from itheku meaning “bay / lagoon”
Durban is really an amazing city, one of the most culturally diverse around Southern Africa, having a rich and vibrant history and an exciting and beautiful present. Durban includes widely different coastal areas as well as landscapes, with more breathtaking mountain range in the area as well as the oldest game reserve around Africa not a long way away. Durban is known as the friendly city in South Africa, because of the great friendliness and openness of the people as well as the laid-back lifestyle which everybody here enjoys.
Durban was founded in 1835 on the site of Port Natal and was named for Sir Benjamin D’Urban, the governor of the Cape Colony.
The Municipality spans an area of approximately 2297km2.
Durban is home to 3.5 million people making it the third most populous city in South Africa.