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The main tourism center for Durban, Tourist Junction, is conveniently located on the site of the old railway station, in the center of Durban. You will see the flags flying and the marble entrance - the offices are upstairs. This center has information and consultants, as you would expect, but also the offices of various associations, including the Natal Parks Board, tour operators, travel (road, rail and air) and accommodation agencies. So you can book your whole trip under one roof.
Every Saturday night (into the early hours of Sunday), you will find these groups in community halls throughout the townships: Isicathamiya Zulu male choirs competing. The title of this dance and musical style is a Zulu word that means "to walk or step on ones toes lightly." These choirs are immaculately dressed in suits and white gloves, and they dance and sing in unison and harmony. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the most recorded group of this style of entertainment. (Hear them on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album). Check local listings for various locations.
Durban Botanic Gardens are regarded by many as some of South Africa's most beautiful city park lands. In 1850, the original curator, Mr. Mark Johnson McKen, laid the groundwork for what it is today. Specialties include the Earnest Thorpe Orchid House, a Herb Garden, a Sunken Garden and the Garden for the Blind. There is an information center and a tea garden. There are live concerts held in the park regularly, throughout the year, and audiences are welcome to bring along a picnic basket. Multiple concerts take place in the hall and the event spaces in the gardens. Workshops and exhibitions are also held.
St Paul's was originally built in 1853, but was rebuilt in 1906 after a fire destroyed the original buildings. The new church was built in a Neo-Gothic style. From the outside, it is not much to look at, but the interior is beautiful. There are commemorative plaques on the walls to some of Durban's early settlers and there is a lovely, wood ceiling complemented by the stained-glass chancel windows. The chapel of St. Nicolas on the left of the aisle was part of the Mission to Seamen between 1899 and 1989.
This eccentrically named museum (Memorable Order of Tin Hats) holds a collection of military insignia, equipment and weapons, mostly dating back to World War II. The museum is small but conveniently located to the park, which contains the model of 'the old fort' and its simple defenses. This is the site where Afrikaaners laid siege to a superior British force, and the location for the Warrior's Gate Monument to fallen servicemen. There is a pub on-site at the museum.
A significant part of both Durban's government and architectural history, the Central Post Office was originally built in 1885 to serve as City Hall. A beautiful example of neo-classical architecture, this may be one of the most visually striking buildings in the city, particularly as it is set amidst the skyscrapers of the modern city center. Replaced by the current City Hall in 1910, the building now serves as the city's central post office, but its rich history still makes it a popular tourist attraction. One such historic event was a speech given by Winston Churchill on the step of the building in 1900, during the Anglo-Boer War, which is commemorated by a plaque.