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THINGS TO DO IN DURBAN

CLUB VENTURE

Clubventure is an adventure playground for the whole family. It’s located 15 kilometres inland from places to stay in Ballito and is great for a whole day’s entertainment.

Zip along on a 1.5 kilometre Zipline Tour which includes the first zipline in the world of its type called the PARAZIP. You get a bird’s eye-view of the stunning Ballito area and Indian Ocean..

Looking for adventure just around the corner? Clubventure is located 15km inland from Ballito and offers adventure activities.

There’s something for everyone at Clubventure. Another highlight is the scuba diving training centre which has a 800 000 liter scuba training pool. You can do a PADI scuba diving course as well as the 3-hour “Discover Scuba Diving”.

COMEFLY MICROLIGHTS

If you’ve always had a yearning to fly along the coastline of the North Coast of Durban which includes the beautiful bay of Ballito, then book a microlight flight with Comefly Microlights. The view of the stunning coastline is spectacular and you’ll love the wind and sun in your face.

A microlight flight with Comefly Microlights is a safe and exhilarating adventure and one of the most fun things you can do on a holiday to Ballito.

CROCODILE CREEK

Crocodile Creek is a wonderful place in Ballito for the whole family. It’s home to over 10 000 crocodiles as well as a selection of orphaned and rescued animals. You’ll see Nile, West African Dwarf and slender-snouted crocodiles as well as American alligators.

Other animals and reptiles at Crocodile Creek include a range of snakes, tortoises, rabbits, wild monkeys and banded mongoose. Crocodile Creek is tucked away in lush coastal bush overlooking the Utongati River flood plain which lies mid-way between Ballito and Tongaat.

There’s a Learning and Party area at Crocodile Creek as well as a great restaurant which serves simple, affordable meals for the whole family. A 1-hour tour and demonstration at Crocodile Creek is full of fun, fear and fascination.

FLAG ANIMAL FARM

Flag Animal Farm has been voted the best animal farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal and not only is it a fun outing for the whole family, it’s also home to animals that have been rescued and given a safe place to live.

The animal sanctuary has been running for 16 years and in that time over 13 500 orphaned, injured or abandoned animals have been saved by the people who work at Flag Animal Farm. Supporting the animal farm means they can keep up the good work saving animals in distress.

There are not many places in South African where young children can experience a real farm experience and at Flag Animal Farm they can walk freely and safely among so many wonderful animals.

Other facilities at Flag Animal Farm include children’s entertainment shows, a pirate ship, indoor play centre, reptile room, tractor and train rides, an obstacle course and a prayer facility. There’s a lovely coffee shop and deli which also serves certified Halaal food.

KWAZULU-NATAL SHARKS BOARD

The Kwa-Zulu Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is an institution in Durban and well-known for the role it plays in protecting bathers swimming at the many Durban beaches from shark attacks.

There are 37 beaches along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline that are equipped with bather safety gear which is owned and maintained by the KZN Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence.

There’s a fascinating museum at the facility with interesting shark exhibits and you can watch a dynamic audio visual presentation which shows aerial footage, slow pans and tight close ups of shark behaviour off the Natal coast. You can also book an early morning Boat Tour which takes you up and down the glorious Golden Mile of Durban. You are out at sea before the sun rises and back 2 exciting hours later.

The KZN Sharks Board run boat tours from Monday to Friday. The audio visual presentation is hosted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week and the first Sunday of every month.

SIMBITHI COUNTRY CLUB & GOLF COURSE

There are a few excellent golf courses on the North Coast of Durban but one of the best has to be Simbithi golf course. It’s a magical 18-hole golf course that was designed by Peter Matovich. The fairway is pristine and with the layout, you’re guaranteed to play every club in your bag.

The Simbithi Country Club is a great place for the whole family to visit and the Fig Tree Restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Ballito.

SUGAR RUSH PARK

Sugar Rush Park is the best destination in Ballito if you want a day of fun and quality time with the family. There’s something for everyone and the whole focus is to get everyone – young and old – to enjoy the outdoors and have some fun.

