ORIENTAL AND HISTORICAL TOURS
Both tours starts at the same time. 09h30 and 13h30, Bookings are to be made at least a day in advance. Cost is at R100.00 for adults and R75.00 for children and learners in their full uniform.
The tours are conducted on Monday - Saturday. On Saturdays we only offer a morning tour as the office closes @ 14h00.
Tours can be booked telephonically on 031 322 4173 / 031 322 4205 or by visiting our information office at the North Beach, Old Pavillion Site, corner of O.R. Tambo Road ( Former Marine Parade) and K E Masinga Road (former Old Fort Road)
Meeting place is at the Tourist Junction, 160 (Monty Naicker ) Pine Street. Durban. (the Old Station Building)
A) THE ORIENTAL WALK-ABOUT
Talks about Durban’s first railway which started at the Point and that this area was the old Durban Station. Discuss the three buildings: the main building, the old Platform ( now the Virgin Active Health and Fitness Club) and the Workshop ( now a Shopping Mall)
Talk about Gandhi, and insight and culture of Durban’s Indians and Zulus. Why Indians came out as indentured labourers.
Mention the City’s variety of Architectural styles. The tour then goes up Commercial Road and along Grey Street, mentioning all points of interest. Then it goes through the Arcades and an organized tour through the Juma Musjid Mosque.
The Tour proceeds to the Emmanuel Cathedral, its history and restoration. A brief introduction at the Inyangas explaining the difference between Inyanga’s and Sangoma’s and the Traditional Zulu Muti Market.
Then visit the Meat and the Fish Markets and then into the Victoria Street Market (Indian Market)
B) THE HISTORICAL WALK-ABOUT.
This goes through the City, Farewell Square, looking at historical buildings. Anglican Church, first City Hall ( now the Main Post Office), the present City Hall, gargoyles etc. on the old Receiver of Revenue building, the Local History Museum ( which was the Old Court House).
Go inside the City Hall, to the Natural Science Museum and the Durban Art Galleries.
Talk about the History of the various statues in Farewell Square, commemorative plaques, struggle heroes on the pavement in front of the City Hall steps. Talk about the Cenotaph and commemorative walls. Mention and point out buildings and aspects of Durban’s rich and unique architectural styles. Mention of Art Deco style which is also of international interest.