The city of Durban is the headquarters of the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa.
The city stretches across a total surface area of 2,292 km² (885ml2), comprising the central business district and the wider metropolitan area of Durban. In 2007, Durban had a population of approximately 3,468,086, rendering it the largest city in Kwazulu Natal, and the third largest urban area in South Africa; after Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Durban is pervaded by the bustle of any major city; and it serves as a major commercial and manufacturing hub for Kwazulu Natal.
Durban is one of the quickest expanding urban areas in the world, which in part, reflects the dynamism of the city’s dwellers. Durban is also endowed with the busiest seaport in South Africa, and one of the 10th largest in the world.
Just in front of Durban’s central business district is a glorious and popular stretch of seafront called ‘The Golden Mile’ or colloquially as ‘The Mile’; infused by the refreshing essence of the Indian Ocean. The Mile is one of the cardinal visitor attractions in the Durban area. The Mile includes the reviving promenade, which runs across it and commences at South Beach and uShaka Marine World, terminating to the north at the Sun coast Entertainment World. It encompasses Battery beach, Snake Park, Bay of Plenty, North Beach, Dairy, Wedge, South and Addington. Almost every office and hotel in the vicinity of Durban beach front boasts a spectacular sea view.
The Mile comprises wide stretches of golden sand, synthetically partitioned by various piers. Pervaded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean under glorious but moderate sun rays of a tropical weather, The Mile affords excellent swimming and sunbathing opportunities. Most of The Mile’s beaches are protected by lifeguards and shark nets. The Mile is equally prominent for its unsurpassed surfing opportunities. Particularly, the south end of the beach is most conducive for neophytes in surfing.
The Mile is excellently flanked by an exquisite fusion of international standard ultra-modern apartments and hotels.
Apart from Durban beachfront, the city equally boasts a comprehensive array of other rewarding attractions; such as museums, art galleries, stadiums, amusement arcades, flea markets, aquatic recreational centres, to mention just a few.