It’s not very often you come across a tour company that is excellent in every way but Street Scene is one of these. From my very first contact by email from the UK I was treated in an exemplary manner...with politeness, great efficiency and with a refreshing helpfulness to make my week’s stay in Durban a great one. And it was indeed...in all I did 4 tours with them and it was hard to separate which ones I liked best, although the Sani Pass and Valley tours were remarkable.
The first tour I did was the City Tour which gave me a good overview of the city and it’s history. Lwazi also took me to some fascinating markets including the “herb” market where medicine is prepared (and you can’t take photos!) and led me to experience a “bunny chow”. A good introduction to urban Durban life.
The second was a trip of a lifetime up the Sani Pass into Lesotho. It was a long day from 6am to 7pm but worth every minute. First, Richard, one of the owners, drove us to Underberg which took a few hours, then we changed into a 4x4 with the ebullient Rudi who kept us thoroughly entertained whilst driving up to almost 10,000 feet....including the OMG corner overlooking a VERY steep drop! After having our passports stamped, visiting a local village and having homemade bread and beer in a village hut we spent time with local children before having a delicious lunch at the highest pub in Africa. We then came slowly down to the base of the pass and made our way back to Durban again.
The third trip was to the Valley of the 1,000 hills....our local guide took us to the river to tell us love stories, we visited the local Zulu primary school and then had a walk round the village culminating in meeting the head man’s first wife, the spiritual healer and having lunch in a family rondavel (using the food we’d bought in Durban market).
The fourth trip focussed on the heritage and townships of Durban....it was a moving experience to hear about Gandhi’s time there and see the place where Mandela cast his first vote. The tour around the townships was fascinating and I learned so much that was new....mainly because my guide Sthembiso had grown up and still lived there. I was also lucky to meet his Mum as we popped into his house on the chance that she was there!
All in all, I would recommend Street Scene without reservation to anyone who wants to see “normal” life in Durban and the surrounding areas...there’s not a tour bus in sight and that’s definitely not a bad thing!
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