DURBAN HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER FAMILIES LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON – FROM SNORKELLING, GUIDED WALKS, PAINTBALLING, FROLICKING IN THE SNOW, THEATRE FOR THE KIDS, DISCOVERING OUR HISTORICAL PAST AND LOTS MORE. TSHIAMO LETSHOLO BRINGS YOU A SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS TO WHET YOUR APPETITE
WavePark Gateway: For carefree riders, gliders and first- timers, the WavePark at Gateway has spectacular waves, super tubes, a toddler’s zone, volleyball for sports fanatics, a foodies hangout and park facilities for the entire family to enjoy. Ideal for parents wanting to keep the kids busy while shopping or having some me-time. Costs vary. Daily, 9am-5pm. For more info: 031 584 9400; www.wavepark.co.za
Moses Mabhida Stadium: Like walking but looking for a change in scenery? Be daring with friends or family and take a walk up Moses Mabhida’s Sky Walk for an all-round adventure and panoramic views of the city. Or, take a guided tour of the stadium. Costs vary. Booking is essential. Weather permitting. Daily, 9am-5pm. For more info: 031 322 9936; www.mmstadium.com
Umgeni River Bird Park: With 900 birds, 180 species, free-flight bird shows (except Mondays), a restaurant and a playground, your kids can forget about their gadgets and become engulfed in nature. Tickets: Adults R50; children R30; pensioners R25. Daily, 9am-5pm. For more info: 031 322 5750; www.umgeniriverbirdpark. co.za
Sunset Catamaran: As the sun rises so shall it set, only this time you’ll be on a catamaran sundowner cruise with Hakuna Matata Charters cruising out to sea through the harbour channel. Tickets: Adults R180; children under 12, R120. Times vary, so phone ahead to check. Durban Marina. For more info: 031 307 3782.
uMzinyathi Falls: Relatively unknown, the uMzinyathi Falls and Rastafarian caves in Inanda are a treat for the hiker. The paths and caves may be tricky to navigate, however the walk leading up the popular climbing site close by will make the experience worthwhile. Get more out of the tour with the shuttle minibus for only R250, which includes transport, guides and all entry fees. Booking essential with Green Corridor. Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am- 5pm. For more info: 031 322 6026.
KZN Sharks Board: A chance to view the kings of the sea without getting wet – this is not for the fainthearted! Guided tours, shows and dissections make for an ideal and innovative way of getting the family involved in marine, environmental and conservation matters focused on protecting marine life. No children under 6. Booking is essential. Tickets: Adults R50; children R30. Tue-Thurs, 8am-4pm. For more info: 031 566 0400; www.shark.co.za