#LoveSA: Ultimate SA family staycation guide

2017-03-26 17:31
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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 winter school holiday break set to start first school holidays set to kick off from 30 June until 24 July - what will you and yours be getting up to?  

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. Disney's Cinderella Kids 

Disney's treasured animated film charms its way to the stage, fairy godmother and mice in tow.

The timeless, "rags to riches" fairy tale will become a new audience favourite in Disney’s Cinderella Kids, an adaptation of the treasured animated film that will charm its way into your heart and remind audiences that dreams really can come true.

Date: 10 June - 23 July

Where: Joburg Theatre

Cost: R142

2. Ovation Youth Dance presents Tinker Bell

Join Tinker Bell and Ovation Youth Dance Company as they take you on a dancing journey to the secret world of Pixie Hollow.

Date: 30 June - 02 July

Where: Roodepoort Theatre

Cost: See booking online.

3. Art Farm School Holiday Programme

Register your child for The Art Farm School Holiday Programme this school break. Contact The Art Farm for information or registration at 0825295706. 

Date: 3 to 21 July

Where: Plot 56, R550, Klipriver Rd, 1448 Alewynspoort

Cost: R200 full day and R150 half day

5. Smurfs Live On Stage, The Musical 

Eight of your favourite Smurfs characters including Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf and the adorable Smurfette are coming to you for the first time ever to transform the Wintery breeze in town into a colourful Spring.

Date: 13 - 30 July

Where: Emperor's Palace

Cost: R150 - R285

6. There is so much to see and do at Gold Reef City

At Gold Reef City, you can literally spend the whole day there having a ball with the family.

SEE:  #AfriTravel: Real local family fun as Gold Reef City awarded top spot in Africa

7.  Caving anybody?


SEE: Budget-friendly foodie escapes across Mzansi

1. The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice 

Enter a dazzling world where adventure awaits at The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice alongside Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a walk down memory lane in colourful celebration of magic, spirit and family fun. 

Date: 19 - 23 July

Where: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

Cost: R50 - R450

2. The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 

The country's leading comedy festival, the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival returns with its 13th award-winning production of a selection of local and international stars including Alan Committie as MC, Marc Lottering, Captain Frodo, Mario Queen of the Circus and many more funny people.

Date: 10 July - 6 August

Where: Baxter Theatre Centre

Cost: R190

3. Head to the Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront has a full holiday programme - On 28 June you can explore the museums of the Waterfront until late and from 30 June there will be an outdoor skating rink.

1.  Vodacom Durban July 

Durban's event of the year - known for its socialite status as well as high fashion. The event is much more than horse racing and is about the expression of self through fashion. It is known as Africa's greatest horse racing event. 

Date : 1 July 2017

Cost: R220 purchase tickets here

2.  The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

Where better to take the kids then the magical show of Disney on Ice  as it makes its way to Durban - the show is promised to be filled with familiar characters from Dory in Finding Nemo to Woody in Toy Story. Let your inner child come out and play as you enjoy this show with the kids. The show will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre 

Date: 13 - 16 July 2017  

Cost: R90 - R400 purchase tickets here

3. Creighton Aloe Steam and Hot air balloon festival 2017 

A steam train ride adventure along the Ngogwaan river that will allow you to be witness to the many various colors and beautiful aloes. On the train there will be snacks and drinks available to buy. Three hours in total but well worth the ride as there are two stops along the way and you are able to take splendid photos of the lush aloes along the river. This wonderful festival is inclusive of a mountain bike trail and a hot air balloon ride as well as a thriving market.

Date: 14 - 16 July 2017 

Cost: Price dependent on size of coach - R280 adult, R230 kids purchase tickets here.

4. Fact Durban July Rocks 

A music festival that is purely local with an energy that is undeniably infectious. Head over to Fact Durban July Rocks to enjoy the best local artists as it promises to be bigger and better than 2016.  

Date:  2 July 2017

Cost: R250 - R1750 purchase tickets here.

5. Music at the Lake : Durban Botanic Gardens 

A live screening of the classic and all- loved Lion King movie. This event is for the whole family and is an evening to be enjoyed. 

Date: 8 July 2017 

Cost: R80 - R95 purchase tickets here. 

6. Great outdoor hiking spots

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.  

7. 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. 

8. Explore Beachwood Mangroves Reserve

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

9. 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.  

10. Take a stroll through Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

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

11. Durban Funworld is an oldie but a goodie

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

12. 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. 

13. Hillcrest Paintball

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



A scenic day or evening with the whole family - why not have a picnic and games day out with the family. The calming lily ponds and secret hidden spots are a delight! 

DateOpen Monday - Sunday 

Cost: Entrance is FREE

Time: Please check here

2. National Arts Festival 

130 km drive out of Port Elizabeth but well worth the drive the National Arts Festival - with over a hundred different arts and culture shows. There is also a festival for the kids - Children's art festival as its a creative 10 day experience for primary school children. 

Date: 29 June - 9 July 2017 

Cost: R20 - R130 purchase tickets here. 

Time: Please check here for different show times 

SEE: For more information please read  National Arts Festival 2017 : Planning ahead

3. Sunday Funday Concert - National Youth Wind orchestra 

For live music for all from ages 3 - 103 the Sunday Funday concert has it!  Live music is conducted and played by young musicians. 

Date: 9 July 2017

Cost: R95 adults, R50 concessions. Purchase tickets here 

Time: 14:30-  17:00 

4. Jesse Cleg Live

Acclaimed South African artist will be playing live at The Bridge Street Brewery! A talented local musician that has taken the world by storm.

Date: 14 July 2017

Cost:  R90 per person.

Time: 17:00 - 01:00

5. Local Market Madness 

The local markets are teeming with activity during the school holidays and is a perfect event for the whole family. From tasting local milk tarts to lounging about in the greenery. The Back to Earth Night market at the Old Cash store has organic goods and well as hand-made crafts. 

Date: Every weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Cost: Entrance is FREE

Time: Weekends

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