The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us! Filling up spare time and occupying the kids can be daunting and costly. We’ve put together a short list of inexpensive, unique, local, and family-friendly activities that are a must to try this festive season.
With the sky as our canvas and lush KwaZulu-Natal surrounds as our inspiration, Cornubia Mall truly integrates an indoor and outdoor lifestyle experience. Shop at over 120 stores, dine, and unwind with a feeling of the outdoors as you cross-connecting bridges, landscapes, walkways, and sidewalks in an uplifting space filled with natural light. Have a look.
The uMhlanga forest boardwalk and the delightful Forest Café
A walk in the trees, fresh air, and tasty drinks are the order of the day at the Forest Café, located at the northern end of the new uMhlanga boardwalk. The uMhlanga UIP’s new boardwalk extends from the uMhlanga promenade into the uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve which is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and with whom the UIP collaborates closely. Made from recycled plastic, the raised, wheelchair-friendly boardwalk’s design provides viewing decks overlooking the beach and lagoon. The Forest café is open from 6 am – 6 pm Monday to Sunday.
Durban View Park
The recently installed jungle gym at Durban View Park is the perfect outdoor activity for the little ones.
The uMhlanga Promenade, Lighthouse, and Whale Bone Pier
It’s a must to check out the iconic uMhlanga Lighthouse while taking a leisurely walk along the uMhlanga promenade, with its breathtaking views and easy access to coffee shops. The award-winning Whalebone Pier is a welcomed sight and great fun for all ages. These are all perfect spots to get some photos!
No matter what you’re craving this festive season, uMhlanga’s array of restaurants and bars is not lacking.
A guided walk in the Sibaya Coastal Forest
It’s fun, it’s family-friendly and it’s right on our doorstep! As we edge closer to the festive season, a guided walk through the Sibaya Coastal Forest Reserve is a great way to get the family outdoors.
Located just north of the Hawaan forest and uMhlanga lagoon and one of the last bio-systems of its kind, the 300-hectare Sibaya Coastal Forest Reserve also features a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Read more about FAQs regarding the Sibaya Coastal Forest Walk.
Feasting on Florida Road
Florida Road has a selection of restaurants all boasting something special. Make sure to walk the road to find something to suit, whether it’s a romantic night or family fun.
This renowned Ballito promenade runs from Salmon Bay to Willard Beach and is the perfect way to view the Ballito coastline. A dual-purpose deck has also been installed where an array of certified vendors showcase their handmade products.
Malls in Ballito
If you’re looking for some family-orientated indoor fun, you are spoilt for choice in Ballito. The Ballito Junction, Lifestyle Mall, The Well Centre, Balvista Centre, Ballito Steps, and The Quarter are easily accessible and have so much to offer.
A must-try is any of the local Ballito restaurants. Delicious food and an amazing atmosphere are certain!
You can find more fun and affordable activities on the following social pages as well:
Whats on Durban – https://www.facebook.com/whatsondurb
Whats Vibing uMhlanga https://www.facebook.com/whatsvibingumhlanga
Whats on Ballito https://www.facebook.com/whatsonballito
I love Ballito https://www.instagram.com/iloveballito/?hl=en