Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and in the municipality of eThekwini.
It is the third largest city in South Africa and the busiest port in Africa. According to the 2007 Community Survey, the population of the eThekwini municpality was 3,468,086.
Durban was originally called Port Natal, and was founded by British settlers. Indian workers were brought in to work the sugar cane plantations, making this one of the largest population centers of Indians in South Africa. Zulu and English are the most common languages in Durban.
Durban International Airport is now closed. The King Shaka International... (more)
Durban International Airport is now closed. The King Shaka International Airport, at La Mercy 40km north of Durban has been completed and is fully operational.
Taxi fares from the new airport to the hotels on Marine Parade and centre of Durban can cost well over R400 ZAR. However, next the taxi rank, there is an airport shuttle bus service that leaves every hour on the hour for R80 per person, though it may take longer to reach your hotel. Beware, the taxi drivers can be quite aggressive and will try to intercept you before you reach the shuttle.
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