1.Port Natal maritime museum, offers a panoramic view on Durban’s harbor. The museum gives great insight into the influence of maritime culture and the influence on local life will reflecting on the rigors and the roamance of lives lived a the sea. This is a must www. durbantourism/natal-maritime-museum.html
2.Umgeniriver bird park situated on 3.5 heaters of lush tropical land is home to 200 species which are all African birds. Tours are available as well www.umgeniriverbirdpark.co.za
3. Durban Natural Science museum.
4. Fun world, while it might seem like an obvious addition to the list but it’s arcade hosts a wide variety of fun for the whole family. Be sure to visit this is a must visit place to keep kids busy. www.mmstaduim.com
5. Only the brave shall confront the crocodiles of the KZN region. The valley of 1000 hills which is just half an hour drive from Durban is home to the crocodile park, which is a great fun for all ages. www.phezulusafaripark.co.za
6. Zorbing at the Groovy ball adventure park. While you get into a giant transparent ball rolling down different courses this is fun for all ages a must try for the kids. www.groovyballs.co.za
7. Paint ball fun at hill crest paintball
While you can choose your arena and discover the outdoor bush this is the ultimate fun for kids and adults. With SWAT style battle be sure to visit this place. www.hillcrestpaintball.co.za
8.Shongweni canoeing, 031 769 1283, R33 per adult, R20 per child, R20 per pensioner for entry fee into the park, canoes hire extra R150 for the day including life jackets, no cash accepted at gate, only debit and credit cards, click to see website. Gates open 5am and close 7pm, office opens 7am and closes 4pm. www.msinsi.co.za/shongweni-dam
9.Ocean Ventures – Dolphin Viewing and Whale watching – experience the thrill of the ocean while seeking dolphins or whales in Durban Spotting whales, whale sharks and other dolphins is not uncommon. www.oceanventures.co.za email email@example.com
The ‘Mosque of the Congregation” is Durban’s first mosque and the oldest and largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Find it in Grey Street to take in its geometric splendor. It can fit 6000 worshipers at one time. Remember to remove your shoes and dress respectfully when visiting.
12.Beach horse riding
There’s nothing like a late-afternoon gallop on the beach, kicking up sand and surf at sunset. And if you happen to fall in, the water is inviting and warm. For R250 pp Gary offers a two or four-person beach ride. 71 School Rd, Amanzimtoti. Call 084 205 9797 to arrange your ride.
13.Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park at Find it Faster
13.For adrenaline lovers Giba Gorge boasts a Supercross, BMX and cycle track. There are also calmer spots for picnics but with space for kids to run around. Entrance is R50 for adults and kids over 12 and R20 for kids under 12, non-riders pay R10 and trail runners pay R20. If you don’t have bicycles and helmets you can rent them from the independently run “Yolo Cycles” within the park. 110 Stockville Road, Pinetown. Call 031 769 1527.
14.Funky Monkey, Umhlanga *** Previously known as Jimmy Jungle’s, this fantastic indoor play centre is -a must visit for really hot days or Rainey days,there really isn’t anywhere that compares to the jungle gyms, toys, ball pits, super slides, trampolines and childcare at Funky Monkey. It sounds like a dream spot where you can enjoy a treat and some alone time,they now offer child minding service where you can actually leave your kids there and go get some work (or fun!) done. Website: http://www.kznkids.co.za/listing/funky-monkey-umhlanga
15. Shongweni Farmers Market Every Saturday at 1 Fraser Road, Hillcrest 6.30am – 10.3am http://www.shongwenimarket.co.za/
16.The KZN Sharks Board has an open exhibition in the foyer of its building which is a fascinating place to see the size of a real shark’s jaw. There are also dissections which kids can watch. Call 031 566
17. While uShaka offers great water entertainment where kids can be left for hours, you can enrol kids in the Sea World marine holiday course where they learn about the marine environment based on creative activities. Booking essential. Call 031 328 8128.
18.For a glimpse into history, take the kids to the capture site of Nelson Mandela near Howick. Which can be completed by a zulu cultural dance at Phezulu crocodile farm.
19.Visit Wilson’s Wharf and watch ships coming into and going out of the port, have a snack, or go on a harbour cruise.
20.Take a hike in the Hawaan forest to see what one looked like centuries ago. It’s a great birding spot. Booking is essential. Call 031 572 4116.
21.Lucky Bean is an awesome playgarden, with a 60m bike track, 3 amazing fantasy playhouses, swings, jungle gyms suitable for children from 1 years old and much more. We also have a beautiful undercover,astroturf playshed with the most amazing equipment and indoor swings that will keep your children entertained for hours. We have 2 partysheds for hire and a lovely coffee shop with delicous cakes and homemade food. We have a special kids menu with food kids actually eat ! Lucky Bean is a place for kids to play and parents to relax. We are a secure, safe, fully gated venue where you can relax while your children play freely.
22. Kwazulu-Natal is one of the biggest producers of sugar in the country. Visit the Sugar Terminal Silos at the western end of the Durban bay.
Here you’ll see three enormous silos that can hold as much as 500,000 tons of refined sugar, a truly colossal sight for any visitor. The Sugar Terminal at the Durban Bay is one of the largest in the world, and with guided tours offered by the South African Sugar Association through this gigantic complex, as well as informative films about the sugar production, you’ll get your moneys worth (if only for the sake of being surrounded by tons of sugar!)
At the Sugar Terminal, sugar from the silos is loaded onto cargo ships and then transported from Durban’s harbor to destinations all over the world.
Take the guided tour and see this splendid terminal with your own eyes. Tours are offered Monday – Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Don’t miss it. Website www.sasa.org.za
I hope that you will discover a new side of Durban this year. Please feel free to add any restaurants or places you have visited an enjoyed. Again I remind you that this list is made up via sourcing from the web for unusual things to do with kids this holiday season. Be safe and happy holidays.
Mumtaz Moosa Saley