KwaMashu is a township to the north-west of Durban. It’s here that in the 1950’s the non-white residents of Durban (Black, Indian and Colored peoples) were forced to move because of the introduction of the Group Areas Act. Today this area is home to about 200,000 people and is a vibrant suburb of Durban in it’s own right and on top of that, is leading the way in which cities in South Africa provide housing to it’s residents.
Over the last few weeks I’ve conducted a number of Durban township tours to not only KwaMashu township, but out to the towns of KwaNyswa and iSithumba in the Valley of 1000 Hills.
I also taken tours groups to the Mahatma Gandhi site in the Phoenix settlement as well as visited the Ohlanga School created by once of the most important figures in the ANC (the ruling party of South Africa currently), John Langlibalela Dube.
It’s also been great to introduce visitors to some of Durban’s best loved restaurants where many “bunny chow’s” and rotis have been wolfed down! We’ve also enjoyed some city walking tours of Durban, learning more about the history of the Indian people who arrived initially as indentured laborers.
And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve taken people up one of South Africa’s iconic mountain passes – Sani Pass. This is the only route from Natal into Lesotho and can be only be tackled by 4×4 vehicles.
The last few weeks have been full of fun activities and interesting people – and the next few weeks promise the same!