Durban, Kwazulu Natal
Durban is situated on South Africa’s East Coast with the Indian Ocean lying along its eastern border. Durban is the biggest city within the KwaZulu – Natal Province and ranks the third largest within the country following Johannesburg and Cape Town. Durban is located at the mouth of the Umgeni River, which also flows further through the city. The Durban Port is a natural harbour and is regarded as the busiest harbour in South Africa.
As far as the economy is concerned Durban is regarded as the second most vital manufacturing centre in the country, with Johannesburg being the first. Durban City is regarded as one of the most important centres in South Africa as far as tourism is concerned. The lovely warm climate and the long white sand beaches attract many visitors and tourist to the area every year.
Just a little about the history of Durban. When Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, sailed past the area around Christmas time in 1497, he named it “Natal” which means “Christmas” in Portuguese. Then in 1835, it was decided that a town should be built in the area, which was then called “d’Urban”. This name was taken from the Governor of the Cape Sir Benjamin d’Urban. Later in 1994 after the apartheid era, the City became the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. In 2015 the City of Durban officially became one of the “New 7 Wonders Cities” alongside Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut and Kuala Lumpur.
Durban ranks high amongst the cities in the country and this is because of its many recreation facilities, and of course the high-quality housing available.
Compared to Cape Town, Durban properties offer far better value for money. This is also true for the more upmarket properties in the region. It is interesting to note that the more expensive properties for sale today, are to be found in the areas north of the city, as well as those areas that are more inland.
This trend reveals that the more wealthy buyers prefer to purchase property located outside the city centre. The upmarket properties include Umhlanga, Hillcrest, Durban North, Mount Edgecombe, La Lucia, Cotswold Downs Estate and Kloof amongst others. However, if you don’t fall in to the wealthy buyer’s bracket, there are also properties available that are more affordable. These include properties in areas like Durban Central, Durban South, Pinetown, Phoenix and Newlands.
The transport within the City of Durban is sufficient to meet all travel needs. The King Shaka International Airport that was opened in 2010 provides both domestic and international flights. The port of Durban together with the port of Maputo in Mozambique; are the two main outlets for the export of goods from Johannesburg and surrounding industrial areas. The Durban Port is not only available for exporting of goods, but many cruise ships and liners depart from the Port during the months from November to April every year.
These cruise ships travel to Mozambique, Mauritius, Madagascar, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Many of the world’s largest liners have docked in this port and a new Cruise Terminal is currently under construction. The terminal is said to be completed by October 2019. The rail and road networks flow smoothly in and around the city, with buses, taxis and trains. Let’s not forget the Rickshaws, which are a major attraction in the region.