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15 Crazily fun Summer activities YOU have to do!

15 Crazily fun Summer activities YOU have to do!

The grass is a luscious green along the N3 Gateway, skies are a bright blue and the sea is warming up perfectly for the vacationer’s arrival.  All activities, resorts, shops are ready and waiting for YOU to have FUN IN THE SUN this Summer!!

If you are heading towards the kwaZulu-Natal coast this summer, or are in need of some activity inspiration, you have found the right blog.

Expressions on the Beach –Durban
Situated just off Addington Beach, 200m from Ushaka Marine World, you will find a store that caters for your every ocean activity needs. You don’t have to bring it on holiday, you can hire go karts, bicycles, skateboards, surfboards and body boards plus stand up paddle boards AND even grab a lesson in stand up paddling and surfing. Contact: Xpressions on the Beach for your ocean fest!

Xpressions on the Beach

ZuluMoon Gondola – Point Canal, Durban
Coming off the beach and want to engage in a relaxing activity? Get to ZuluMoon Gondolas for a rather romantic end to your day at the beach. You can choose from an array of different options: magical night ride, whole family day ride or even a Venetian mask ride. Contact: Zulu Moon Gondolas

Segway Gliding Tour – Durban
A visit to Durban wouldn’t be complete without a Moses Mabhida Stadium activity! You can enjoy an uncrowded tour of the stadium by hopping on a segway with Segway Gliding Tours. Seriously fun and a good thigh workout! Young to old, all will have a segway smile whilst viewing the stadium. Catch them at Segway Gliding Tour

Segway Gliding Tour

Phansi Museum – Durban
Explore this small private museum, which hosts the most spectacular collections of African arts and crafts. You will find this collection in a fully resorted Victorian national monument building on Esther Roberts Road, Durban. Visit Phansi Museum to find out what exhibition is taking place during your Durban stay.

Phansi Museum

PheZulu Safari Park – Durban
Located in the picturesque Valley of 1000 Hills, just west of Durban, is PheZulu, a safari and reptile park that offers entertainment for all ages. Want to get up close to a crocodile, or perhaps a Burmese python? See how high your can kick your legs with the Zulu dancers or how about a game drive through the game park and enjoy the latest edition of a Segway tour around the property? PheZulu is waiting to welcome you: PheZulu Safari Park

PheZulu Safari Park

Park Runs
Get active and work off those Christmas mince pies! Brahaman Hills, Piggly Wiggly, Thousands Hill – Wooton Avenuen, Bothas Hill, Winterton, Ladysmith, Dusi-  Camps Drift Cricket oval, PMB, Cannibals Cave- Lizzys Store, Royal National Park Road, KZN,  Shongweni Park Run, Durban Shongweni Club, North Beach, Suncoast Casino Promenade, Harrismith, Platberg Nature Reserve are ready and waiting for you this Festive Season. Ensure you meet at 8am at one of the above mentioned venues, to run/walk your 5km’s and stay fit this season.

BEYOND DURBAN

Midmar Dam
Just outside of Howick, MidMar Dam await’s for your inland water holiday experience. Midmar Dam can be a day outing or an overnight experience. Book a chalet or get your picnic spot early in the day. Windsurfers, canoes and yachts can be hired from the shop. You can contact Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to find out more details: www.kznwildlife.com

Umngeni Valley Nature Reserve – Howick
Can be found on the Karkloof Road, just outside of Howick, kwaZulu-Natal. A day well spent wondering through the valley, looking out for the 270 bird species, various types of trees and of course the wild mammals. There are six walking trails in the reserve and a 6km auto-trail. Overnight stay is possible in one of the many chalets on offer. Contact www.umngenivalley.co.za

Umngeni Valley Nature Reserve

Sani Pass
A trip to the Southern Drakensberg is extremely picturesque – you travel through forests, villages, rolling hills, winding roads and then eventually hit Underberg and afterwards, Himevile. Sani Pass is the gateway to Lesotho. For a lot of South Africans, it’s the testing ground of their 4×4 driving skills, but if you are a little nervous to drive up the pass, you can make contact with Roof of Africa ToursSani Pass Tours, Drakensberg Adventures, Major Adventures Tour Company to take you to the “highest pub in Africa” at Sani Mountain Chalet, with an elevation of 2,876 metres.

Sani Pass in Summer by Alex Hall

Tubing the Umzimkulu River!
Summer spent in the Drakensberg mountains is not complete without a tubing experience down a river. The Umzimkulu River provides a lazy day option, with a few rapid thrills in between. Get hold of Meadow Lane Country Cottages, Umzimkulu River Lodge or Pennygum Country Cottages for more details.

Scootours – Central Drakensberg
Get your adrenaline pumping, as you head down the mountain with these eco friendly over sized “tekkie” Scooters. Allow yourself two hours of thrilling fun. You can find more details www.scootours.co.za

Scootours.

All Out Adventures – Norhern Drakensberg
Another family favourite, set in the beautiful Northern Drakensberg, among towering pine trees. At All Out Adventures you can leave the kids entertained in the kiddy zone whilst you are free to enjoy a blood curdling scream while attempting the King Swing! Don’t forget to hire a mountain bike and pedal your way through 100km of mountain bike trails. www.alloutadventures.co.za

All Out Adventures by Jacques Marais

Clarens Xtreme – Clarens
You won’t miss this impressive location, as the oversized signage CX greets you on your entrance into Clarens. Clarens Xtreme provides the whole family with entertainment from wall climbing, putt-putt, zip lining, archery, white water rafting and more. Get active with Clarens Xtreme

Clarens Xtreme

 AfriSki – Lesotho
AfriSki, in the Lesotho mountains, may be known for its snow season, but you can also find yourself testing the Summer Season at this location. Book your stay in the attractive Lesotho mountains and experience wild swimming, mountain biking, 4×4 trails and of course a day trip to find the dinosaur footprints at Subeng Stream, 5km from Hlotse. Get in touch now with Afriski

AfriSki in the Summer

 AFROPUNK – Johannesburg

Afropunk are heading to Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg and the concert takes place on the 30-31st of December. AFROPUNK has been defining culture in the music world; a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. It’s not just a music festival but rather a movement. www.afropunkfest.com/johannesburg

Lori Voss

loriv@n3gateway.com

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