Durban – Franklin University

It is time for Durban – Day 9

After two fun filled days in St. Lucia, it was time to head to Durban, also along the coast. On their way, they visited Ongoye Forest and a scenic walk. Furthermore, they attended a lecture with Sharon Louw. She is involved with a lot of research and conservation in the forest and helps the locals to live sustainably of the forest.

What is the oNgoye  Forest?

Ongoye Forest is an exceptionally rare and diverse habitat. On the contraty, tt is probably the most famous example of the extremely rare scarp forests. The Ongoye range is well-drained by numerous fast-flowing streams. Umlalazi and its branches, the Thondo and the Intuze, is one of these fast-flowing streams. These are of great importance as a water catchment area. It has large array of rare and endemic tree and plant species that make it “a must” for the more discerning nature lover. In the past, the Zulu household protected the Ongoye forest. The medicinal value of the plants was the reason for the protection.

More about Durban

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is the third most populor city in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. Furthermore, it is the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. And lastly, located on the East coast of South Africa, Durban is famous for being the busiest port in the country. The city  is one of the major centers of tourism because of the its warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Durban has a population of about 3.44 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. As of May 2015, Durban is officially one of the New 7 Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur.

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