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Markets of Warwick Tour

#26 of 120 Tours in Durban
Durban, South Africa
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About Markets of Warwick Tour
Markets of Warwick Tour is a 2.5 hours walking tour through the 9 informal markets in Warwick Junction. Warwick Junction lies on the edge of the Durban's inner-city and is the primary public transport interchange in the city. On an average day the area accommodates 460 000 commuters, and at least 6000 street vendors. Given the confluence of rail, taxi and bus transport, this area has always been a natural market for street vendors. The Markets of Warwick includes between 5000 and 8000 vendors trading in 9 distinct markets. Currently this is the only informally structured market in a public space of this magnitude, and thus establishes itself as the single most authentic African market that South Africa has to offer. The products available vary from beadwork, traditional arts and crafts, traditional cuisine, fresh produce, music and entertainment merchandise, clothing, accessories and traditional medicine. We run tours everyday between 9:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:30.
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heysooooos wrote a review Jan 2020
Durban, South Africa69 contributions6 helpful votes
Warwick Markets are a place I have wanted to go for a long time, and today I was lucky enough to have Rosemary, a tour guide from the ASIYE ETAFULENI non-profit that runs tours headed by traders themselves. Rosemary was well-versed in the history of the markets and especially about the herbs in the herb market where she and her sister have a stall. She took me through the warren of 9 markets, including the bovine head market where I instantly became a vegetarian. This tour will show you a different side of Durban away from the glitz of the beachfront. Be ready for a sensory overload.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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B.C.QAGELA wrote a review Nov 2019
Durban, South Africa425 contributions298 helpful votes
Warwick Avenue Market is one of Durban's tourist attraction place. You have to visit this place if you are looking for bead work item or curio shopping. The designs are so many that you become confused of choosing the right one .
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Jeanine V wrote a review Oct 2019
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa15 contributions
Great tour of markets in Durban you would normally not be able to visit as a tourist. Also the children liked it a lot.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Dave Bell wrote a review Jun 2019
Cape Town, South Africa25 contributions7 helpful votes
This was a highlight. On the day I was the only guest which was nice but even in groups it will be great. My guide was Toe (pronounced Too). She was fantastic. She is one of the market traders and can tell you all about the markets and products as you walk. We walked through downtown Durban which I wouldn't recommend visitors do without a guide. The reason I say this is not because of crime but because it can be intimidating if you are not used to the environment. We went to Victoria Market which is a good buying spot, the beadwork market (Fridays only), the lime & impepho market, the muthi market, the fresh produce market, the station market and more. I would do this again I enjoyed it so much. What's nice is that these markets sell mainly to locals so you're not getting the typical tourist experience. I would consider this a must do. Ask for Toe!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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dhardman2016 wrote a review Nov 2018
Ballito, South Africa14 contributions
Go and experience the vibrancy of South Africa. You are perfectly safe and the tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable. This shows ubuntu in the true sense where people care and look out for one another. It is a sensory tour not to be missed.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from TasmiQ, Public Relations Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour
Responded 19 Nov 2018
Thank you for your positive feedback, and for recommending the tour to others. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience!
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