Around the World Together Leg 1: Durban to Sodwana Bay 357km
Our starting point was Durban so here’s a bit of a Durban Fact Sheet.
The reason we started in Durban is because Gumby was born in Durban and it seemed like as good a place as any to start!Durban was formally known as Port Natal when British Settlers arrived in 1824 and King Shaka of the Zulu Tribe agreed to a treaty for its use. In 1835 it was renamed Durban, after a British chap called Benjamin D’Urban.
It is the third largest city in South Africa.
Coordinates 29.8587° S, 31.0218° E
Warmest months are Jan – March with an average high 29C and low 21C
Coldest months are June – July with an average high 24C and low 11C
Rainfall: Summer rainfall more than 100mm per month from October to March, dropping to as little as 18mm in the winter months.
More than the heat, it is often the high humidity that makes life uncomfortable during the summer months. April/May has a good balance of warm weather with comfortable humidity and cooler nights.
With this wonderful climate much of daily life happens outdoors (hooray for outdoor cooking and swimming pools!). Note that the hours of sunshine (daylight) are 10.5 hours in the winter months and only as high as 14 hours in the summer – this results in early starts – often as early as 5.30am – with schools starting between 7.30 and 8.15 am. On the plus side, they close between 2 & 3pm so there is still time to enjoy the sunshine!
Traditionally, schools have their long summer break from the beginning of December for 6 weeks with the winter holiday being taken in July for approximately 3 weeks. The ‘builders’ holiday’ has become the main holiday period for many, with very little happening economically from 16th December until well into the New Year.
Population: The population of Durban has been fairly stable over the last 50 years, sitting at around 700,000. Rather more than when first recorded in 1863 which was approximately 5,000 in total.
The Golden Mile, Aquariums, museums, shark diving are some of the many fun things to do in Durban. Here are some great activities to do (including with kids). Picture Credit from same blog – Just Go Places
There’s loads more great pics and ideas here too
If you want to join in the free, virtual Moving 2 Remember – Around the World Together adventure, here’s how it works.
1) Complete event registration form. This only needs to be done once.
2) Decide how you are going to record the distances you do. Kilometres please.
3) Get moving! However you like – walking, running, swimming, cycling, using a wheelchair….. whatever way you want to get up and move is fine. Just make sure you measure your distance.
4) Fill in the Activity Log form after every activity
Ta da!!! It’s that easy! 😁