Durban is South Africa’s third-biggest city and reflects a mix of cultures, including a large Indian community and a new influx of Africans from countries to the north. Indians were brought out to KwaZuli-Natal in the 1860’s as indentured slaves to what was then the Colony of Natal. They have stayed and with them they brought their culinary delights and a variety of spices can be found in this city. In Durban’s Victoria Market there are many hawkers selling fine spices.
Durban Metro is where the proud Zulu nation meets East and West creating a wealth of influences to entertain and enthrall with traditional warrior dancers, mystic fire walkers and colonial heritage.
Traditionally Durban was well known for its conservatism when it came to the erection of public buildings,yet in the 1930’s the city threw off this mantle and embraced a new Art Deco. Numerous buildings, especially residential high rises, were erected in this new design. In many ways the art work on the Art Deco Buildings reflect a particular Durban identity with a strong emphasis on the city’s maritime background.
Cruise Season – Oct – April
Currency – Rand (R)
Language – Xhosa, English and Afrikaans
Land Area – km²
Electricity – South African/Indian-style plug with two round metal pins above a large round grounding pin
Time – GMT plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 27