Otherwhere Tours

For a rare experience of Durban’s social, cultural, historical and urban fabric, sign up for one of the specially devised ‘otherwhere’ tours on the tour-booking page, or by visiting the Travel and Tours Desk.

Arcades and Alleys: A City Walk

Join Stuart, who has a M.Sc. Housing Studies, on an amble through the fabric of the city, threading your way through the arcades and alleys, skywalks and sidewalks. Viewing some of the architectural gems past and present, that are hidden along the way. This walk will take you through some vibrant parts of this amazing city that are seldom visited. You will find out where bits of urban history and legend live, meet the characters who in the past have inhabited and traded in these spaces and places. Have a ride on the people-mover or Kombi taxi and enjoy a coffee in a street café or the old Durban Club! See a review here: http://beyondthesprawl.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/the-ins-and-outs-of-arcades/

 

Tours dates and times:

3rd, 6th and 9th August at 9:00am

Tour duration:

3 hours

Activity level:

Easy walking

Tour departure point:

ICC

Transport:

Walking and public transport or kombi taxi

Cost per person:

R150

Included / excluded Included:

sightseeing as per itinerary and services of an English speaking local guide, excluded, public transport, refreshments excluded

Minimum5, Maximum:

20 persons

Booking your tour:

Click here for registration form, visit the Travel and Tours desk or phone 083 263 3657 (until 14:00), call Stuart on 083 384 4410 thereafter.


 

Durban Arts Bus

Durban hosts a range of diverse and culturally rich visual arts and heritage spaces. To explore the selection of the galleries and places of cultural/spiritual/social significance in the city, the Durban Art Bus is a bus service that will operate during the UIA2014 Congress. This bus tour provides an opportunity to experience the artistic and cultural life of the city. You will be taken to the city’s best galleries such as the KZNSA Gallery, Durban Art Gallery, artSpace Durban, African Art Centre and BAT Centre. The routes vary daily in order to offer the opportunity to visit a variety of the UIA2014 fringe projects. The Durban Art Bus is brought to you by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), supported by eThekwini Municipality.

Tours dates and times:

5th to 10th August, 11:00

Tour duration:

2 hours

Activity level:

Low

Tour departure point:

ICC

Transport:

22 seater bus

Cost per person:

R20

Included / excluded:

Guided tour to key galleries, art installations and exhibitions.

Minimum Maximum:

18 people

Booking your tour:

Click here for registration form , visit the Travel and Tours desk or phone 083 263 3657 (until 14:00), call Sheryl on 076 153 1031 thereafter


 

The Spice Experience

The Spice Emporium is one of the oldest and largest stockists of spices and other speciality food items. Visit us for a unique tour and shopping experience and take in the fragrant aromas of cumin and coriander together with the opulent colours of turmeric and chilli. Our guide will give a brief explanation of the history of spices in Durban and share with you how the spice industry has evolved from a cottage to commercial without losing the authentic flavours. Learn how spices are ground and blended into the uniquely Durban flavours. Take home with you our free recipes and impress your friends and family back home by making them an authentic Durban curry. End your tour at our Indian Street Food restaurant serving delicious vegetarian Indian style tapas that burst with flavour at every bite.

TOURS DATES AND TIMES:

Daily, 10:00 and 14:00

TOUR DURATION:

30 45 Minutes

Departure: 31 Monty Naicker Road, Near the Rivertown Precinct

BOOKING YOUR TOUR

Phone: 082 779 7865 or 031 3325889

Email: spice@spiceemporium.co.za/vinod@spiceemporium.co.za

Evoke Vintage | Otherewhere Shopping Tour

Evoke Vintage is a vintage movement with street cred. Vintage clothing and items are sourced on the street, vintage shops and antique shops. We have identified exciting ‘otherewhere’ spots in Durban with lovely, authentic vintage items. This tour takes to the streets of Glenwood, Morningside and Durban CBD, hunting down and selecting vintage items. Get to experience the city from a fashion point of view, and not just any fashion but vintage fashion. The Evoke Vintage Otherewhere Shopping Experience will open your eyes to pockets within the city that would otherewise be hidden. To book, email evokevintagefashion@gmail.com

