand Prix street track.
Durban really is South Africa’s seaside playground.