Saturday Mornings in Durban
Every Saturday morning the Essenwood Craft Market is held at the Berea Park. Just up the road from Musgrave Centre and around the corner from St Thomas Anglican Church, the market offers everything from clothing to curios, toys and jewellery, art and food.
Once you’re done with the market, there are a number of interesting places to visit. St Thomas church is one of the oldest in Durban and is today situated not too far from where Capt. Allen Gardiner began his ill fated mission. Although not nearby, the graveyard holds the remains of Julia Gardiner, the 12 year daughter of Capt Gardiner who died before making landfall in 1837.
Originally an Ostrich farm, the Mitchell Park Zoo is named after Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell, a one time Governor of Natal. The Zoo was home to “Nellie the Elephant”, a gift from the Maharaja of Eyesore, and today hosts a number of animal attractions. Nearby is a fenced children’s playground and a restaurant called the “Blue Zoo”.
The oldest botanical gardens in Africa are also nearby, the Durban Botanical Gardens. Within the grounds is a small lake, Curries Fountain and a small outdoor coffee shop. Other items of interest within the grounds is the Garden of Senses, the Sunken Garden and the Fern Dell.