Tours dates and times:

Daily, 9:00 and 14:00

Tour duration:

3 hours

Activity level:

Low

Tour departure point:

ICC

Transport:

Tour bus

Cost per person:

Price on request

Included / excluded:

Refreshments and shopping carrier included

Minimum:

8 persons

Booking your tour:

email evokevintagefashion@gmail.com


 

Tours of Warwick

NGO Asiye eTafuleni offers delegates an opportunity to visit the Markets of Warwick, a focal point of the UIA2014 Student Competition. Warwick Junction, on the edge of the Durban's inner-city, is the primary public transport interchange in the city with the confluence of rail, taxi and bus transport, accommodating an average of 460 000 commuters, and at least 6000 street vendors in 9 distinct markets. Through a guided tour by trained informal traders, delegates will be able to experience the ‘Resilience’, and ‘Ecology’ behind this unique space in Durban, and the ‘Value’ it gives the city of Durban. A must do tour! Cost: R100 per person (Students R70.00). For more information and booking details see website: www.marketsofwarwick.co.za.

Tours dates and times

Tours will run hourly starting from 8:00 – 13:00, Monday 4 August – Saturday 9 August 2014.

Tour duration

2 hours

Activity level

Easy, 3 km walk in 2 – 2.5 hours. Mostly flat surface and a couple of stairways. Tour is not suitable for people with disabilities.

Tour departure point

Warwick Junction Exhibition Space, Intersection of Denis Hurley (former Queen) Street and Joseph Nduli (former Russell) Street.

Transport

Walking tour

Getting there

Take a People Mover bus outside the ICC (Circle line) and get off outside the Victoria Street Market (52). Busses run every 15 minutes and your journey time is about 20 mins. Once outside the Victoria Street Market, follow directions to the Warwick Junction Exhibition Space.

 

Cost per person

R100.00 per person and R70.00 for students on presentation of a valid student ID card.

Included / excluded

Included: Tour fees and services of a registered English speaking guide. Excluded: Gratuities and items of a personal nature

Minimum

2 people / 3 students

Booking your tour

Phone: 031 309 3990 / 082 422 9487
Email: mowtours@aet.org.za
Website: www.marketsofwarwick.co.za


 

Rooms with a View

The Durban Art Gallery holds the view that indeed we do live in a world that is a house divided, but instead of falling into the trap that talks of us and them we offer that quintessential South African appliance – the prism, to display the manifold realities of North and South, rich and poor, black and white. Welcome to Rooms With a View – five galleries at the DAG showing: Quiet Place an installation that brings photography and poetry together to describe continuous mutations of the built environment of South Africa; commerce in a market that never sleeps; Rodney Harber Archetype Architect a maverick architect who had... other plans; Looking Forward: Our Lives in 2034; and, I did Have a Dream, the harvesting of artists’ mental slides from the DAG collection shown as dreams, visions and nightmares of democracy.

Tour Dates and Times:

Wed 6th at 10:00 (Rodney Harber: Archetype Architect and Quiet Space: an installation of photography & poetry by Giovanni Vio and Angela Buckland)

Thurs 7th at 10:00 (I did have a dream, Looking Forward: Our Lives in 2034 and Quiet Space: an installation of photography & poetry by Giovanni Vio and Angela Buckland)

Tour duration:

1 hour

Activity level:

Low

Tour departure point:

Durban Art Gallery in the Durban City Hall, accessed from Anton Lembede Street

Getting there:

Take a short walk from the ICC, through Gugu Dlamini Park, through the workshop and on to the City Hall.

Cost per person:

Free

Booking your tour:

No booking required. Arrive at the Durban Art Gallery for the start of the tours.


 

Durban Art Deco Tour

Take a step back into the "jazz age" of the 20's and 30's when life was fast-paced and MODERN. Spend half a day exploring the city and surrounds to see the impressive ART DECO buildings created when grandeur was more important than cost. With their attractively painted exteriors, these buildings tell a unique story of then and even now! There will be time to stop and take photos of some of the buildings.

