The Durban Metro area enjoys a year-round warm climate and has a wealth of exotic and indigenous flowering trees, gardens and shrubs. The region is diverse, and this variety is evident in the Victorian houses, Mosques, in the Hindu temples, and the skyscrapers of the Durban CBD. Often seen as a place where west meets east, Durban is home to the largest Indian population outside of India.
This beautiful area of KwaZulu Natal is home to a naturally formed harbour which is the busiest and the largest port in South Africa. There is an extensive road network leading to and from the Durban Metro region to any destination in South Africa and the Durban International Airport is only a 10 minute drive from the City centre. This region is also well known for its excellent hotels lining a stretch of beach front known as the Golden Mile. The boardwalk is dotted with locals selling traditional handicraft, Zulu ricksha drivers, leisurely strollers, joggers, sunbathers and surfers. The beaches of the Durban Metro area are protected by shark nets, and most of the beaches are overseen by lifeguards.
Attractions of the Durban Metro region include a visit to Water World, yachting, windsurfing and angling. Organised boat and deep-sea fishing trips are also popular activities. Another must see in the region is uShaka Marine World where a variety of marine animals are on display such as sharks and turtles. Daily seal and dolphin shows are held at the dolphinarium.
Another popular attraction is the Fitszimons Snake Park. It is an important snake research centre where lectures and venom-milking demonstrations are held for the public. The park is inhabited by a host of South African and exotic snake species. The park places a strong emphasis on education and the important role snakes play in their natural environment
Some of the more prominent towns of the KwaZulu Natal's Durban Metro region are Assagay, Beachfront, Berea, Botha's Hill, Cowies Hill, Durban City, Durban North, Eston, Gillits, Glenwood, Hillcrest, Inchanga, Kloof, La Lucia, Morningside, Mount Edgecombe, Musgrave, Pinetown, Sydenham, Umhlanga Rocks, Westville