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 Read more…
A few days ago I was booked for a day tour to Isandwlana and Rorkes Drift. Lately we’ve had some extraordinarily warn weather, the temperature at Isandlwana reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 F). And although this is hotter than usual, the British would have had a similar heat during the Anglo Zulu war campaign!
One of my favorite tours to conduct is a Durban City Day Tour. I love Durban city, the old Victorian style architecture mixed with the Miami-esque art deco and modern architecture; the bustle of people on the street. I even enjoy the crazy mini-bus taxi’s as they dive into non-existent Read more…
What’s There To Do?
Every now and again I get a call from visitors to our fabulous city about what there is to do in a day. I also get the same call from friends who had lived in the city their entire lives (shame on you!). So I’ve decided to to finally get round to posting what I’m hoping will be the “ultimate list of awesome things to do in Durban in a day!“.
Not much more is heard from Gardiner during the rest of his stay in Port Natal. Not long after his self-imposed exile into the bush, Dingane attacked a Boer deportation causing an uproar in Durban which in turn lead to a panicked evacuation onto a coasting vessel (the Comet) in the bay, which included Gardiner. Gardiner was never to return to Durban after the vessel sailed away on 11th May 1838, most hands were against him and the Zulu’s had destroyed his mission stations in Berea and Tongaat.
Gardiner who originally arrived in South Africa and Durban specifically to spread the word of God, was not quite finished with his stint with the politics of the time. He promptly left the township of Durban for the Cape in order to ask Sir Benjamin D’Urban to take the area over as a colony and to appoint proper officials. After a false start which saw Gardiner having to return to Durban in order to avoid a native war, he was able to meet up with the Cape Colony Governor in Port Elizabeth on the 3rd December 1835.
Gardiner’s life at this point seemed to be progressing along at a pace he could only be satisfied with. He had a mission that was going strong, and had made numerous inroads with the local natives and Europeans at the settlement. There was one aspect though, that still needed to be tackled, and that was the safety of the settlement.
At the top of Berea Road on the corner of Julia Road, not far from McCords Hospital, is a little cemetery and church that if you were to blink whilst driving past, you’d miss it entirely! Within the graveyard lies the remains of Julia, the 12 year child of Captain Gardiner. It’s here that the first mission in Durban was established, and here where the name “Berea” originated. Capt. Gardiner was a fascinating man, a man of contradictions who’s death was not only immensely sad but equally bizarre, and who’s time in Natal seems to have been conveniently forgotten in historical accounts of him. (more…)