In 1497, Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama anchored at present day Durban and named it Rio De Natal (Christmas River), later changed to Port Natal. In 1823, British settlers established a permanent settlement. In 1835, Port Natal was renamed Durban in honor of then Cape Colony Governor, Sir Benjamin D'Urban.
Today, Durban is South Africa's second busiest port and beach resort.
Durban International Airport provides air transportation for the city.