We began our KwaZulu Natal midlands tour in the Durban area and made our way up to the Nelson Mandela Capture site near Lions river. It would be here where our historical tour would begin!
In 1962 on the 5th of August the late Nelson Mandela was captured on his way from Johannesburg to Durban where he was meeting Chief Albert Luthuli who ironically had won the noble peace prize in 1960! Mandela had been plotting to overthrow the Apartheid government.
On the one side of the road the plaque commemorates this day.
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.
I met my client in Umhlanga north of Durban for his Drakensberg private day tour and it was an early start. I was there at 05:30 for 6am and we then drove to Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg and where the temperatures dropped to 0 Degrees Celsius. It was going to be a cold day!
I met my client from Scotland at his hotel in Durban for his Durban private tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills.
On route we chatted about some of the History of Durban and KwaZulu Natal but mostly chatted about general things that we are going through as a country as we would be spending 4 days together.