Dates and times:

3rd, 4th 5th & 6th of August, 09h00 / 13h00 (Depart from ICC) - 12h15 / 16h15 (Return to ICC)

Price:

R500.00 per person

Minimum:

4 Adults

Vehicle:

Air-conditioned vehicle to suit group size.

Included:

Transportation and sightseeing as per itinerary.

Excluded:

Gratuities, drinks and items of a personal nature.

Activity:

Level Low

Comments:

Viewing of the buildings will be from the vehicle

Notes If minimum numbers are not met you will be offered an alternate tour of equal value or a full refund.

Booking information:

Click here for registration form, visit the Travel and Tours desk or phone 083 263 3657


 

Red Square to Curries Fountain Tour

The tour from Red Square to Curries Fountain, both political protest sites, is a walk through a ‘living museum’ of colonial and apartheid city planning. The tour traces the socio-economic-political and spatial history of a place that represents the urban history of “Black” Durban.The area between Red Square - at the intersection of Yusuf Dadoo Street (formerly Grey Street) and Monty Naicker Street (formerly Pine Street) - and Curries Fountain in the Warwick Junction area, some 1.5 kms apart, evolved from a ‘Coolie Location’ in the 1880s into the ‘non-European town’. It became the dual CBD in the apartheid city and is still the ‘other’ Durban. The trading; residential; religious sites; transport nodes; educational; health; struggle sites and sports facilities of this area tell the story of a marginalized but resilient “other” community. Unlike other cities in South Africa, this area remains one of the few ‘black spots’ that survived the devastation in the 1960s brought on by the Group Areas Act and the forced removals of “non-Whites” from city centres across South Africa. The Warwick Junction precinct represents a substantial part of Durban’s historical and contemporary urban heritage, however twenty years after democracy, remains largely ‘invisible’ and on the fringe of city planning initiatives. The tour is conducted by the ROCS research project at Durban University of Technology and is approximately 2 hours long.

Duration:

Half Day

Date and times:

4 August 2014, 16:30; 5 & 6 of August 2014 – 11:00 (2 hours)

Price:

R500.00 per person including Transport or R300.00 per person excluding Transport (use People Mover bus to Victoria Street Market, and then walk to the Grey Street Mosque entrance)

Minimum:

4 Adults

Vehicle:

Air-conditioned vehicle to suit group size.

 

Image courtesy of www.curriesfountain.co.za

Included:

Transportation, sightseeing as per itinerary and services of an English speaking lecturer.

Excluded:

Gratuities, meals, drinks and items of a personal nature.

 

Activity:

Level High

Comments:

A walk through history of the City’s most political protests sites.

Notes:

If minimum numbers are not met you will be offered an alternate tour of equal value or a full refund.

Booking information:

Click here for registration form, visit the Travel and Tours desk or phone 083 263 3657 (until 14:00) or phone Len on 083 777 2900 thereafter


 

 

Grey Street Writers Trail

This tour takes you on a literary trail of Grey Street (now Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street), Durban’s old Indian business and residential area. Follow in the footsteps of famous political figures such as Dr Goonam, Fatima Meer, Phyllis Naidoo and Mahatma Ghandi and experience the places that inspired literary works by Imraan Coovadia, Aziz Hassim, Ravi Govender and Mariam Akabor. Many of the writers featured on this trail lived in the area during the apartheid era and wrote about their experiences either autobiographically or creatively in fiction, providing ways of remembering the past and celebrating their survival. This educational and uplifting tour allows you to step back into the past and walk in the footsteps of literary greats, while stopping at strategic places to hear what writers and their characters said about these places and their times.

Date and times:

3 – 7 August 2014 at 9:00 and 12:30 (4 hours)

Price:

R500.00

Minimum:

4 Adults

Vehicle:

Air-conditioned vehicle to suit group size.

Included:

Transportation, sightseeing as per itinerary, snacks and a juice.

Excluded:

Gratuities, alcoholic drinks and items of a personal nature.

