Dazzling Durban

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Why this little city has a completely unique energy.

While Cape Town often gets all the attention, Durban is a sleek and fun-filled little city with a lot to offer. From gorgeous beaches that stretch for miles up the coast, to lush natural foliage, Durban has a rich natural environment. But Durban has a lot more to be proud of than its natural adornments. Fresh off the back of the World Cup renovations, Durban is going from strength to strength. With a brand new, and wonderfully beautiful, stadium, Durban continues to develop itself in other areas. Umhlanga Rocks, once a small municipality north of Durban city, is fast becoming a bustling hot-spot of fantastic beaches, world class hotels, and some excellent shopping opportunities. But, back in the heart of the city, the wonderfully bohemian vibe couples with the various cultural influences to create a melting pot of distinctly unique Durban energy. The pavement cafes, urban art galleries and beachfront promenades promote a laid-back artist/surfer lifestyle. The markets, on the other hand, offer an unbelievably rich array of African and Indian curios and delicacies. The architecture in the city is a delicious fusion of art deco and colonial, which is ornate by day and glowing by night. The beaches, still a major draw for holiday-makers, are strewn with golden and sand and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This all combines to create a truly astonishing environment. One of the benefits of such a diverse surrounding is that it is completely infectious. Whether working or playing, everything that Durbanites do is done with a unique energy.

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