You’ll find a wide range of activities at Sugar Rush Farm and enjoy the wide open spaces, delicious food at the restaurant and the fact that it’s so easy to get to from Ballito.

Activities at Sugar Rush Farm include:

  • Kids Play Zone
  • Feathers & Furballs Petting Zoo
  • Kids Mountain Bike Track
  • Ballito parkrun
  • The Sugar Rush Express & Tractor Rides
  • Milk Station
  • The Digs Kitchen
  • Holla Trails
  • TUWA Beauty Bar & Spa
  • Gymnastics and Trampoline Park
  • Ndlondlo Reptile Park
  • Sugar Rush Putt-Putt
  • Laser Rush
  • Garden Decor Zone

THE JUMP PARK

The Jump Park is a fantastic indoor trampoline park with 700 square metres covered wall-to-wall with trampolines. It’s the perfect place for families and adrenalin-junkies. All the trampolines are designed for 100% and suitable for adults, teenagers and children.

HAWAAN FOREST

This beautiful forest is a unique woodland area bounded by the Ohlanga River and the sea. After centuries it still remains unspoiled and is home to a large number of animals and birds.

The Hawaan Forest also contains many different tree species and is a must for a nature and bird lover. In an attempt to continue preservation of the area, the Hawaan trails are not open to the public but one can join a guided trail through the unique ecosystem inhabited by bush pig, genet, duiker and sometimes, phythons!

AQUA AIR KITEBOARDING SCHOOLS

DIVE NAUTIQUE

DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING

Dolphins can be seen from Umdloti throughout the year. Whales tend to visit the warmer Indian Ocean waters off Umdloti for calving from end June to end November. Our Nature and Wildlife section gives tips on how to distinguish between the different species of whales and dolphins frequently seen from Umdloti shores.

FAT TRAXX

MILE HIGH PARASAIL

MUNDO VIDA

Husband and wife team, Don and Joni Wilkinson along with their son Duke run this contemporary and stylish restaurant on the Umhlanga Coastline. The menu offers light lunches and cocktails for the day and a delicious dinner in the evening. The location is the setting for a long lunch or an early dinner to watch the sunset.

Try the generous portion of grilled calamari served with pommes frites – you surely won’t be disappointed or if you’re looking for something a little lighter the Greek salad is a great option.

MOUNT EDGECOMBE GOLF CLUB

NATAL SHARKS BOARD

The heart, red and bloody, pounds across the sterile table causing yours to hit hard against your chest. Your eyes sparkle with adrenalin as you make out your own silhouette in the glazed eye of the predator. Your hand rises with desire to brush against the rough leathery skin curious to touch the grain that caresses like sandpaper but the bladed teeth still protruding and hungry with bite even in their death keep you at spectator’s distance.

This live dissection of a dead shark at the Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga, Durban is enough to loop the Jaw’s soundtrack in your mind for weeks to come but the simultaneous education of the vital role that sharks play in the natural ecosystem coupled with the truth that leaving our territory for a splash in the water we trespass in their territory; one is left feeling sympathetic and responsible.

The only institution of its kind in the world, the Natal Sharks Boards (NSB) services a 320km strip of shark nets and newly deployed drumlines along the KwaZulu Natal coastline leaving sun worshippers, beach-goers and surfers enjoying the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. The Natal Sharks Board research and conservation programmes have developed harmless methods like the electrical shark repellent to keep divers safe and this magnificent apex predator around for generations to respect. NSB welcomes visitors to the 25 minute audiovisual display of their day to day work followed by a 20 minute shark dissection.

SANDBAR RESTAURANT & COCKTAILS

The SandBar is the brain child of 4 locals that have lived in Umdloti for many years. After a few cocktails on the beach, one sunny December day, we envisaged a restaurant & bar that reflected a cool, vibrant and fun place for locals and holiday makers to meet and enjoy good honest food, combined with great wines and colourful cocktails. Our philosophy is a simple one: ‘Good food, friendly service, served in a relaxed environment’. Combine all those factors with one of KZN’s best restaurant locations, then we have one of Durban’s best kept secrets (not for long though!)

