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Street Scene Tours

187 Argyl Road, Durban, South Africa
+27 71 887 3079
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Ranked #3 of 45 Activities in Durban
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Street Scene Tours was created by Sthembiso Mbonanbi, Jonas Barausse and Richard Powell, in early 2010, with one unique goal set at its core; to... more » Owner description: Street Scene Tours was created by Sthembiso Mbonanbi, Jonas Barausse and Richard Powell, in early 2010, with one unique goal set at its core; to showcase Durban to Durbanites. As you can imagine this is by no means the conventional stance of a tour operator, but Street Scene is not your conventional tour operator. They are constantly exploring Durban and its surrounds, ever on the lookout for nuggets of history and the many hidden gems the province has to offer.Durban and its surrounding areas are filled with a rich tapestry of history which is largely unknown not only to tourists, but also its residents. After all, Mahatma Gandhi made Durban his home for many years, and it was just outside Durban that Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the 1994 elections that forever changed South Africa. The great King Shaka Zulu also spent much time on the very land upon which Durbanites now call home.From the city's architecture to its people, Street Scene aims to engulf its guests in all that is Durban. They started out with their focus on locals but soon realized that when you create a set of tours that residents of the city love, you are guaranteed to have tours that visitors to the city will find riveting and unique. There is nothing conventional about Street Scene Tours, and that's just the way we like it. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Cannot recommend this enough! We had an absolutely awsome time and are already planning to do it again for my sisters birthday! Even as a durbanite, if you havnt done this you are missing out! Thanks Street Scene!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Did the Shebeen tour with a heap team of Durban oaks! was a top way to kill a Saturday!! Tour bus was early and waiting for us, Jonas and his crew were into the tour as much as us. The 4 Shebeen pubs we hit were totally different and excellent with a massive braai feed half way through the day!!... More

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

Shisanyama and Shebeens...what a combo! What a crowd! Such a privilege exploring with you and your friends. Thanks for choosing Street Scene :) More

London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The street scene tour of Durban was the most wonderful experience during our time in Durban. Having started the tour without much idea of what to expect I was totally blown away by the diversity of the culture within the city. Seeing the traditional herb markets, the Ghandis house and the ANC monument were fantastic however a drink in the... More

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to explore a city and a culture with us :) More

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I always feel that if you can be impressed with something "tourist" in your home town, then it is probably beyond awesome. Well touring shebeens in the townships of Durban was exactly that, for the first time in my life I actually embraced being a tourist in my home town. You will undoubtedly meet some amazing people, laugh and joke... More

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

Best quote: "If I could tell you to do two things while in Durban. They would be. One: Grab a bunny chow Two: Go on a Street Scene - Shebeen Tour." Thanks for joining us on that adventure and for the awesome pics! More

London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Last year my wife and I went on the "Shebeen" tour with these guys. We went from local watering hole, to local watering hole, stopping off between beers at various historical sites, a rastafarian community cave and a dip in Inanda dam. By the end I was nicely boozed but also discovered many new parts of my home town Durban.... More

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

We've got tours for all tastes. Glad we managed to put something together that catered for yours. The Shebeen Tour is ALWAYS a good time. Thanks for choosing Street Scene :) More

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

As a local Durbanite and having done their tours five times i'm still amazed by our city and super impressed by Street Scene. Their unique way to capture Durban and all its interesting facets keep me going back for more. It's a must do for foreigners and locals.

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

We should get you a loyalty card like coffee shops have :) Thanks for all the support More

Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I really enjoyed my tour of Durban with Street Scene Tours - the guides are local guys, super friendly and fun, and really knowledgeable. You get to see some cool places that you would have never otherwise known about or visited on your own. Highly recommended if you want to see other sides to Durban beyond the obvious touristy spots.

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

Hey Sarah, I hope your globe trotting adventures are keeping all your readers filled with that unique mixture of jealousy and that motivation to do it themselves that we've come to expect. It was a pleasure having you explore with us and exchange stories. May the adventures never stop! More

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Being a Durbanite and feeling like I was on holiday in some exotic place was amazing. These guys take you off the beaten track and show you a beautiful side of my home rarely seen or explored. Every time I've been has been enlightening, informative and overall a great time. Can't wait for my next tour.

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

Hey Gregan, Always a pleasure taking Durbanites on our tours. We like to think of it as spreading the Durban Ambassador spirit. Helps to brag about a city when its citizens brag about the city too. Not just us Tour Operators. Have a great day and thanks again for choosing SS. More

Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I was completely blown away by the amount of history and treasures that were in the city I grew up in. Thanks Street Scene for showing me what a magical place Durban really is. I now walk these streets with pride!

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Campo Mourao, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Me and my friend had a wonderful time visiting some areas of Durban that we probably wouldn't have visited on our own. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience thanks to Thabo, our guide. And our trip to Sani Pass couldn't have been better. Our guide that day, Rudi, turned the tiring hours inside the car into super funny moments we'll... More

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JonasBarausse, Owner at Street Scene Tours, responded to this review

The pleasure was truly all ours. Thank you for letting Street Scene be a part of your KZN adventure! All the best, Jonas More

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