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Though not one of the 3 capitals of South Africa, Durban is definitely among the top cities of the country. It is the largest port in all of Africa, and is actually among South Africa's top tourist destination. A city with a rich blend of history and modernity, Durban makes for an exciting stay!
Durban definitely ranks among South Africa's top cities, and with one visit you'll see that it's with good reason. The city is one of South Africa's true international destinations, complete with a vibrant mix of different cultures and languages. The nearby Valley of the Thousand Hills will get you well acquainted with the history of the famous Zulu tribe, along with their fascinating culture and way of life. And then the fact that Durban is home to a massive Indian population, Indian cultures have seeped into Durban as if they were it's own, which you will see clearly in the street foods and festivals in the city, and most emphatically in the grand Hare Krishna temple. Visit the superbly built uShaka Marine World for an absolute ball of a day, with their fun theme park and the enormous aquarium which will surely engross you deeply. Check out the massive Moses Mabhida Stadium, with it's iconic archiecture and imposing arch through the centre. The best part about the stadium, however, are the adrenaline pumping activities like the Big Rush Big Swing, the world's largest swing, or climg up to the top of the arch via the tour to view some fantastic vistas of the city. Of course, in Durban you just cannot miss the supremely famous Golden Mile, with it's fantastic beaches, restaurants, bars and several other attractions. The SunCoast Casino on the Golden Mile is the perfect place to have a brilliant night out to cap the perfect day. Mind you, there are several points along this popular stretch if you're looking to have a lively night! The Gateway Theatre of Shopping is an absolute must visit, even if you don't plan on buying from here. Just a stroll through this impressive mall is worth it. Visit Durban for the great South African experience!
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