Durban Botanical Gardens Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 4th July 2015

    Durban city tour

     

     

    We began our Durban city tour north of Durban in an area which used to be covered with reeds, Umhlanga!(Zulu for reeds).

     

    We took the old road into Durban the M4 and crossed over the Umgeni river where the Blue Lagoon is now and made our way towards the NMR(Natal mounted rifles) passing the Suncoast casino and visiting the Moses Mabida stadium. This stadium was built for the 2010 soccer world cup that South Africa hosted and was named after one of the many freedom fighters, fighting against the apartheid government for the liberation of all.

     

     

     

     

    Durban city tour; Moses Mabida stadium

    Durban city tour; Moses Mabida stadium

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We sadly could not do up the stadium as they were doing maintenance to the sky car but we made another plan and visited the Globe in Morningside which also has a great view of the city. Ironically the Globe covers the pumps as that area of land is a reservoir.

     

    Our Durban city tour then took shape and we headed down the Golden mile and area which has been revamped in recent years and is looking amazing and is very safe for people to walk, run, bicycle and even take the dog for a stroll!

     

     

    By the time we completed the golden mile we made our way past Ushaka marine world an amazing aquarium and visited the Vasco da Gama clock which is remembrance of his discovery of Durban or as it was known the “Rio de Natal” The Christmas river.

     

     

     

     

    Durban city tour; Monument for Natal

    Durban city tour; Monument for Natal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The clock itself was revamped as well but still looks like it needs a bit more work.

     

     

     

     

    Durban city tour; Vasco da Gama clock in Durban

    Durban city tour; Vasco da Gama clock in Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Moving our Durban city tour just a short way down the road we stopped at the Statue of Dick King the man that managed to save Durban from a Dutch invasion by alerting the garrison in Grahamstown 960 kilometers west of Durban! He made the trip on horse back and completed it in 10 days and 10 nights!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban city tour; Dick King statue, the man that saved Durban

    Durban city tour; Dick King statue, the man that saved Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We stopped at the Wilsons warf and looked at the old building of the Yacht club established in the 1850’s yes and that in not a TYPO!

    Prior to that we also passed the old Vic Bar which is a bar where all the sailors would come in and have drinks.

     

    After this we moved our Durban city tour to the center of Durban the CBD and I showed my client the wide streets which were used to turn the ox wagons in the early days of Durban as it was a trading port.

     

    We then moved to the Berea and Morningside areas of Durban the more upmarket areas but not before passing the Warwick street markets and Victoria street market.

     

    It was now time to visit the Botanical gardens and it was here we had a lovely walk around the gardens.

     

    There is a lot of Exotic plants but also some indigenous ones. It is well worth a visit on a Durban city tour.

     

     

     

     

    Durban city tour; Sculpture depicting the Sardine run

    Durban city tour; Sculpture depicting the Sardine run

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above sculpture depicts a Great White Shark feeding on a Seal and lots of Sardines, Cape Gannets and even a turtle. This is an amazing thing which takes place annually when a small stream of cold water is pushed by currents east into the Indian ocean of KwaZulu Natal and the Sardine get trapped in it. As the water warms the Sardines may beach themselves in the search for the cooler water they enjoy. This happens around end June.

     

    As we continued our walk in the Botanical gardens on our Durban city tour we spotted a lovely philosophical sign.

     

     

     

     

    Durban city tour; Plaque in Botanical gardens Durban

    Durban city tour; Plaque in Botanical gardens Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way onto Florida road the major party street in Durban as well as to the Globe before winding our way back to the Moses Mabida stadium and back to Umhlanga.

     

    It had been a great Durban city tour!

  • 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.