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  • 4th July 2014

    Durban City Tour – 2nd July 2014

    I collected my clients for there Durban City Tour  which had already done a 3 Day Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve, Durban Safari Tour. Once we got going we covered more of the in depth History of Durban and I showed the clients along the Golden Mile(beach front).

    We pasted Ushaka marine world a world renowned Aquarium and Marine Park before heading to Wilsons Warf and The Royal Durban Yacht Club Established in 1858.

    Durban City Tours can be done in varied time this Durban City Tour take 4 hours to cover some of the major sights and experiences in the Durban City area.

    At Wilsons Warf we boarded a small boat to have a look around the harbour of Durban which was a natural harbour discovered by Vasco Da Gama on Christmas Day of 1497. He then named it Rio de Natal(The Christmas River).

    Old Anchor from a ship wreak at Wilsons Warf Durban on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Old Anchor from a ship wreak at Wilsons Warf Durban on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    From the Boats Jetty we looked at some Pelicans before departing and looking at the Sugar Terminal where Durban Exports it Sugar all over the world.

    Pelican and Cormorants resting at Wilsons Warf Durban on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Pelican and Cormorants resting at Wilsons Warf Durban on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Sugar Terminal at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Sugar Terminal at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    South Africa does something weird as we export most of our sugar and import Sugar from Brasil for South Africans Larger consumption. So the larger bags of sugar in the supermarkets and the cheaper sugar is from Brasil.

    The next point of interest was the Scrap metal yard in the harbour. Durban Exports all its scrap metal to India and China and they send us all there plastic toys….Lol.

    Scrap metal yard at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Scrap metal yard at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    We then spotted the container ships on the other side of the harbour!

    Container ship at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

     

    Container ship at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    The last major part to the harbour apart from the Fruit export section which I did not Picture if the Auto Exporter Ship. We produce Toyota vehicles in Durban and Merc C Class and export them around the world.

    Durban City Sky line and car export ship at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014
    Durban City Sky line and car export ship at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    What is interesting about this picture of our Durban City Tour is that in the top left corner you can see a cylindrical section at the top of a building. This is one of around 30 revolving restaurants in the world!

    Royal Natal Yacht Club at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014
    Royal Natal Yacht Club at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    The Royal Natal Yacht Club established in 1858 is on of the oldest clubs/buildings in Durban. It used to only allow White men to enter and also wouldnt allow women to enter its doors. I believe this has definitely changed now…

    Durban Manor Hotel on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Durban Manor Hotel on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Durban Manor Hotel was built in 1901. This building is on route to the Dick King Statue where we would go next to learn about Dick Kings heroics in 1838-1842 in alerting the Grahamstown British commanding officer of the Dutchs’ attach on Durban City.

    Dick King Statue at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Dick King Statue at Durban harbour on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Dick King began his epic 960 km trek to Grahamstown with a Black fellow called Undongeni who could only last a couple days into the 10 day and 10 night mission which Dick King completed on his own. Reasons of Chaffing causing Undongeni to return to Durban.

    As we departed the Dick King Statue we headed to the Botanical gardens in the Berea area a wealthy area of Durban. Here I showed the clients around the Indigenous and exotic plants that are on show in the Botanical gardens.

    African Spoon Bill at the Botanical Gardens on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    African Spoon Bill at the Botanical Gardens on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

     In the Botanical Gardens we also came across this beautiful African Spoon Bill and a Grey Heron on a Nest.

     

    Grey Heron on nest at the Botanical Gardens on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014
    Grey Heron on nest at the Botanical Gardens on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    Once we were done in the gardens it was a visit to Florida road the Night life street of Durban full of bars, restaurants and Night Clubs. From her it was time to head to the Moses Mabida Stadium.

    Statue of Moses Mabida at Moses Mabida Stadium on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014
    Statue of Moses Mabida at Moses Mabida Stadium on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    The Moses Mabida Stadium was built for the 2010 soccer World cup and was named after Moses due to his role in fighting against Apartheid pre 1960. In 1960 he was sent to exile, Moses Mabida was part of the MK( Mkhonto we Sizwe) – The armed Struggle. This began around 1960 after Nelson Mandela took an opportunity to begin this violent struggle when Chief Albert Lutuli left South Africa to collect his Noble Peace Prize in Oslo.

    Picture of the Moses Mabida Stadium on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014
    Picture of the Moses Mabida Stadium on our Durban City Tour 2 July 2014

    This was our last major stop on our Durban City Tour and we headed past the Casino back to the beach front where the clients would do a spot of shopping before heading home.

    A great Days weather for our Durban Day Tour around the city of Durban.