#LoveSA: Ultimate SA family staycation guide

2017-03-26 17:31 - Selene Brophy
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School holiday time is precious and this weekend we're all about making the most of it.

Since most of your time right now has been all about cramming for the exams, the last few weeks of the school drop-off drill and pounding the home-work books have no doubt taken its toll.

But the holidays are in sight - with the first school holidays set to kick off from 31 March until 17 April.

Enough work, it's soon time for play.

Instead of leaving the kids to their own devices come the Easter break, why not round-up the family and do something worthwhile. Choose stimulating activities that will help you make the most of your time together.

Whether you're a laid-back family in need of some leisure time, or an action-driven pack hunting for the next adventure, Traveller24 has you covered.  

Here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of your quality time off - whether you're planning a staycation, or are headed to one of SA's major holiday hotspots.

Check out four family friendly holiday ideas to try sooner rather than later:



1. Take them fruit picking

Picking the big ripe peaches and baking something delicious is a good day-outing on its own. At Camdeboo Farm, children can explore the world of South African Agriculture.  

2. Culture Vulture fun

Have fun at the Lesedi Cultural Village -  Kids can try their hand at the Ketti slingshot challenge, try interactive drumming, adventure with their amazing race and test your knowledge with a Lesedi Quiz. 


1. City Sightseeing Red Bus tour

1. Check out one of the cool markets

Greyville Durban or the Stables Lifestyle Market offers a regular moonlight market with international stalls that are family and pet friendly. Essenwood Craft Market is a weekly Saturday craft market for the whole family with kids play area and food court. 

2. Try one of the the great hiking and outdoor adventuring spots in and around the city

Virginia Nature Reserve is a 38ha reserve in the heart of Durban North where you can see blue duikers, mongoose and some rare bird species. Durban Botanical Gardens is the perfect, scenic spot for an easy morning or afternoon stroll.  

3. Take train ride

The Valley of 1000 Hills is best seen from a vintage steam train, the Umgeni railway, one of the country’s oldest railway lines. The train journey is from Kloof Station to Inchanga Station and back and happens on the last Sunday of every month. 

4. See the nooks with Beset Durban

Take the family on a culture expedition and join one of their brilliant public walks through the city for free. 

5. Explore Beachwood Mangroves Reserve

This reserve is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month from 08:00 to 13:00. 


 6. Pull in at one of Durban's skate parks 

The Bay of Plenty offers free entrance, and Wave House in Umhlanga charges members R20 for the day while non-members pay R40.  

7. Take a stroll through Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

This coastal dune forest and across the Ohlange River towards the Umhlanga Lagoon. 

A photo posted by Yagesh Naidu (@yageshnaidu) on 

8. Durban Funworld is an oldie but a goodie

Did you know that during the school holidays, Funworld is open until late every day?!

9. Wave House

The Flow rider is R50 an hour for members and R75 an hour for non-members. The supertube costs R60 for the whole day. 

10. Hillcrest Paintball

There is no better way to rid yourself and the kids of some passive aggressive that through shooting at one another… right!?