Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

The Durban Destination Guide can be downloaded here.

Durban, or ‘eThekwini' as it is known in the local Zulu language, is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city of more than three million people. Its potent and exciting mix of cultures - African, Asian and European - is reflected in a mosaic of architectural styles and a melting pot of traditions and colourful cuisine. Its privileged location on the Eastern seaboard makes it South Africa's only destination offering warm winters and tropical summers, and boasting 320 sunny days a year.

Durban's attractive, sweeping beaches are complemented by rejuvenation evident along the seafront, such as the huge uShaka Marine World theme park. Whale-watching, wreck-diving, fishing, kite surfing and luxury cruises are amongst the myriad of attractions scraping the city's edge.

The greater Durban area is tropical, green and lush with vistas of sugar cane fields to the north incorporating Umhlanga and Umdloti, valleys and gorges to the west, Indian Ocean to the east, and seaside villages to the south as far as Umkomaas.

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AORTIC 2013 Pre Conference Workshops:
Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 November 2013
AORTIC 2013:
Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 November 2013