Indian workers were brought in to work the sugar cane plantations, making this one of the largest population centers of Indians in the world, outside of India. Zulu and English are the most common languages in Durban.
With its sub-tropical climate and wide golden beaches washed by the warm Indian Ocean, Durban is a holidaymaker’s paradise and gateway to the dozens of seaside resort towns of the coast to the south and north of the city.
The ‘Golden Mile’ central beach area, flanked by numerous high-rise hotels, and is fronted by promenades and entertainment facilities such as a skatepark, flea markets and colourful traditionally clad Zulu rickshaw pullers.
Although much of Durban is characterised by British colonial architecture, the city is actually an exciting mix of cultures. Durban is the gateway not only to the coastal beach resorts of the province, but also to the rolling hills and plains of the Natal Midlands and their backdrop, the majestic, jagged peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, which border the province in the west.