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Street Scene Tours

39 Station Drive | 4th Floor, The Design Factory, Durban, South Africa
+27 82 495 5521
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Ranked #3 of 49 Activities in Durban
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Street scene took us on a one day trip around the real Durban. It was a really amazing experience !!! The tour ended at a pub in the township of KwaMashu, not a tourist trap for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

.. was without a doubt the Street scene tour of Durban with our guide Sthembiso. I truely enjoyed seing the real and genuine side of the local life in Durban. I was fascinated, impressed, humbled and saddened by the amazing people, the history of Durban and South Africa. From the local market, to Gandhi's house, walking in Mandalas footsteps and... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Second time i used Street Scene in Durban. As last time it was perfect again. The tour around Durban and was very interesting and our "Captain Sthembiso" was amazing. Thank you for the great tour which took us around central durban, townships, local markets and other interesting things.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I had a young German rotary student staying with me and I wanted to show her the rich, cultural side of our wonderful country. I needed a professional tour operator to take us through a township and had heard about Street Scene - well all I can say is that it was truly amazing to be guided through areas that... More

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Street Scene was absolutely amazing. The culture, history and experience is something everyone should do. Has given me such an appreciation for KZN and Durban City Life.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Jonas and his team are really efficient and understanding... They complied with all our quieries in a record time, many thanks to them... The entire group was more than satify of the visit.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I organised a streetscene Shebeen tour as an office event for my colleagues. There was initial skepticism regarding the safety of the tour, but I can honestly say that nobody felt threatened at any stage; in fact, we felt extremely accommodated by the locals. We began our tour at Hlabisa tavern, moved onto Sifiso's Shebeen - and to be honest,... More

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The highlight of our KZN trip was the Super Scene tour with Street Scenes which included the overnight in a BnB in KwaMashu. We wanted to learn as much as possible about Durban in an authentic way and this experience exceeded our expectations. Sthembiso, our tour guide, had such in depth knowledge of the culture, history and people of Durban... More

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South Africa
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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

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