The city of Durban is one of the most interesting cities to visit in South Africa. The area the city occupies today was once the territorial lands of the Zulu king, Shaka kaSenzangakhona. The first europeans who arrived to deliberately settle the area arrived only in 1824 and it was really only in the 1830’s the the little settlement was formalised and started to grow.
Sightseeing Tour of Durban City
I collected my Irish clients from their beachside hotel and we started on a city tour of Durban. I like to start off my tours at the beach; it’s why the province was named “Natal”, it’s why the city the grew and why the city continues to grow today.
We headed along the beachfront and I told my visitors about the early start of Durban and about the history of the early Zulu and British settlers. I pointed a number of interesting buildings and sites along the route as we headed into town.
One of my favorite places to visit is the Warwick markets. Here I walk clients through the Muthi Market, the Early Morning Market, the Cow’s Head Market as well at the Station Markets. These markets reflect the cultural changes to Durban, as well as the modern African vibrancy you just don’t get anywhere else in South Africa!
After some of the royals visited Durban back in the day, many sites celebrated the occasions but changing their names; one such site is the Victoria Market. Known for many years as the Indian Market, the modern site today lies not far from the original Indian site and is a bustling venue of traders and visitors alike!
City Center of Durban
After our stint in the markets we travel through to the city center where we have an opportunity to walk a bit around Farewell Square (also known as Market Square). At’s at this site the Farewell, one of the original settlers set up camp, and later on where new settlers were greeted by locals.
The square both in the past and still today is very often the site of local protests. With it’s park like atmosphere the square can often be filled with office workers from nearby businesses enjoying their lunch.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Next on our itinerary was a visit to the Moses Mabhida Stadium that was built for the World Cup in 2010. There’s a funicular that rides up the arch of the stadium that I like to take guests in. The car stops at the top of the arch and visitors can hop out and get the most amazing views of the city!
Finally we head onto Mitchells Park for lunch at the nearby restaurant called Blue Zoo. I love this place. Great food, perfect outdoor seating with a lovely view of the park and sounds of the birds chirping away, it’s always a great break on the day tour.
Finally we leave Blue Zoo and head to Florida Road for a bit of art and culture. There are a number of art galleries in Florida Road, as well as other interesting sites. And then it’s back to the hotel.
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Country and Coastal Touring CC
Country and Coastal Touring are registered guide and operators based in the city of Durban, South Africa. We offer a range of different tours, from one day city tours, to overnight safari tours and extended tours around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.
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