Why Durban rules as SA's highest quality of life city

2016-02-24 14:46 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - The East Coast paradise city of Durban has been ranked as the city in SA with the highest quality of life offering, for the second year running.

This is according to the annual Mercer report, which ranks cities around the world according to the quality of life they offer residents.

The reports mentions Cape Town in the 92nd position on the global rankings, and Johannesburg features in 95th position. But none trumps Durban that sits firmly in 85th position. 

Compared to other African and Middle Eastern countries, the three SA cities rank as the 4th and 5th most Liveable Cities in this category.

See the Top 5 most Liveable Cities in the region here: Three SA cities among the world's top places with the highest quality of living

Durban is an established tourists destination in SA, and is increasingly becoming one of the must-visit cities in the world. 

In 2015, Durbs joined the ranks of the New7Wonders cities, and also made it to the 7th position on the New York Times' list of 52 Places to Go

Durban is also seen as the proudly South African version of the famed Miami strip. 

READ: Durban: An African Miami in the making

In December 2015, KwaZulu-Natal experience a R3bn festive season tourism splurge, confirming that Durban is one of the hottest destinations on travellers' bucketlists. 

READ: R3bn Festive season tourism splurge proves why KZN is a 2016 must-visit

Investors and travel operators are also seeing Durban's potential, with many new flight routes and airlines operating to and from the KZN capital since last year.

We love Durban for its chilled-out vibe, hot adventure offering and even hotter food! 

Here are 5 reasons to make Durban and surrounds your next Shot Left:

It's an underwater wonderland!

SEE: 9 Places locals love in KZN


READ: The local food-lover’s guide to Durban and surrounds

The Midlands Meander

SEE: A Meander through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

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The Drakensberg

READ: Taming the Dragon: 21 things to do in the Drakensberg

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The Culture

SEE: Blood, guts, shame and glory - Taking a Cultural Road Trip through SA

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