UMDLOTI BEACH

It’s not just the 5km stretch of beautiful beaches that causes visitors to flock to Umdloti Beach, but also the very likely possibility of seeing dolphins playing in the waves that attracts many to the beaches of Umdloti. Add the natural beauty of the area and professional lifeguards on duty every day, this all makes Umdloti Beach particularly suited for a great beach outing for young and old.

Umdloti Beach features a gorgeous natural tidal pool which is safe for younger kids to play and swim in and at low tide you will be able to little fish and ocean life in the rock pools. The beaches are shark netted so its safe for adults to swim, do some snorkeling, surfing or diving.

The major feature of this gorgeous beach is the large natural rock pool, which makes for excellent swimming for little ones. The beach is also bordered by exquisite fields of sugar cane and subtropical bush, which create an idyllic backdrop to your vacation photos and a day spent on the beach. Umdloti is fabulous for swimming, snorkelling, SUP-ping, surfing, and beach sports that make use of the untouched sandy shores.

Umdloti Beach is also well known amongst locals and regular visitors for the dolphins that swim in shallow waters every morning. They playfully peep out of the water as they glide parallel to the shore in impressive schools. Between July and November, whales are also frequently spotted by excited onlookers on the sandy coast.

UMDLOTI BUSH TAVERN

WAVE HOUSE DURBAN

Located at Gateway’s Theatre of Shopping on Umhlanga Ridge, Wave House Durban is South Africa’s hottest entertainment venue. It’s an awesome fusion of all boardsport cultures providing the ultimate place for the cool youth to hang as well as being a great spot for a family day out. Wave House features the mighty D-Rex – the first of its kind double-point break standing wave, two beach-break Flowriders for beginners and family enjoyment, as well as the 4000m² Skatepark designed by 10-time World Skating Champion, Tony Hawk.

Wave House is also home to a host of fully-stocked bars and a restaurant to ‘wet’ your appetite. So, you can enjoy a meal on our sundowner wrap-around deck which overlooks the park and be at the centre of the unique Wave House extreme sport action. There is action all round, with unmatched entertainment from live bands to the spectacular events staged at this hi-tech venue. Wave House is a playground for everyone, from the millions of visitors that come to use the park, to the top boardsport personalities the world over.

WELLESLEY EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

THINGS TO DO IN DURBAN

DURBAN BOTANIC GARDENS

GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING

The Gateway Shopping Centre is a retail and recreational revolution resident in the holiday town of Umhlanga. Long stretches of beach available at the shores are challenged by long stretches of buying available at the stores.

This mega mall comprises of over 360 outlets; nationals and chain stores put forward their best shopping as showcased by their Durban flagship branches anchoring each wing. All needs and retail categories are catered for including fashion, grocery, services, supplies, speciality, dining and entertainment. Built in the new millennium this centre has traded as a ‘Theatre of Shopping’ having been awarded accolades for its great super-centre status on the African continent.

As home to some of South Africa’s first of it’s kind in activity parks and in some cases best in it’s category, all attractions that form part of this Gateway World are significant in international size and standards. Family sport and adventure centres include The Rock, Skatepark, Wavehouse and Fantasy Forest.

Cinema mega-theatres include The Imax Theatre, Cinema Nouveau and Ster Kinekor. Art is represented by the Kizo Gallery, education by the Old Mutual SienceCentre, culture by the Barnyard Theatre and off road by the Nissan 4 x 4 Track. Gateway World is an indoor and outdoor shopping playground; in all seasons; to all ages. Shop ’til you drop; play ’til you stay.

HAWAAN FOREST

MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

MOUNT MORELAND

Witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows: Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount Moreland and witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows. (Barn Swallow – Hirundo Rustica).

Every evening from mid October to mid April, millions of these tiny birds gather for about half an hour before sunset and fly in vast numbers over the Lake Victoria Wetlands. As dusk falls, the swallows drop down in the reeds and are gone … until dusk the next day!

The Wetland is the largest roost site for the Barn (European) Swallows during their summer migration to South Africa. The round trip from Europe can be over 12,000 kilometres which is no mean feat for a bird weighing an average of 18 grams.

