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We can say with some authority that the Markets of Warwick Junction is the largest market of its kind in South Africa. Located in the city of Durban, Warwick Junction is primarily a public transport hub from where close to half a million people commute. The market evolved around the masses who were able to make small and convenient purchases from street vendors on their way into work or returning home.
The area was once a seedy and decaying part of the city until authorities stepped in and created some infrastructure and split the market into designated areas. Today, thousands of vendors sell their goods from 9 markets. These markets are distinctly African, most products are authentic and handmade or sown and collected for the market. Of course, there are always the cheap Chinese-manufactured goods in between…
Begin your tour of this unique cultural market by stopping off at the Bovine head cooking market where cow heads are cooked for passing traffic. The meat extracted from the face is considered a delicacy and is generally eaten with dumplings.
Hear the squawking of chickens at the Early morning market where 670 stall owners sell a range of goods. Barrow operators bring in the products and whisk around the market carrying huge loads at high speed! Watch as people purchase white fowl to eat, while others buy the black fowl in their preparation of traditional medicine and for use at ceremonies.
The Brook street market sells clothing and traditional Zulu wear. Alongside is the historic Badsha Peer Shrine with its magnificent architecture and still used as a place of prayer.
Loud music pumps out at the Music bridge market, while below, 700 vendors at the Herb market dispense herbal medicines. Try your hand at herb grinding while visiting.
The Impepho and lime market offers lime balls to practicing Sangoma (traditional healers) for the purposes of communicating with their ancestors while mpepho is an incense and another method of reaching ancestors.
Finally, the Bead market is where you will find beautiful beaded creations, typically African in colour, style and creativity. Purchase a few items or have a strand of your hair braided and beaded.