Durban, the cosmopolitan, economic powerhouse of Kwazulu Natal, is home to the busiest port in Africa. With its mild, sub-tropical climate, golden beaches and attractive hilly landscape, Durban is a popular tourist destination and place to live and work. Zulu, Indian and European influences all contribute to the rich cultural tapestry of the city. Ushaka Marine World, one of the leading tourist attractions in Durban is the largest marine theme park in Africa. Durban is also the gateway to the Drakensberg mountains, the historic Kwazulu Natal Midlands and the resorts of the South Coast and North Coast.
Durban has exceptional golf courses and other sports facilities and stadiums, including Kings Park (ABSA Stadium) and Kingsmead Cricket Ground. South Africa's top horse race, the Durban July is an annual event at Greyville racecourse. The city also has fine schools and tertiary education institutions. The main industries are sugar refining, shipbuilding and ship repairing, petroleum refining, fishing, automobile assembly, and the manufacture of food products, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, soap, footwear, and textiles.