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Durban, South Africa

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Durban, South Africa

Like a peppery, multicultural soup, this fascinating and sunny city of three million people overlooks the Indian Ocean in KwaZulu-Natal state and offers the most diverse ambience in South Africa—plus some of its best swimming and surfing, on beaches with names like Bay of Plenty and Blue Lagoon. Called Durbs or Thekwini (“sea” in the Zulu language), Durban has high-rise hotels mixed with historic Victorian and Art Deco buildings, a dozen museums, impressive Botanic Gardens, and an Indian population of about one million that’s had a strong influence on the city’s cuisine—curry flavors many local dishes.

Don’t Miss: Feel like a giant as you stroll through Mini Town, a replica of the city done to 1/24 scale and located on the beachfront.

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