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Address: 127 Johannes Nkosi Street | NGO Asiye eTafuleni Unit 111 Business Incubation Building, SEDA eThekwini, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Markets of Warwick Tour is a 2.5 hours walking tour through the 9 informal...

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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Well worth it, for Tourists and Locals alike

Decided to do the tour at short notice on a Tuesday afternoon. We had been to the Victoria Street market before, but not to the other markets. The whole setup of the tours as an... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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94 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Decided to do the tour at short notice on a Tuesday afternoon. We had been to the Victoria Street market before, but not to the other markets. The whole setup of the tours as an initiative of the local traders means you get a warm welcome at many stalls and a guide who really knows what it is like as... More 

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Nonhlanhla N, Tour Co-ordinator at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

We are looking forward to your visiting the Markets of Warwick tour next time on a Friday, our Bead Market is one of the best in town. Thank you for writing the review. Warm regards Markets of Warwick Tour Team More 

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015

I have been on this tour three times. I take my out of town visitors on it because it is such a contrast to the suburban bubble that I live in just 20 kilometers away. It showcases the economic disparity that exists in South Africa and is a fascinating glimpse into how the majority of South Africans live -- in... More 

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Nonhlanhla N, Tour Coordinator at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

Your continued support is really appreciated and thank you for writing the review. We are glad that you enjoyed the Markets of Warwick experience and you keep coming back. We are looking forward to your next visit. From the Markets of Warwick Team More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015

If you want to know what Durban is really about, how the majority live, and also have an interesting shopping experience, definitely include this

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Nonhlanhla N, Guest Relations Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed experiencing the vibrancy of the Markets. We are looking forward to your visiting the Markets in the future. Thank you for writing the review. From the Markets of Warwick Team More 

Hamburg, Germany
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

I had mixed expectations of this tour, hearing so much about the area, that it's not safe etc. from locals. Forget about that. I didn't feel unsafe at all, there is always a security guard with you to ensure no one gets lost or approached. But even without the security guard I would have never felt unsafe. If you are... More 

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for writing the review and your visit to the Markets is appreciated. We are thrilled that you found the area safe and welcoming. We are looking forward to hosting you again in the future. From the Markets of Warwick Tour Team. More 

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Reviewed 13 June 2015 via mobile

Awesome experience observing the hustle and bustle of the markets. The tour was well run, informative and an eye opening outing to say the least.

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for writing the review and sharing your photos. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience, looking forwarding to hosting you again in the future. Regards, the Markets of Warwick Tour Team. More 

Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

My aunt (a KZN local) saw a write-up about this in the newspaper, and told me about it on my visit to SA. We emailed Phumzile at 6:00 p.m. on a Tuesday with little hope that we'd be able to go on a tour the following morning. Surprise! Phumzile called later that night and was kind enough to get our... More 

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

Thank you MelanieCs_theWorld for writing us this wonderful and positive review and sharing your photos. We appreciate your visiting the markets through our tour and are pleased you are happy with our service. We are looking forward to your visiting us again in the future. Best regards, Phumzile More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Thembalihle Nyawo was an accommodating and informative guide. There was no fuss, no hassles, no pressure and never did we feel unsafe. The exposure to the markets around the Warwick road area of Durban was fascinating, interesting and gave one some insight into the underbelly of our South African economy. This is the alternative economy in which thousands of people... More 

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

Dear porchw, it was a pleasure to have you visiting the markets in Warwick through our tour. We are pleased you enjoyed it and find it informative. We are looking forward to your visiting us again in the future. Best regards, Phumzile More 

Durban, South Africa
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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2015

Noisy, smelling, crowded and thoroughly fascinating. Warwick market is the heart of Durban's commuter routes and is bustling activity at all hours of the day. The traditional healer area is a bit of a challenge to the senses so if you are a bit squeamish, maybe give this a skip. The guides are knowledgeable and charming and they bring the... More 

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

Dear Larissa K, it was our pleasure to have you visiting the Warwick markets through our tour. We are happy you had a pleasant experience. We are looking forward to your visiting us again in the future. Best regards, Phumzile More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015

Unfortunately downtown Durban is not very accessible for tourists: it has a bad image and apart from a couple of nice colonial buildings (the townhall!) it is very ugly. That's why it's such a great idea to book a private tour over the markets of Warwick. The history of the different markets was well explained. One point of attention though:... More 

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

We are very happy that you were able to experience the Durban inner city through our tour of the Warwick markets. We note your concerns about our guide. We shall address this and make sure we improve our service. We are looking forward to your visiting us again in the future. Best regards, Phumzile More 

Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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115 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2014 via mobile

The perfect way to see Durban's markets-- this tour was eye-opening and unforgettable. Driving into the city, my husband and I spotted the market area and wanted to visit, but we are so glad we took a tour instead of navigating on our own. Our guide, a vendor herself, patiently walked us through and helped us to understand what the... More 

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Phumzie1818, Manager at Markets of Warwick Tour, responded to this review

We are happy that you had an opportunity to visit the Warwick markets through our tour. We appreciate your positive and encouraging words. We are looking forward to your visiting us again in the future. Best regards, Phumzile More 

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