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DURBAN: SEA, SPORT, SHOPPING AND SCHOOLS

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Now just two-and-a-half hours away with Proflight Zambia

Proflight Zambia’s 50-seat CRJ jet -  heading to Durban from September 22

Proflight Zambia’s 50-seat CRJ jet – heading to Durban from September 22

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA One of South Africa’s most popular cities is Durban, and from this month Lusaka residents can fly direct from Lusaka thanks to a new three-times-a-week service by Proflight Zambia.

The city lies at the heart of the east coast and is the ideal springboard from which to access the many attractions of KwaZulu Natal Province.

The city has quietly become one of South Africa’s most visited places over the past few years due to its blossoming tourism and other attractions. As a coastal city, it has enjoyed peace and relative prosperity. The city’s trade with the outside world as a result of its seaport has continued to add value. The often busy port has helped established links between South Africa and many nations across the ocean all of which has influenced the Durban’s vibrant culture. This city’s rich cultural diversity is what gives it a vibrancy enjoyed by everyone including South Africans from other cities. By far the largest section of Durban is Zulu speaking.

Fun on Durban beach

Fun on Durban beach

The city’s coastal position, its tropical climate and endless opportunities to get out into the great outdoors have helped attract businesses and international travellers world over. For many people, especially tourists, the city offers plenty of attractions to see. Inland there is KwaZulu Natal’s excellent wildlife reserves that provide the perfect Durban safari in the city.

Visit Durban this summer for a range of tourist’s attraction. Buy Zulu crafts and artwork at the beachfront market. Spend a few hours browsing around the Durban beachfront market. You will find wonderful examples of traditional beadwork and basketry for sale

The beaches in Durban are perfect for swimming and relaxing. The water is warm and is a favourite spot for the surfing crew who like to frequent the place in search of great waves. Both North and South beach are ideal for swimming as the water is protected from sharks. If you get there this summer, you might even be swimming with a friendly dolphin.

The world class uShaka Marine World opened to the public in 2004. uShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. uShaka brings together cultures, like no other place in Africa – into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the day-time operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.

Visit Durban’s Botanical Gardens founded in 1849. This is the oldest gardens of its kind in Africa. Free to enter, the gardens also host concerts and events throughout the year, although you will have to pay for these. Check out the stunning orchid collection and the impressive arboretum this summer.

1.Proflight Zambia’s 50-seat CRJ jet -  heading to Durban from September 22.

1. Proflight Zambia’s 50-seat CRJ jet – heading to Durban from September 22.

The city regularly hosts world-class musical events, cultural functions and sporting activities, and was recently selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. A host of trade and consumer exhibitions are also lined up for coming months.

Watch the Sharks’ last home game of the season at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Friday, September 25, or catch Roxette, Rodriquez or a Dire Straits tribute band in concert. Then there is the Good Food & Wine Show, the House & Garden Show and the Wedding Expo.

And of course Durban boasts some of the finest shopping experiences on the continent, if not the world.

Today, as one of South Africa’s most important cities, Durban is getting more and more connected with the outside world. This connection is not only through one means of transport by sea but also by air through its airports dotted around the city.  Its major airports are now linking it to many countries with new direct flights opening up links to Durban.

The port of Durban is the ninth largest harbour in the world and has become the busiest cargo port and container terminal in Southern Africa. Make a stopover and enjoy the cruise liners that have become increasingly popular as holiday options or use your trip to do business and cement trade links.

Durban is also home to a number of world-renowned schools that attract pupils from Zambia as well as elsewhere across Africa.

Fun on Durban beach

Fun on Durban beach

As the city’s international arrivals continue to go up, Zambia’s Proflight airline opened up its direct flights to Durban making it one of the country’s most affordable international destinations to reach and explore.

Proflight Zambia starts direct flights to Durban from September 22, 2015, with three-times-a-week service to Durban using its 50-seater CRJ-100 aircraft.

P0024 will leave Lusaka at 11:00hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Durban at 13:30hrs. The returning P0025 flight will leave Durban at 14:10hrs on Tuesdays and Thursdays arriving in Lusaka at 16:40hrs. On Sundays P0023 will leave Durban- at 12:00hrs and arrive back in Lusaka at 14:30hrs.

Fares start from $210 pp / K1,785 one-way excluding taxes, with children at half price.