DURBAN ARTS & CULTURE TOUR
This is a 4 Day Fully Escorted Tour, including transport. Cost: R7 585 per person sharing, R8 530 single.
You will depart King Shaka International airport and meet our friendly tourist guide who welcomes you and accompanies you to the Ezweni Lodge. The Ezweni Lodge is a local run homestay in eNanda, a bustling part of Durban that is full of history and culture.
Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, engage in conversations with the locals or absorb the stunning views over the impressive eNanda Dam Reservoir from your patio.
In the evening, you join a Braai dinner, South Africa’s flavorful version of a BBQ, at the lodge, while listening to the local storytellers from Africa Ignite.
Accommodation: Ezweni Lodge - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast.
You start your day with a delicious breakfast before you get to know Durban’s cultural diversity on a full day Heritage Tour. Let our well-informed guide take you through his hometown and discover historical and cultural gems all over Durban.
A tour full of highlights and unique experiences where you visit to the WOW Zulu Marketplace and learn more about the local history and the beginnings of the struggle. Main attractions are the Ohlange Institute where the co-founder of the ANC J. L. Dube lived and where Nelson Mandela voted for the first time in 1994 as well as the Phoenix Settlement where Mahatma Gandhi spend several of his 21 years in South Africa, which changed him into the person that later liberated India.
For lunch, you visit one of the local taverns that serve divine food with a South African twist. Afterwards you watch locals brewing Zulu Beer and are welcome to join the tasting, before meeting a local Sangoma. Sangomas are the traditional healers, approached by the local community, which are able to communicate with ancestors and can heal certain diseases and problems with so-called Muti.
Accommodation: Ezweni Lodge – Lunch, Dinner, Bed, Breakfast.
After breakfast at the lodge, you are on your way to another exciting day full of interesting impressions in Durban. The first stop of today is at the various markets in the heart of Durban for a market tour. Smell the different aromas, listen to the vendors convincing the customers to buy their goods, taste the numerous fruits and vegetables sold here, learn about all the different herbs and medicines sold at the Muti market and bring home a souvenir or two from this fascinating and bustling place.
After the busy markets, you visit the quiet and relaxed Botanical Gardens to learn about the overwhelming diversity of plants in Durban and South Africa and their use to the local population. Admire hundreds of years old trees and unique plants that are worth fortunes, before you visit the Green Camp a non-profit organization that supports the transformation of unused urban spaces as well as re- and upcycling.
After you indulge in the food at Earthmother’s Organic, a tasteful restaurant and deli that serves organic, vegetarian and vegan meals, you visit the KZN Society of Arts. KZNSA is a combination of an art gallery, café and curious shop where they display pictures from local artists, sell handcrafted goods, locally produced clothing and fair-trade souvenirs.
In the afternoon, you check into the Mackaya Bella Guesthouse, a charming well-run Guesthouse in Glenwood. Mackaya Bella is focused on leaving a minimal sized footprint and engages in various sustainable activities such as recycling, solar energy, an indigenous garden, rainwater harvesting and irrigation and much more.
The rest of the afternoon can be spend at leisure, discovering more of the city or visiting the beautiful beaches of Durban before you revel in the food of the Market, a popular restaurant in Berea.
Accommodation: Mackaya Bella Guest House–Bed, Breakfast.
After a flavorful organic breakfast prepared at the Guesthouse you start your last morning of the tour. You spend the morning canoeing on the Inanda Dam Reservoir and travel to the top of eNanda Mountains for stunning views over the valley unrolling in front of you. At lunchtime, you eat at an authentic shisa nyama (isiZulu for “spicy meat” but vegetarian options are available too) in eNanda before our friendly guide takes you to the airport where you depart towards home. Hopefully to see you back soon in one of South Africa’s most beautiful places on your next holiday in this heavenly part of sunny KwaZulu-Natal.