Fun places to visit around KZN during the holidays

Fun places to visit around KZN during the holidays

There are many fun things you can do these holidays with your family if you are in or around KZN. From picnic sites to beaches, these are places you can visit to make your holiday memorable.

Women and child having fun
Women and child having fun /iStock

KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most popular provinces that attracts people from all over the world during the holiday season.

This is because the province has beautiful beaches, game reserves, and must-see heritage sites.

Picnic sites

Plan a fun picnic for the whole family at Durban Botanic Gardens - Africa's oldest surviving botanic garden.

“Families are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and camp chairs, and relax on the lawns or under a majestic tree. All areas are accessible for picnics unless they are reserved for a specific event,” Durban Botanic Gardens says on its website.

Other places you can visit include the Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, which is located on 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban, and the Japanese Gardens in Durban North, which is also a fantastic picnic spot which has a playground for the kids, an expansive grass lawn for them to play on, a small stream, and a tea garden.

READ: Mission Rock - A gorgeously relaxing picnic site in KZN

Nature Reserves

Kranzkloof Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including 250 species of birds and rare plants. You can also see the African Crowned Eagle nest at the nature reserve.

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is located on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

Visit KwaZulu-Natal’s newest reserve, Babanango Game Reserve. The reserve offers the following great experiences: guided 4×4 safaris, sparkling pool, star gazing, astrophotography, nature walks, bush dining, and a zipline.


Summer is the perfect time to visit the beach and experience the warm sand and gentle waves.

The beach is the best spot to reconnect with nature, sit back and soak up the sun, and watch the waves roll in.

Visit the following beaches for a fun time by the water - uMhlanga Main Beach, Scottburgh Beach, Sodwana Bay, and Amanzimtoti Beach.

Adrenaline-rush activities

Hillcrest Paintball is Durban’s finest paintball range. It is located in Botha’s Hill and has a variety of paintball arenas.

Wild 5 Adventure offers adrenalin-rush enthusiasts the world’s highest gorge swing, wild paintball, wild abseil, and wild quad adventures.

uShaka Marine World is one of the famous fun places in Durban. Visitors will be spoilt for choice. Whether you are looking for rides, slides or to learn something new, there is something fun for everyone.

READ: uShaka Marine World: The place to be during the school holidays

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