Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, is the biggest city on the Indian Ocean and one of the busiest ports in all of Africa. The name “Durban” means “bay” or “lagoon.” In other words, this is a city closely tied to water – so it’s not surprising that it’s a popular beach destination.
South Africa doesn’t have one capital city – it has three, one for each branch of government. In addition, a fourth city – Johannesburg – is the site of the country’s Constitutional Court. The court is an important historic place in the city, at Constitution Hill.
In 1946, Nelson Mandela moved into a small house in Johannesburg’s Soweto neighborhood. This is the house in which he lived with his wife Winnie when he was arrested in 1962 and later thrown in prison for what would end up being 27 years. He returned to the house for a short time in 1990 upon his release, and today the house is the Mandela Family Museum.
Some places don’t really come into focus until you can see the big picture. Cape Town can be sampled in different areas – the trendy V&A Waterfront, the white sandy beaches, the majestic Table Mountain – but until you can see it from the air you can’t quite put it all into context. Luckily, there are tours that will get you up in the air over Cape Town.