School Holiday Fun: Spice up your holiday in Durban

2018-06-12 12:23
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There is much fun to be had this school holiday in Durban (Photo: iStock)

If you and your family are around Durban between 22 June and 17 July, get ready to banish any boredom and prepare to make some great family memories as Durban is set to host an amazing line-up of events and activities.

READ: School Holiday Fun: SA's unique kids' activities and parks to visit

If you’re out and about in Durbs during the school holidays, keep your eyes peeled for one of the following events and attractions:


Umgeni Steam Railway

Experience railways of the past with Umgeni Steam Railway which has train rides on the last Sunday of every month.

The activity also raises funds for ongoing and new projects. Crafts, food and refreshments are on sale on the train days.

Where: Train departs Kloof Railway Station at 8:30 and 12:30.

Cost: Adults - R240, children (aged 2-12) / pensioners pay R170.

Umhlanga Rocks Festival

Umhlanga Rocks hosts its first festival celebrating SA music in the Umhlanga Rocks Festival. Local music lovers will take pleasure in jamming to the sounds of Matthew Mole, Desmond and The Tutus, The Kickstands, Freddy L and Veranda Panda. There will also be a bar, G&T Garden and artisanal food stalls to indulge in.

When: 14 July, 12:00 to 20:00.

Where: Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga Ridge.

Cost: Kids under 8 enter free and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are R140 each – click here to buy.

Mo Magic

South African magician Mo Magic brings his live show to Hillcrest for the first time. Expect 70-minutes of magic entertainment, mind-reading magic and family-friendly comedy, suitable for families with kids older than 8-years-old.

When: 15 July at 15:00.

Where: Butlers Restaurant (24 Old Main Road), Hillcrest.

Cost: R125 per person via Quicket.

SEE: Family-friendly activities to plan in and around Durban this school holidays


Groovy Balls Adventure Park

When: Book in advance.

Where: Lot 152, 70005 Street, Cliffdale

Cost: Call Gibson (031) 783 4980 / 0843303112 for more information 

As simple as entering into a capsule within a large transparent ball and proceeding to roll downhill, Groovy Balls Adventure Park is a guaranteed way to ensure that everyone has a great time over the public holidays. Fun for the whole family, go out and get zorbing already!

For more information follow this link.

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Cave Rock (top surfing spot)

When: When your heart desires

Where: Brighton Beach/Bluff Durban South

Cost: Free!

You may have heard it being said that the best things in life are true. The Durban surf life sure does prove that saying right. Zip up that wetsuit, wax up your board and prepare to hit the waves at this super chill spot.

Find directions and other information here.

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Durban Botanic Gardens

When: Anyday. 07:30 - 17:30. 

Where: 9A John Zikhali Road, Musgrave

Cost: Free

Take things slow as you meander through the bountiful beauty of South Africa's natural splendour. Where better to find respite from the school holiday chaos that in the country’s oldest Botanic Gardens. Take it all in, soak up the history and feel rejuvenated as you walk and breathe among palms, cycads and other trees that are over 100 years old.

For more information, follow this link.

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Durban Natural Science Museum

When: 08:30 - 16:00. 

Where: City Hall: 1st Floor, City Hall, 234 Anton Lembede Street

Cost: Free

Just because schools out doesn't mean the learning has to stop. That doesn't mean that the holiday fun has to be compromised on either. Get the best of both at the Durban Natural Science Museum.

Located in the Durban City Hall, the museum has a host of fascinating, and educative exhibits. From a life-sized reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex to the third largest collection of birds in Africa - the Durban Natural Science Museum is a great way to have fun during the school holidays without breaking the bank.   

For more information check Durban Natural Science Museum.

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The Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

When: Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 08:00 until sunset

Where: Riverside Road, Durban North

Cost: Free

A lesser-known green space in Durban can be found off Riverside Road in Durban North. The Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve is home to the largest population of mangrove trees in the Durban area.  With black, red and white mangrove, this is a real rainbow nation of a reserve that families will delight in exploring.

The Beachwood Mangroves Reserve is only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 08h00 until sunset

Durban Beachwood Mangrove swamps

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