SOUL OF SOUTH DURBAN
MAKING South Durban the most visited area in the country is the aim of the new team at the helm of the area’s community tourism organisation (CTO), Sodurba.
The Sodurba committee is involved in accommodation, travel services, venues and conference organisers, historical and cultural centres, recreation and entertainment attractions, educational tourism services, conservation areas, restaurants, sports venues, clubs facilities and trails and security for South Durban, which encompasses the Bluff, Wentworth, Mobeni, Jacobs, Woodlands, Montclair, Yellowwood Park, Clairwood, the harbour, Isipingo, Prospecton, Merebank and Wilson’s Wharf.
The committee plans to improve the quality of tourism in the area, with the aim of creating ease of access, transport and information to visitors and locals. This can only be done through the creation of a network of businesses and people working together.
PLACES TO SEE
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BLUFF WHALE HERITAGE SITE
WHALING OFF KZN COAST
The whaling industry in Durban had its beginnings in 1907 when the Norwegian Consul in Durban, Jacob Egeland, went back to Norway and, with fellow Norwegian Johan Bryde, raised money to start a whaling operation in Durban. The two men formed the South African Whaling Company that year and brought two ships for catching whales to Durban from Sandefjord in Norway. Hunting began in July the following year and ended in mid-November, by which time the two catchers had killed 106 of the huge animals, mostly Humpbacks.