Having grown up near Durban and travelled a lot since I left, when I recently returned I came back with new eyes. There was so much I hadn't seen before. One of the things I decided I had to do was see Warwick Junction and the traditional African Herbal market. It is not an area that a lot of white South Africans would just walk through and to me it was an unknown as I didn't know anyone else who had been, My friend Kelly said she knew of a guide who could take me so as soon as I landed I contacted Bheki who agreed to take me around the next day. It wasn't one of his standard tours, so I was super pleased he agreed!
Bheki met us on Musgrave road, hopped in our car and showed us a safe place to park near the markets. Our first stop was Victoria Street market. It was a fabulous mix of African and Indian with arts, crafts, african jewellery, traditional outfits, spices and all sorts of interesting things.
After Victoria Street Market we went to the Traditional Herbal market which was fascinating! I was nervous about walking around this part of Durban with my SLR camera, but before we met Bheki assured me that the market is so safe, if anyone attempted to take anything from me everyone in the market would react before the police could get there! He was also great at guiding what I could take pictures of and what I really shouldn't...
There were doctors, dentists and abortion clinics, clothing and all sorts of natural medicines: herbs, bark, plants, animal carcasses and bones and so many things that I had no idea about. Right next to the market was a mosque which shows the wonderful mix of cultures and religions in Durban.
We walked through the train station where Bheki first arrived when he moved to Durban and out under Warwick Junction where there is a hub of buses and taxis heading in every direction, and some HUGE pillars painted by Faith 47, a South African street artist who does the most amazing stuff all over the world. These pillars are painted with six murals of people who work in the markets around Warwick Junction, they are amazing!!!
I toured Warwick Junction with Bheki from Kude Tours