Africa Gala Ceremony 2009

11 May 2009 – Durban



Durban - Playground of the Zulu Kingdom

Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun, Durban has from its earliest days possessed a unique charm, a certain mystique that adds something extra to the meeting of warm Indian Ocean, radiant golden sands and lush sub-tropical greenery.

The creation of Durban Metro has widened the portfolio of attractions, adding the magnificent Valley of a Thousand Hills, the long and tranquil beaches of The South and the up-market ambience of Umhlanga to the Durban offering.

Durban Metro is where the proud Zulu nation meets East and West, with a wealth of influences to entertain and enthral. Visitors can sample the vibrancy of township life, the finest curries outside India and a calendar filled with spectacular events.

Durban is sports-crazy and equipped for it, hosting countless international contests at magnificent venues. You can tee off alongside the ocean or pause on the green as the field thunders by on race day. The city hosts two of South Africa’s premier horseracing draw- cards, but if you don’t fancy the odds then there are always the slot- machines and gaming tables of the Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom.

Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban Metro after dark is abuzz with elegant lounges, funky taverns and cosy inns. There’s a distinctive local theatre scene and an enticing range of live music. You can rave 'till dawn and catch a beautiful sunrise over the vast Indian Ocean horizon.

With a full range of hotel product, all the delights of this city are linked by an efficient transport service. It can also take you beyond the city where no less than two World Heritage Sites wait among the majestic Berg, teeming Bush, endless Beach and monumental Battlefields.

The Kingdom of the Zulu is a holiday destination quite unlike any other and the Durban Metro a gateway that is equally unique.

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