Durban Airport

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Durban was originally founded by the English as a centre for managing the sugar cane production. Today, as a result of the influx of migrant workers it has the largest Indian population in the country adding to an already eclectic mix of cultures.

Durban Airport Mini Guide

About Durban Airport
A brand new airport that opened in 2010, King Shaka International Airport replaced Durban International Airport in serving the city of Durban. It’s one of the busiest airports in Africa serving many domestic routes as well as international ones. 22 miles away from the city, access is provided via the N2 Highway for cars and buses whilst a rail link to the main Durban rail link is nearly complete.

The terminal is spacious and has been designed to cope with 7.5m passengers a year. Departures are on the top floor whilst arrivals use the lower floor. The airport has a mix of staffed and self-service check in desks and fourteen gates have jet bridges for easy access to the aircraft. Shopping and eating opportunities are varied with over fifty shops with a wide range of products, including many local crafts. Twenty restaurants and snack bars at the airport offer a range of eating options.

About Durban
The city is of a size that is best explored by car with free and easy access on its road system. The major sights are found along ‘The Golden Mile’ to where in the height of summer, everyone gravitates to swim in the sea or just relax on the beach. The active can find many different water sports to participate in there including swimming, surfing, water-skiing and diving. Shark nets have been installed to protect people in the sea from attack. If you’re still concerned about the sharks but want to surf, you can ride the waves on the Gateway Shopping Centre’s artificial reef.

In the city, the Botanical Gardens are a relaxing way to spend an afternoon and not just for the flowers. Many couples choose to have their wedding ceremonies there and it’s unusual to visit on a day without there being a big celebration underway.

Out of town, a recommended visit is to Crocodile Creek. You’ll need a whole day there to do it properly but in an area of swampland, the owners have created a haven and research centre for seven thousand crocodiles and related species. You can handle baby crocs, go on aerial walks over the crocodile’s habitat or simply learn about them in the informative exhibition. There are plenty of excellent facilities there too so you can make a day of the experience. Finally, visit the Mahatma Gandhi settlement where he and his followers meditated over the best approaches to freeing India from British rule.

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The city is popular with tourists for its subtropical climate and stunning location on the Indian Ocean coast, complemented by the idyllic sandy beaches along what is known as ‘The Golden Mile’. By hiring a car you’ll see the tropical theme is continued in the wealth of botanical gardens and parks throughout the city.

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