Watch the Sardine Run
An extraordinary marine spectacle that takes place every year during the winter months is the sardine run. This is when large shoals of sardines, specifically the Southern African pilchard. The shoreline is coloured silver as the tiny fish make their way to the shores of the beaches in KwaZulu-Natal.
Take a hike in Umhlanga
A great idea for a family day trip is to head to the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve and to stroll through the coastal dune forest and across the Ohlange River towards the Umhlanga Lagoon.
Visit the People’s Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Take the kids to the People’s Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium. There is a kid’s play area for under 12’s, expansive lawns and a kilometre-long track. There is a huge space on marble-like paving for the older ones to do skate-boarding and ride bikes down the ramps of the stadium.
Take the family to Funworld
Durban Funworld may seem like an obvious addition to this list but, hey, there’s no doubt it will be a huge hit with the kids. Plus, it’s actually quite affordable. And during the school holidays, Funworld will be open until late every day. Be sure to take a family ride on the aerial cableway overlooking the city, the tilt-a-whirl or the swing boat.
Splash around at uShaka Marine World
It’s one of those places that will leave the entire family entertained. Swing by the Sea World aquarium and marvel at the incredible sea creatures or take things a step further and get wet in a world of slides and pools at Wet ‘n Wild.
Visit the Virginia Nature Reserve
A moderate walk is a great way to drain off some pent up energy. The Virginia Nature Reserve is 38ha reserve in the heart of Durban North. Once inside the gates, your kids will forget they are in the city and Dora the Explorer adventures take over.
Confront crocodiles and snakes at PheZulu Safari Park
Nestled in the Valley of 1000 Hills just over half an hour drive from Durban, PheZulu Safari Park is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Apart from the breathtaking beauty of the area, the park’s highlight is definitely its menagerie of crocodiles and snakes.