The viewing site is open to visitors every day at sunset. Please bring your own chairs, drinks and snacks and it is advised that you bring mosquito repellent. There is no charge for viewing the swallows, but a donation box is on site for those who wish to donate to maintaining the area.

UMHLANGA MAIN BEACH

UMHLANGA LAGOON NATURE RESERVE

UMHLANGA LIGHTHOUSE

The place of light in the ‘Place of Reeds’ (Zulu translation of the word Umhlanga) shines from the white lighthouse with a topside red stripe. Beached facing the sunrise it acts on the red sky that may serve as a sailors’ warning and shines a bright welcome to the bustling port of Durban, much to sailors’ delight. The familiar sight from portholes passing by is also the familiar subject of postcards of passers-by.

The Umhlanga Lighthouse is fully automated though its form is hand captured by local artists whose works are sold to foreigners chartering international waters with framed fragile portraits of this sturdy structure. Mistress of memorabilia and master of light since 1954, this 21m high circular concrete tower has a light range of 24 sea miles at a focal plane height of 25 meters above high sea level. It has never been attended by a lighthouse keeper with the official warden residing at the adjacent original beach cottage of the area, now the Oyster Beach Hotel.

Portnet Lighthouse Service receives status reports of this nautical guardian from the control office located at the hotel. This sea-side holiday destination offers warm swimming waters for sun worshippers and the occasional Indian Ocean lashing by King Neptune for seafarers. Treacherous waters carry danger in the South Eastern coast currents that flow alongside the KwaZulu Natal beach belt. The crumbling condition of the original Durban Bluff Lighthouse commissioned the construction of this maritime guardian with a light power of 600 000 CD, group flashing three every twenty seconds. The revolving electric light beacon operates off the mains supply with one diesel alternator back-up power supply. An additional red light feature fixed to the lighthouse acts as a secondary warning system to ships waiting in the outer anchorage of the busy Durban Harbour.

The position of an anchored ship awaiting its tug can be monitored by its visibility of this red light. Should the light come into the ship’s visual range this sighting will confirm that the ship’s anchor has dragged and that immediate action needs to be taken to avoid further drifting into the rocks that form part of Umhlanga’s apt full name Umhlanga-Rocks. Pack a picnic, share the sand between your toes with the sand beneath the glow. Have the kids compete to build a sandcastle replica of this coastal column while you hold sea-shells to your ear and listen to the sounds of sea.

USHAKA MARINE WORLD

USHAKA WET ‘n WILD

UMGENI RIVER BIRD PARK

GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING

DURBAN’S GOLDEN MILE

MINI TOWN

SIBAYA CASINO & ENTERTAINMENT KINGDOM

AQUA AIR KITEBOARDING SCHOOLS

DIVE NAUTIQUE

DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING

Dolphins can be seen from Umdloti throughout the year. Whales tend to visit the warmer Indian Ocean waters off Umdloti for calving from end June to end November. Our Nature and Wildlife section gives tips on how to distinguish between the different species of whales and dolphins frequently seen from Umdloti shores.

FAT TRAXX

MILE HIGH PARASAIL

MUNDO VIDA

Husband and wife team, Don and Joni Wilkinson along with their son Duke run this contemporary and stylish restaurant on the Umhlanga Coastline. The menu offers light lunches and cocktails for the day and a delicious dinner in the evening. The location is the setting for a long lunch or an early dinner to watch the sunset.

Try the generous portion of grilled calamari served with pommes frites – you surely won’t be disappointed or if you’re looking for something a little lighter the Greek salad is a great option.

MOUNT EDGECOMBE GOLF CLUB

NATAL SHARKS BOARD

The heart, red and bloody, pounds across the sterile table causing yours to hit hard against your chest. Your eyes sparkle with adrenalin as you make out your own silhouette in the glazed eye of the predator. Your hand rises with desire to brush against the rough leathery skin curious to touch the grain that caresses like sandpaper but the bladed teeth still protruding and hungry with bite even in their death keep you at spectator’s distance.

