This week I was invited by Durban Tourism to take part in the Discover Durban challenge and to explore the Inanda Heritage Route. I joined a group of media, celebrities, influencers and even Sharks Rugby players to explore this route. This being Heritage Month it is the perfect time to explore Durban and all it has to offer.
We set off on a trip which took us to Inanda. This was all part of the Hello Spring campaign which Durban Tourism presented. They took us on a tour of the many interesting nodes in the area.
|The Gandhi Sculpture at the Settlement|
Our first stop was the Gandhi Settlement. Here you can find out much information about Gandhi and his many quotes are all over the venue. You will also find a statue of the man. The settlement also features a reconstruction of the original house which was burnt down during the 1985 Inanda Riots.
|The grave of John L. Dube|
Our next stop was the Ohlange Institute which was started by John Langalibalele Dube in 1900. He became the first president of the African National Congress. His grave is on the premises. President Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the first democratic election of 1994 at the Ohlange Institute.
|Plenty of fun activities at Inanda Dam|
After that we headed off to the breath taking Inanda Dam. It comes up at you from out of nowhere and the views are quite spectacular. It is located on the Mngeni River near Hillcrest, Kwazulu Natal. If you love water sports, camping, kayaking or biking this is the place for you. Photographers will also love the views and Instaworthy spots. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Durban. The Durban Green Corridor runs a trail centre next to the dam. Here you can find break facilities, sanitation as well as secure parking.
We finished the day at Ezweni Lodge and then had lunch overlooking the Inanda Dam. At lunch we were serenaded by the likes of Holly Rey who performed her hit single ‘Deeper’.
The Inanda Heritage Route has much to offer and this was just some of the highlights. You can also explore Inanda Seminary, The Shembe Church, The Water Fall and Rasta Caves at uMzinyathi Gorge and much more. There is plenty of accommodation including the Bellabheka B&B and Ikhaya lentokozo B&B, Egugwini guest house. If you are looking for a good late night party check out Under The Moon or Maphisa Jazz Lounge. For a good meal try Artizen restaurant or Nonku’s all in one kitchen. If you like to shop try Bridge City or Dube Village Mall.
For more info contact Inanda Tourism: 031-322-2856
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This edition and images by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton