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Ushaka - Marine park

Ushaka - Marine park

Located in KwaZulu-Natal Province - better known as the Kingdom of the zulu - on the east coast of South Africa and the warm shores of the Indian Ocean, Durban is the city where the sun never sets. It is the homeland of the great Zulu nation, one of Africa's most well-known pre-colonisation nations, currently headed by the honourable King Goodwill Zwelithini. The great city has many self catering accommodation venues and also boasts many great historical sites. It is a melting pot of African, European and Asian influences which have led to a myriad of styles in the city.  Many of the famous freedom struggle veues are also part of Durban, such as the Mahatma Gandhi Settlement in Phoenix, and the Vishwaroop temple, the oldest Hindu temple in South Africa.

Architectural variety is expressed in the Victorian houses of the Berea, in the Hindu temples, the largest Mosque in the Southern Hemisphere in Grey Street, the skyscrapers in the CBD. It has many sides to it. Thanks to the beautiful, soft weather all year round, Durban is a real holiday paradise, with warm beaches lined by hotels and apartments with great views over the ocean.
It's also a major business centre and a gateway to Africa, with the busiest on the continent, its airport, and many roads leading inland.

The name Durban comes from Sir Benjamin D'Urban, who in 1835 was the first successful European settler in the area. The area was colonised first by Dutch and later by English settlers. They brought over large groups of Indian labourers to work in the emerging sugar industry. Durban still houses the largest Indian population outside of India. This becomes clear when you walk the through the Grey Streets area and smell the spices and curries and see Indian women in traditional dress.

Surrounded by sugar cane fields and subtropical vegetation, Durban is the perfect place to start your visit of KwaZulu-Natal. You can take a tour of one of the townships and experience a very special part of South African life, or wander around the harbour, which was once a natural lagoon. This bay also gives Durban its Zulu name: eThekwini. Visitors arriving by boat enter the harbour mouth between the piers and against the green backdrop of the Bluff, a long unspoilt forest peninsula that provides protection from ocean winds. From the harbour there are uninterrupted views across the central city up to the residential Berea Ridge with its flowering trees in all the colours of the rainbow. On the other side of the harbour lies the Golden Mile, the Durban beachfront lined with hotels. On the beaches there are opportunities for all kinds of water sports. Swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, fishing, everything is available.

But it's not just beaches and harbours that Durban's got to offer. The city also sports a fair amount of theatres, art galleries, shopping centres, museums, and a very respectable nightlife. You can take a leisurely walk trough town, take the kids to an amusement park, or dance the night away in a trendy nightclub. Durban caters to every taste.

Durban is one of the host cities for the 2010 World Cup and is currently viewed as a prestigious host for many events internationally. 

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: kids entertainment

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