Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Doing the tourist-thing in Durban - Part 1

In recent months we have spent some time out-and-about in Durban with people visiting our province from overseas.  It's been quite refreshing to see Durbs through the eyes of a visitor.  I thought I would do a couple of posts about our experiences.

First up we had the delightful Laura visiting us from Australia.  Unfortunately her visit came at the height of the tourist season, so we skipped some of the traditional Durban attractions because of the sheer volume of people we would have had to wade through to see them.  (Think Durban beachfront over the New Year weekend.... uh-uh, not going to happen!)  Instead we found some different things to do.

First-up we visited CROW on their open day, which was a really interesting and different thing to do.  CROW is the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and their open days happen on the last Sunday of every month from 11am to 1pm.   Our visit began with a short, informative talk by one of the staff members, after which we had a tour of the facilities and the chance to see many of the animals up close.  All the animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild, except for the tortoises - you'll have to make a visit to CROW to find out why...

It was really interesting to hear how CROW operates and exactly what is involved in the rehabilitation of the wildlife - it's all much more complicated than I thought.

Our next outing was a trip on the Inchanga Choo-choo - the steam train that runs between Kloof and Inchanga.  We went on a Sunday evening train ride - the trains don't usually run on Sunday evenings, but this was during the Christmas season, so they had extra trains running.

We had a very enjoyable train ride, although the weather didn't co-operate with us.  We had some rain in Inchanga, which really put a damper on things (pardon the lame pun!)  There was a nice little market set up at the station in Inchanga, with lots of things to eat, live music and various stalls.  We had just enough time to explore, have something to eat and make a loo-stop before boarding the train for the ride back to Kloof.  We'll definitely do the train ride again one Sunday when hopefully the sun will shine on us.

To be continued.....

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