Durban’s rich history and vibrant, cosmopolitan appeal make it the perfect place to explore on foot with these local ladies who are armed with a passion for history, culture and the outdoors.


Meet the team: 

Lynne Schwan

Raised in Durban, Lynne rates Durban’s Golden Mile as one of the city’s best assets and loves to walk there with her rescue dog Marmite.


Lynne’s affinity for nature and the outdoors is reflected in her interests as a keen athlete, triathlete and trail runner. She also has five Comrades and many ultra-marathons under her belt. Lynne spent several years exploring and touring beyond Africa. After studying, Lynne’s adventurous spirit was unleashed as she travelled to England, bought a camper van and delighted in touring Europe and Ireland on her own.


She has a financial background and has been self employed for the past 20 years.


Lynne is a native English and basic German speaker and recently qualified tour guide.

Ruth Hagen

Ruth is a Swiss-born national who fell in love with sunny South Africa when she moved to the continent almost 30 years ago in a bid to learn English. Whilst she had trained as a chef in Switzerland, South Africa’s warm climate appealed to her and she quickly developed a love for outdoor activities.


After qualifying as a dive master, Ruth delighted in showcasing the teeming marine life of the Indian Ocean to eager divers. Her love for tourism evolved naturally from there and she has led guided tours around South Africa and into Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland for the past 20 years.


Multilingual Ruth speaks Swiss-German, German and English and she is keen to share her knowledge and insights into the history and context of the sights and scenes of the popular Durban walking routes.

Durban Walking Tours

As avid history buffs and qualified guides, Lynne and Ruth believe KZN — with its melting pot of cultures, tropical weather, warm Indian Ocean, excellent game viewing, one of a kind Sardine Run, whale watching and majestic mountains — is highly underrated.


Join Durban Walking Tours for an unforgettable exploration of the city’s various precincts on foot.  


Durban Walking Tours was founded by Alison Chadwick in 2019

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