Travel Photo Thursday – Durban Rickshaw

A year ago, my friends and I traveled to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. When I was researching the Durban leg of the trip, I saw a photo of a rickshaw on Golden Mile Beach and decided I had to find one when I got there and go for a ride.

Durban Rickshaw
Rickshaw, Golden Mile Beach, Durban

On our way to the airport, I spotted this one near the beach and asked our driver to stop. We had only a few minutes but each of us got to sit in the rickshaw and have our photo taken.

The rickshaw was brought to Durban from London in 1893 by sugar magnate, Sir Marshall Campbell. At that time, there were only a few cars in the city. By 1902, Durban had approximately 1,700 rickshaws for more than 24,000 pullers who came to the city to work and returned home to the country with their earnings. Now, there are only about 20 registered pullers left.

Run by the Zulus, beautifully decorated rickshaws can be rented from pullers, who are dressed in colorful, handcrafted beaded headdresses and are usually stationed on the beach. They not only transport, they entertain in true Zulu fashion.

Rickshaw Rides on Golden Mile Beach cost between US$2 – $50.

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website!

33 comments on “Travel Photo Thursday – Durban Rickshaw

  1. It must be hard for the pullers to pull effectively in that elaborate outfit! It looks beautiful, though.

  2. That’s quite the outfit considering the heat – and it’s certainly one way of putting some money in the locals pockets. Just hope the pulling isn’t too strenuous.
    Nice history about the rickshaw too.

  3. Gee, I never thought these guys were still doing this. I have photos of my father in rickshaw in Durban taken in 1940 I’ll have to dig out.
    Glad you posted this.

  4. Beautiful and decorated fabulously… I love the colors too. I’ve taken a NYC buggy ride and had so much fun as my guy zipped around corners and ahead of traffic. I would do it again. 🙂

  5. I guess it depends on how far you have to go.
    I was really impressed by all the art I saw in Durban. I guess it’s the Zulu influence, lots of colors and art everywhere.

  6. Look at that smile on your face, I love it! It tells me you are having an awesome time. The rickshaw looks rad!

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