Durban is the third largest city in South Africa, and January is a great time to visit it.
As far as getting in is concerned, there are more than many options from Britain’s airports including flights to Durban from Heathrow, Manchester, New Castle, Gatwick, Aberdeen, Edinburg, London City, Birmingham, Glasgow or Dublin (Ireland). However, if you are planning to fly direct, you can have direct flights to Johannesburg or instead get non-stop flights to Cape Town from where you can book domestic flights onwards to Durban. Also consider staying in Cape Town or Johannesburg for a couple of nights. As the whole country is full of extraordinary places to see and visit.
Out of the many attractions in Durban city, other than its luxurious warm water beaches and blue lagoons, Francis Farewell Square also known as Luthuli Square is worth a visit to sneak a peek in the city’s great history.
The Francis Farewell Square, quite like Time’s Square remains packed with tourists and locals alike. Located outside the City Hall, Francis Farewell Square is said to be the place where Lieutenant Francis Farewell pitched camp in 1824 with a group of settlers, and therefore plays a vital role for those interested in understanding the country.
One of the many reasons why a majority flocks to Francis Farewell Square is the collection of monuments from each page of South African history. It is here than you can see the monuments to those who fell in World War I and II, as well as the Boer Wars. The monument to those of who lost their life in the Boer War takes the form of a pedestal depicting scenes from the battles that were fought to relieve Ladysmith.
The most iconic cenotaph, which is Durban’s major landmark, is also here, that depicts a soldier’s spirit departing from his body, supported by two angels. It is the largest monument in South Africa.
Other nearby monuments include one that marks the position of the Voortrekker camp during the siege of 1842, another at Congella Station commemorating those Voortrekkers who died during the siege and another in memory of Boer women and children who died in the concentration camp at nearby Jacobs.
Also, a monument to Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Louis Botha and one to Queen Victoria are also standing upright here.