This live dissection of a dead shark at the Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga, Durban is enough to loop the Jaw’s soundtrack in your mind for weeks to come but the simultaneous education of the vital role that sharks play in the natural ecosystem coupled with the truth that leaving our territory for a splash in the water we trespass in their territory; one is left feeling sympathetic and responsible.

The only institution of its kind in the world, the Natal Sharks Boards (NSB) services a 320km strip of shark nets and newly deployed drumlines along the KwaZulu Natal coastline leaving sun worshippers, beach-goers and surfers enjoying the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. The Natal Sharks Board research and conservation programmes have developed harmless methods like the electrical shark repellent to keep divers safe and this magnificent apex predator around for generations to respect. NSB welcomes visitors to the 25 minute audiovisual display of their day to day work followed by a 20 minute shark dissection.

SANDBAR RESTAURANT & COCKTAILS

The SandBar is the brain child of 4 locals that have lived in Umdloti for many years. After a few cocktails on the beach, one sunny December day, we envisaged a restaurant & bar that reflected a cool, vibrant and fun place for locals and holiday makers to meet and enjoy good honest food, combined with great wines and colourful cocktails. Our philosophy is a simple one: ‘Good food, friendly service, served in a relaxed environment’. Combine all those factors with one of KZN’s best restaurant locations, then we have one of Durban’s best kept secrets (not for long though!)

UMDLOTI BEACH

It’s not just the 5km stretch of beautiful beaches that causes visitors to flock to Umdloti Beach, but also the very likely possibility of seeing dolphins playing in the waves that attracts many to the beaches of Umdloti. Add the natural beauty of the area and professional lifeguards on duty every day, this all makes Umdloti Beach particularly suited for a great beach outing for young and old.

Umdloti Beach features a gorgeous natural tidal pool which is safe for younger kids to play and swim in and at low tide you will be able to little fish and ocean life in the rock pools. The beaches are shark netted so its safe for adults to swim, do some snorkeling, surfing or diving.

The major feature of this gorgeous beach is the large natural rock pool, which makes for excellent swimming for little ones. The beach is also bordered by exquisite fields of sugar cane and subtropical bush, which create an idyllic backdrop to your vacation photos and a day spent on the beach. Umdloti is fabulous for swimming, snorkelling, SUP-ping, surfing, and beach sports that make use of the untouched sandy shores.

Umdloti Beach is also well known amongst locals and regular visitors for the dolphins that swim in shallow waters every morning. They playfully peep out of the water as they glide parallel to the shore in impressive schools. Between July and November, whales are also frequently spotted by excited onlookers on the sandy coast.

UMDLOTI BUSH TAVERN

WAVE HOUSE DURBAN

Located at Gateway’s Theatre of Shopping on Umhlanga Ridge, Wave House Durban is South Africa’s hottest entertainment venue. It’s an awesome fusion of all boardsport cultures providing the ultimate place for the cool youth to hang as well as being a great spot for a family day out. Wave House features the mighty D-Rex – the first of its kind double-point break standing wave, two beach-break Flowriders for beginners and family enjoyment, as well as the 4000m² Skatepark designed by 10-time World Skating Champion, Tony Hawk.

Wave House is also home to a host of fully-stocked bars and a restaurant to ‘wet’ your appetite. So, you can enjoy a meal on our sundowner wrap-around deck which overlooks the park and be at the centre of the unique Wave House extreme sport action. There is action all round, with unmatched entertainment from live bands to the spectacular events staged at this hi-tech venue. Wave House is a playground for everyone, from the millions of visitors that come to use the park, to the top boardsport personalities the world over.

WELLESLEY EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

THINGS TO DO IN DURBAN

DURBAN BOTANIC GARDENS

GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING

The Gateway Shopping Centre is a retail and recreational revolution resident in the holiday town of Umhlanga. Long stretches of beach available at the shores are challenged by long stretches of buying available at the stores.

This mega mall comprises of over 360 outlets; nationals and chain stores put forward their best shopping as showcased by their Durban flagship branches anchoring each wing. All needs and retail categories are catered for including fashion, grocery, services, supplies, speciality, dining and entertainment. Built in the new millennium this centre has traded as a ‘Theatre of Shopping’ having been awarded accolades for its great super-centre status on the African continent.

