DURBAN HERITAGE TOUR
This is a 4 Day Fully Escorted Tour, including transport. Cost: R8 010 per person sharing, R8 970 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. Afterwards you rest and prepare yourself for the next days that will teach you all about Durban’s colorful mix of cultures, traditions and beliefs and lets you experience this bustling city first handed.
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 the Africa Ignite, 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 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.
Following these interesting and unique experiences, you visit the Green Camp, a non-profit organization that supports the transformation of unused urban spaces as well as re- and upcycling. The Green Camp is located in an old ruin of a townhouse close to the city centre and perfectly combines European ideas of alternative communities with the friendliness and hospitality of South Africa.
Following this informative stop, you check into the Mackaya Bella Guesthouse a charming well-run Guesthouse in Glenwood, where It’s not just about being trendy and saving money. Being Green is an ethos – a way of life that is adapted and embraced. Mackaya Bella has been conceptualized as a green orientated establishment with its Green Tourism Accreditation and 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.
Relax in their cosy pool or lean back in the lush indigenous garden with a fresh beverage and a book before having dinner at one of the various delicious restaurants in the area on your own account.
Accommodation: Mackaya Bella Guesthouse –Bed, Breakfast.
After a freshly prepared organic breakfast at Mackaya Bella, your day starts with a drive to iSithumba for a Cultural Village Tour. Situated in a beautiful and green valley the surrounding Mountains make for a picturesque setting.
You start of the tour with a visit to the Head Man (Village Chief) of the village, who is happy to answer any questions you may have for him. Afterwards you meet the Spiritual Healer and find out why and how he does his work for local village people. Before your lunch you visit a Shebeen (Local Bar) and the local store and then sit down for a traditional Zulu meal cooked by one the of local ladies.
In the afternoon, you visit Mqeku Picnic Spot, a movielike setting at the point where the Mqeku and the uMngeni River meet. It includes natural rockslides and ponds, green lawns and giant fig trees that cater for one of the most beautiful picnic spots all over Durban. The site is 100% owned and run by the local community, ensuring that all benefits from this tour go directly to the community and its members.
For dinner, you visit the Olive & Oil restaurant in Glenwood, a family run institution that prepares fresh, seasonally available ingredients exceptionally well. After a scrumptious meal you can retire to a peaceful night sleep.
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 walk in the footsteps of the first Indians arriving in South Africa with a visit at the Courthouse Museum. You learn about this impressive and important part of South Africa and the unique mix of cultures and influences in Durban. You can extend your knowledge about Gandhi and add further impressions to the ones gained at the Phoenix Settlement. Afterwards you visit the Somsteu Road Temple, one of the oldest Hindu Temples in Durban that now also functions as a community and cultural centre while still fulfilling religious duties. Learn more about one of the five big religions in the world and meet community members that can provide deeper knowledge and understanding for the Indian heritage in Durban. Finish of the morning with a fantastic Bunny Chow, a Durban speciality prepared by locals that combine the Indian cuisine with a South African twist to a unique taste experience. After your delightful Indian Culture infused morning, 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 cities on your next holiday in this heavenly part of sunny KwaZulu-Natal.