Durban City Tour 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!

  • 16th October 2014

    Durban City Tour

     

    After collecting my clients from a Hotel in Durban we began our Durban City Tour along the Promenade of Durban beach front. We then headed out of the hub of Durban City up to the Berea and Morningside to the Durban Botanical Gardens.

    The Durban Botanical Gardens had a wide variety of indigenous trees and exotic trees and has been running since 1849 ish. This means that some of these trees are over 150 years old! After a lovely walk through these gardens and viewing of some bird life and monkeys we continued down to Florida road and the Globe. It is here where we look over Durban’s amazing city and chat more in depth on the deep history of this lovely area. We imagine it as it once was when the British Landed here in 1823 or when Vasco Da Gama sailed past in 1497!

    A Durban city tour is a short Durban Day Tour which only really takes 4 hours to covers sometimes a little longer depending on the interest of the client. I was happy that my clients were so interested in the History and this made my job so much easier.

    At this point we drove down to the amazing Moses Mabida stadium built for the 2010 soccer world cup and we also passed the “Natal Mounted Rifles” Building with there army tanks parked in the area.

    We took the Sky Car to the roof of the stadium and I must say being a little afraid of heights myself this is still not that bad as you have a solid floor beneath you and the Sky Car goes very slowly dropping you at the top in an enclosed area.

    Breath taking views are seen from the roof of this stadium!

     

    Durban City Tour picture from the Moses Mabida Stadium roof

    Durban City Tour picture from the Moses Mabida Stadium roof

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we had finished with the Stadium we headed along the Golden Mile from Sun Coast Casino down to South Beach and Ushaka Marine world. We then drove over the Point down to the Statue of “Dick King” who saved Durban from the Dutch forces in 1842 by getting to Grahamstown 960 Km away from Durban to alert the British Commander there to send reinforcements to Durban. It was due to him that Durban remained a British settlement.

    At this point it was time for a half hour harbour cruise and we got down to Wilsons Warf and onto the small boat. Once this was complete we briefly looked at the shops in the area and made our way back to the hotel having covered some of Durbans major points of Interest!

    This was a great Durban half Day 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.

  • 6th May 2014

    Durban Day Safari Tour off the Ocean Princess Cruise ship to Tala private game reserve, Durban City and Valley of 1000 hills craft shops 3rd May 2014

    We are very lucky to be based in Durban as the harbour brings in these huge ships like the Ocean Princess for a few months each year. This always give us a chance to show off our beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban to our clients. The main Safari Tours you can do from Durban harbour in a Day are a Durban Day Safari Tours to the Valley of 1000 Hills, Phezulu, Zulu Cultural village and reptile park, Tala Private game reserve and of course the City of Durban.

    Ocean Princess Cruise ship docks in Durban Harbour for our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    Ocean Princess Cruise ship docks in Durban Harbour for our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    After this Ocean Princess got settled into the Durban harbour the slow process of port control took place and then eventually I met my clients and we began our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve, Durban City and Valley of 1000 Hills craft shops. The clients were all Spanish speaking but came from Mexico, Venezuela and America.

    On Route I tried to cover bits of the History of the area of Durban but really it is very rushed but I hope the clients felt like they got enough to return again for a longer Durban Safari Tour.

    After about 45 Minutes we were in Tala private game reserve and we had a very easy time of it as the density of animals is so high that it makes my job very easy. This I actually told the clients. We were meant to spend a full day at Tala private game reserve but once you’ve seen everything twice there is not much else to do there. Fortunately the curio shop kept the clients happy for an hour as they haggled the prices down eventually all parties were happy and we continued on.

    Our first sighting in Tala Private game reserve on this Durban Day Safari Tour was Rhino, Blessbok, Impala, Wildebeest and Zebra all together…

    Female White Rhino on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    Female White Rhino on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    We edged on and kept seeing loads of animals on our Durban Day Safari Tour. Next was this dazzle of Plains Zebra!

    Zebra mother and foal on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    Again edging on we found more animals including this interesting situation where a Male Blessbok was sniffing a female to test to see if she was in season. It is now basically our mating season. Most animals have what is called a vermosal glad on the upper pallet of there mouths. When they sniff a female this will usually stimulate her to urinate. The male then tastes the urine and the Vermosal gland translates to him whether see is ready for mating or not! You see Durban Day Tours are not so boring after all!

    Blessbok Male test a female to see if she is in Season on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    Blessbok Male test a female to see if she is in Season on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    We continued on from her for a rest room break and the curio shop got attacked buy my clients. Im sure they were very pleased for the business. After we had done here an our later we went off to find the Giraffe which I had spotted from the reception near the picnic site. When we arrived there there was a lovely male giraffe in the picnic site. This was an idea opportunity to walk on foot to a large animal. We got within 15 meters and got some great photos before some idiot wandered closer chasing the giraffe away! I was mad but with clients you cant really show it. lol. Durban Day Safaris Tours always keep you on your toes.

    Male Giraffe on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve
    Male Giraffe on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    After this giraffe we visited the Hippo Hide a hut which overlooks the dam where you can enjoy the birdlife and the Hippos playing in the water. This is a great place to be on a Durban Day Tour!

    Hippos play in the water on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve
    Hippos play in the water on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    We left the Hippos to play in the water and drove around to the other side of the dam were we came across a very unusual sighting of female Ostriches cooling off in the water. Ive seen this before but it was like a ladies tea party where all the ladies no male made there way down to dam at that moment! It was really cool to see on our Durban day Safari.

    Ostriches cool off in the Water on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve
    Ostriches cool off in the Water on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala private game reserve

    We decided to depart from Tala private game reserve and make our way into the valley of 1000 hills to a couple of craft markets. We stopped by HillBilly’s and Pot and Kettle to look there and 30 min later we went to Phezulu to look at there shop as well. There was still time before the clients needed to be back on the ship so we did a bit of a Durban City Tour aswell which the clients commented “You have a beautiful City” That is another big thumbs up for Durban City and the Tourism guys! Well done!

    The end was coming on the Durban Day Tour and we made our way to the dock to get the clients back on the Ocean Princess cruise ship.

    It was a great Durban Day Safari.