1. Durban was originally called Terra do Natal by Vasco da Gama when he visited in 1497.
  2. It has the busiest container port in Africa and is the 9th largest harbour in the world.
  3. The first steam railway in South Africa was opened in Durban in 1860.
  4. Mahatma Ghandi, political activist and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement actually started his political career in Durban when he arrived in 1893.
  5. The Bunny Chow is typically representative of Durban – a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry
  6. The world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, the Comrades Marathon, takes place here.
  7. One of the top surfing destinations in South Africa
  8. The rickshaw was brought to Durban, in 1893, by the sugar baron Sir Marshall Campbell, from London. Rickshaw pullers have been operating in Durban for more than 100 years.
  9. Aliwal Shoal near Durban is considered as one of the world’s top diving sites.
  10. The town gots its name from the former governor of the Cape Colony Sir Benjamin D’Urban in 1835.