As home to some of South Africa’s first of it’s kind in activity parks and in some cases best in it’s category, all attractions that form part of this Gateway World are significant in international size and standards. Family sport and adventure centres include The Rock, Skatepark, Wavehouse and Fantasy Forest.

Cinema mega-theatres include The Imax Theatre, Cinema Nouveau and Ster Kinekor. Art is represented by the Kizo Gallery, education by the Old Mutual SienceCentre, culture by the Barnyard Theatre and off road by the Nissan 4 x 4 Track. Gateway World is an indoor and outdoor shopping playground; in all seasons; to all ages. Shop ’til you drop; play ’til you stay.

HAWAAN FOREST

MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

MOUNT MORELAND

Witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows: Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount Moreland and witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows. (Barn Swallow – Hirundo Rustica).

Every evening from mid October to mid April, millions of these tiny birds gather for about half an hour before sunset and fly in vast numbers over the Lake Victoria Wetlands. As dusk falls, the swallows drop down in the reeds and are gone … until dusk the next day!

The Wetland is the largest roost site for the Barn (European) Swallows during their summer migration to South Africa. The round trip from Europe can be over 12,000 kilometres which is no mean feat for a bird weighing an average of 18 grams.

The viewing site is open to visitors every day at sunset. Please bring your own chairs, drinks and snacks and it is advised that you bring mosquito repellent. There is no charge for viewing the swallows, but a donation box is on site for those who wish to donate to maintaining the area.

UMHLANGA MAIN BEACH

UMHLANGA LAGOON NATURE RESERVE

UMHLANGA LIGHTHOUSE

The place of light in the ‘Place of Reeds’ (Zulu translation of the word Umhlanga) shines from the white lighthouse with a topside red stripe. Beached facing the sunrise it acts on the red sky that may serve as a sailors’ warning and shines a bright welcome to the bustling port of Durban, much to sailors’ delight. The familiar sight from portholes passing by is also the familiar subject of postcards of passers-by.

The Umhlanga Lighthouse is fully automated though its form is hand captured by local artists whose works are sold to foreigners chartering international waters with framed fragile portraits of this sturdy structure. Mistress of memorabilia and master of light since 1954, this 21m high circular concrete tower has a light range of 24 sea miles at a focal plane height of 25 meters above high sea level. It has never been attended by a lighthouse keeper with the official warden residing at the adjacent original beach cottage of the area, now the Oyster Beach Hotel.

Portnet Lighthouse Service receives status reports of this nautical guardian from the control office located at the hotel. This sea-side holiday destination offers warm swimming waters for sun worshippers and the occasional Indian Ocean lashing by King Neptune for seafarers. Treacherous waters carry danger in the South Eastern coast currents that flow alongside the KwaZulu Natal beach belt. The crumbling condition of the original Durban Bluff Lighthouse commissioned the construction of this maritime guardian with a light power of 600 000 CD, group flashing three every twenty seconds. The revolving electric light beacon operates off the mains supply with one diesel alternator back-up power supply. An additional red light feature fixed to the lighthouse acts as a secondary warning system to ships waiting in the outer anchorage of the busy Durban Harbour.

The position of an anchored ship awaiting its tug can be monitored by its visibility of this red light. Should the light come into the ship’s visual range this sighting will confirm that the ship’s anchor has dragged and that immediate action needs to be taken to avoid further drifting into the rocks that form part of Umhlanga’s apt full name Umhlanga-Rocks. Pack a picnic, share the sand between your toes with the sand beneath the glow. Have the kids compete to build a sandcastle replica of this coastal column while you hold sea-shells to your ear and listen to the sounds of sea.

USHAKA MARINE WORLD

USHAKA WET ‘n WILD

UMGENI RIVER BIRD PARK

GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING

DURBAN’S GOLDEN MILE

MINI TOWN

SIBAYA CASINO & ENTERTAINMENT KINGDOM

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