Activity:

Level Medium – walking at a gentle pace for two to three hours

Comments:

On this walk one will see the daily activities around the old markets of the Indian quarter. The trail pamphlet supplied contains short passages from local writers’ works about the places we pass and which we will stop and read en route.

Notes:

If minimum numbers are not met you will be offered an alternate tour of equal value or a full refund.

Booking information:

Click here for registration form, visit the Travel and Tours desk or phone 083 263 3657


 

CityWalk

The CityWalk is an investigative journey, an exuberant exploration as well as humbling and cautionary tale, an allegory on the infinite complexities of spaces and timings in the city of Durban. It was initiated and has been running since 2001 and is experimental, oral, visual and informal in nature. Like Edward Soja’s Thirdspace, everything comes together here: subjectivity and objectivity; the abstract and the concrete; the real and the imagined; the knowable and the imaginable; the repetitive and the differential; structure and agency; mind and body; consciousness and unconsciousness; the disciplined and the transdisciplinary; everyday life and unending history. From mall to market this walk will guide its audience through the numerous artistic/architectural installations of the interface2012-14 project. Drawing attention to ‘other’ marginalised realities of beauty and sadness, these cultural expressions serve as the medium through which our society is able to articulate and conscientise its citizens around social issues for the purpose of humanisation.

Dates & Time:

Tours will be scheduled according to demand (1.5 hour tour)

Cost:

R 200 p/p

Booking information:

Call Doung on 073 515 1308

 

 

Tour Africa’s First Children’s Hospital Resurrection!

A modern ruin of South Africa’s past, the very first Children’s Hospital on the African continent established in 1928 on the Durban promenade was forced to shut down by the Apartheid regime for servicing the needs of children of all races and left to ruin for almost 30 years. During UIA2014, tour this unique “otherwhere” venue and see the activations within. A historically significant snapshot of South African socio-political history; the walls of woe, peeling paint, falling plaster, faded murals against visual installations by young creatives of the greater Durban area. Showcasing locally designed and handmade products, your purchases will support the local creative community whilst contributing to the resurrection of this heritage building and much needed healthcare facility, the KZN Children’s Hospital.

Date and times:

3 – 7 August 2014 at 11:00 and 14:00 (1.5 hours)

Price:

R300 pp including transport, R150 pp excluding transport and R70 per student excluding transport (make use of People Mover bus to KZN Children’s hospital on South Beach)

Minimum:

10 Adults

Vehicle:

Air-conditioned vehicle to suit group size.

Included:

Transportation, sightseeing as per itinerary and services of an English speaking local appointed hospital guide.

Excluded:

Items of a personal nature.

Activity:

Level Low

Booking information:

Click here for registration form, visit the Travel and Tours desk or phone 083 263 3657 (until 14:00) with transport or phone Shemona on 072 181 4916 for non-transport bookings


 

Rivertown Skateboard Project

The Rivertown Skateboard Project is an opportunity to explore the area, take in the newly pedestrianized Pixley KaSeme street, visit a couple of the many surfboard factories in Rivertown to watch boards being made by some of South Africa’s top shapers, and to learn something about the area’s historic buildings. Participants can walk, hire a skateboard from the Longboard shop, or use their own. Starting with registration at the Longboard Skateboard shop in Milne Street and assisted by a guide, trails run twice a day and take about an hour. They end at Cool Runnings Bar where a shisa nyama (traditional barbeque), light meals and cold beers will be available.

Tours dates and times:

Twice daily at 10:00 and 14:00 during the UIA

Tour duration:

1 hour

Activity level:

Medium

Tour departure point:

Longboard Warehouse, 46 Milne Street (Opposite Cool Runnings)

Transport:

Walking and /or skateboarding

Getting there:

Short walk from ICC along either Stalwart Simelane or Florence Nzama Streets into Milne Street

Cost per person:

R30 per person if walking or using own equipment, R50 for hire of longboard and safety gear

Included / excluded:

Experienced guide, visits to surf board manufacturers, tour of historic /interesting buildings

Minimum:

4 people

Booking your tour:

Call Gordon on 082 653 2292