‘Rick­sha buses’ to drive Dur­ban visi­tors

Sunday Tribune - - METRO -

TOURISTS who will be in Dur­ban for the De­cem­ber hol­i­day are in for a treat as they can ex­pe­ri­ence the city in the com­fort of newly launched “rick­sha buses”.

Dur­ban Tourism re­vealed that it had taken de­liv­ery of the mul­ti­mil­lion-rand dou­ble-decker rick­sha buses and would use them to ferry visi­tors around the city. The new buses re­place the older ones. Dur­ban Tourism also an­nounced that it had ex­tended the routes that the buses would travel.

The North Beach Tourism of­fice is now the of­fi­cial de­par­ture point for all rick­sha buses. The new routes in­clude “South Coastal, North Coastal, North In­land, and Western routes and ad­di­tional nodes on the Cen­tral routes”.

Each route takes about three to five hours.

Mandla Nsele, act­ing head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for ethek­wini, said the new buses were part of an ini­tia­tive aimed at get­ting visi­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence all parts of the city.

This in­cluded town­ships and ru­ral ar­eas so as to “en­hance the to­tal ex­pe­ri­ence” for a vis­i­tor and en­sure the en­tire city ben­e­fited from tourism.

“New routes that new buses will cover in­clude three more re­gions of the city, with more em­pha­sis on town­ship and ru­ral tourism,” he said.

The rick­sha can take up to 44 pas­sen­gers and has graph­ics of Dur­ban’s tourist at­trac­tions, such as the herb mar­ket, ushaka Ma­rine World, Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, tra­di­tional Zulu dancers, shark cage div­ing, and the coast­line.

Dur­ing the launch, mayor Zandile Gumede said tourism had proved to be a ma­jor eco­nomic booster and the city was will­ing to go all-out to en­sure Dur­ban was a des­ti­na­tion of choice.

“Tourists who come to our city should au­to­mat­i­cally be our am­bas­sadors when they go back home. We will only do that by en­sur­ing that we un­ceas­ingly meet their needs,” she said.

The mayor said hop­ping on to the rick­sha bus was the most con­ve­nient way for peo­ple to ex­plore the city’s tourism of­fer­ings. They in­cluded sight­see­ing, as well as learn­ing about the city’s his­tory, its peo­ple and their cul­ture and di­ver­sity.

“It is go­ing to be an ex­pe­ri­ence that will for­ever be en­graved in the minds of many of our tourists and we are very ex­cited,” Gumede added.

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