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Review of Street Scene Tours

Street Scene Tours
Ranked #5 of 71 Tours in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We booked last minute, day before, but were able to get a great tour to the Zulu village of iSithumba. On the drive there, Sthembiso, immediately started educating us on the history of the Zulu people and the Durban area in general. He was a walking, talking encyclopedia of South African history! We first went to a downtown Durban market to buy the food we would need for lunch. We had never been to a market like that before. It was busy and colorful and I will admit, we were not the best produce shoppers that day! But off we went! The village was peaceful, set in the Valley of 1000 Hills. Once there, a resident of iSithumba guided us around the village, to a "spaza" shop, to a rondevel, to meet a spiritual healer and down to their river where we made "love letter" bracelets. We then met back up with Sthembiso for lunch prepared by villagers. The plate must have weighed 5 pounds! But it was very good. We then drove back to our hotel and he continued to answer our questions about Zulu history. Great passion for his work and it felt like a very authentic experience. We had a lot of fun!

Thank Jeff B
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We had an aworsome township tour with street scene. They were friendly, hip and very knowledgeable. I must say it was the most fun and interesting Inanda Route Tour that I have been on.

Thank Kamohelo_Hlakoana
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We chose Street Scene over other tour providers because they came highly recommended by Frommer's and Trip Advisor. Even still, our experience with Street Scene far exceeded our expectations. We did two trips with Street Scene - Sani Pass and an overnight trip to Hluhluwe. Each experience was breathtaking, heart warming, and truly remarkable. Every member of the team is knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about their work. These qualities make a world of difference in a visitor's experience.

Our first tour (Sani Pass) was with Rudi whose energy, humour, and knowledge made the long drive incredibly entertaining and enjoyable. Once in the breathtaking Drakensberg mountains, Rudi was remarkably patient with our requests to stop for photos and he made sure to point out the best spots for pictures (and even gave some photography advice). At the top of the mountain, we enjoyed a great lunch in the highest pub in Africa while Rudi provided us with advice on how to make the most of our next adventure to Hhuhluwe. He then took us to meet a local family where we had the most spectacular time playing with the children and just laughing along with their very infectious giggles. We left Lethoso with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts.

Sthembiso, our tour guide to Hluhluwe, was simply wonderful. He's such a fantastic storyteller and shared so much about his culture and history as we drove towards Hluhluwe. We stopped at the Emdoneni Cat Rehab centre and marvelled at the once in a lifetime opportunity to spoon a cheetah and to hold baby Serval cats. We then headed into the park where Sthembiso helped us spot zebra, giraffe, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and buck. We later took a night game drive where we were up close and personal with an elephant, some rhino, hyenas, and chameleons. Following one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever l seen, we spend some time star gazing. The next day, we drove to St. Lucia for a hippo and croc tour while the amazing Sthembiso drove back to Hluhluwe to retrieve an artifact we had left behind. After driving back to Durban, we made an unplanned visit to the mall to do some shopping. Sthembiso generously offered to deliver our bags at our hotel the next day. Of course this was above and beyond the call of duty but just reflective of our experience across the board with Street Scene.

Yes, KZN is beautiful and you'll experience that on your own but the first rate team at Street Scene can help you experience and appreciate KZN's beauty in richer and more meaningful ways. Our experiences were worth every penny and every minute. Don't visit South Africa without making arrangements for a Street Scene tour.

Thank amfannon
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We had an outstanding tour experience with Sthembiso during a recent City Scene Tour.

He was highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject and extremely passionate about the prospects of Durban in particular and South Africa in general.

His positive demeanor was infectious and it enthused our group.

We were highly impressed by his ability to connect us with his subject matter and to provide us with succinct but comprehensive information.

We will certainly recommend him to other tourists and volunteers in the future.

Ilana Fuhr and Ivan Cohen

1  Thank Ilana F
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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Can't fault. Did two tours and both were great - guide was knowledgable, entertaining and we felt truly tried to enhance the whole experience! Thanks guys!

Thank yanhLondon_England
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