Inanda Heritage Route: an Inspiring South African offering

From Gandi to Mandela, discover the roots of South African democracy to the north of Durban.

The Inanda Heritage Route, located 30km north of Durban, South Africa, is a cradle of South Africa’s democracy. Filled with cultural, heritage and historical sites, visitors can discover the political landscape where South African racial equality was crafted by the likes of Dr John Dube, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. The Route is a must-visit for tourists in the vicinity of Durban. Stop one on the Route is the Phoenix Settlement, where the young lawyer Mahatma Gandhi arrived to represent an Indian client. After being thrown off a train for sitting in a ‘whites only’ section, Gandhi started his civil disobedience movement. It is here that Gandhi started to write his manifesto on non-violent resistance.

Stop two is the settlement of Ekuphakameni, the original site of the Shembe Church (formally known as the Nazareth) founded by prophet Isaiah Shembe; while stop three is the Ohlange Institute, founded by the Rev Dr John Dube, which first opened its doors in 1901. Dube was an educator, editor and a founder and first president of the African National Congress (ANC). Significantly, this is where Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, chose to cast his vote in the historic 1994 elections.

Visitors looking to travel the Inanda Heritage Route have three options. They can firstly book through Durban Green Corridor at the Green Hub located at the mouth of the uMngeni River.

The Durban Green Corridor travel agency will also provide a number of activities to do in and around Inanda Dam. In addition, tourists can contact Durban Tourism for a list of tour guides and operators offering half-day and full-day Inanda Heritage Route tours. Thirdly, self drive to Ohlange Institute. But take a guide if at all uncertain about driving through a settlement area.

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