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Street Scene Tours

#12 of 125 Tours in Durban
Durban, South Africa
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About Street Scene Tours
Street Scene Tours was created by Sthembiso Mbonanbi in early 2010, with one unique goal; to showcase Durban to Durbanites. His company is constantly exploring Durban and its surrounds, ever on the lookout for nuggets of history and the many hidden gems the province has to offer. After all, Mahatma Gandhi made Durban his home for many years, and it was just outside Durban that Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the 1994 elections that forever changed South Africa. The great King Shaka Zulu also spent much time on the very land upon which Durbanites now call home.From the city's architecture to its people, Street Scene aims to engulf its guests in all that is Durban. He started out with his focus on locals but soon realized that when you create a set of tours that residents of the city love, you are guaranteed to have tours that visitors to the city will find riveting and unique. There is nothing conventional about Street Scene Tours, and that's just the way we like it.
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IgnazW wrote a review Aug 2019
Haacht, Belgium31 contributions3 helpful votes
We were supposed to go on a full day tour but at 09:00 no-one showed up. Tried to call them but phone number on our booking did not exist. Phone number on their web site did not exist either. Mobile number on our booking was not answered. We had help from the manager of our accommodation and she finally got through. We were then promised to get the tour at 10:30. Someone showed up at 10:45, with a private car, not a minivan as should have been. We went to the market, had lunch, and then to the Ghandi house, but never visited a township or school, which were on our program as well. We were fed up so didn't insist on anything extra. In all, we did see some interesting things on the market, but overall the experience was a bummer. Not recommendable. I am sure other tour operators offer similar tours.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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phasmann wrote a review Apr 2019
Melbourne39 contributions63 helpful votes
In November 2011 we spent 3 days with "Street Scene" & had a great time being shown around by Sthembiso and Chris and I wrote a rave review. Naturally, when I knew we would be in Durban again for a day, I had no hesitation in booking with them and paying a 50% deposit of ZAR 2500. Sthembiso assured me that we would be met at the dock on the ship's arrival............WE WEREN'T!! After waiting more than an hour I rang Sthembiso and he mumbled something about the tour having already started. I reminded him that it was a private tour for 4 and we were all waiting on the dock. He said he would ring back and then hung up.....HE DIDN'T RING BACK!! I have emailed him twice, but, 3 days later I have not had an explanation nor an apology. Having read JuliaH Berlin's review I am wondering if we will ever get a refund Edited to add an update...I finally heard from Sthembiso who apologised and offered a full refund. 2 MONTHS LATER I AM STILL WAITING FOR A REFUND and my emails go unanswered. This company now operates very differently than it did in the early days, BE WARNED!
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Dandk wrote a review Mar 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
It was an interesting tour but a bit overpriced for what you got. Food (the brai) was amazing, the best i had in South Africa. The tour guide was knowledgable but lacked passion.I felt 875 rand pp was far too much especially considering it was a group tour with 6-7 people. Mixed feelings but I did learn something from the tour :)
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Nobahle M wrote a review Sep 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Very bad service delivery. Had problems checking in @ hotel arranged by them, had to call police to intervene. They changed our accommodation on 3rd day to a dirty,cheap building. We couldn't go to the last day activities as the company tour guides were nowhere to be seen. I wouldn't recommend them to anybody, especially for school tours.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Islandbuckeye wrote a review Mar 2018
Dublin, Ohio28 contributions9 helpful votes
Beautiful tour of Durban and the townships. Very moving experience visiting the home of Gandhi and the location where Nelson Mandela cast his vote. A very memorable visit to a private home in one of Durban’s townships and an excellent lunch of the famous bunny chow. Our guide was very informative and easy going. We had a great time.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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