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Mags shares her favourite KZN hangout spots

East Coast Drive presenter Mags says KwaZulu-Natal is the best place for “family living”.


TV and radio personality Margaret Westerhof, formerly known as Mags van der Westhuizen, loves socialising with family and friends, so naturally, she would know all the best spots to hang out in KZN.

Mags stole the show during her appearance on season one of ‘Big Brother South Africa’ in 2001. She was described as the life-of-the-party by viewers, who were kept entertained by her antics in the house.

Nearly two decades later and she is still the same fun-loving person. 

“It’s is no secret that I love my social life, a good party with my family and friends. Yes, I have calmed down since BB days (it was 17 years ago), but I do love a party. My craziest night out? I can’t remember,” she says.

So, where does the self-professed party lover enjoy hanging out in KZN?

If you love the beach, Mags has a few ideas.

“We moved to Ballito for its beaches. Salt Rock Beach is a great family beach.  Christmas Bay, for that real international beach feeling. It’s super exclusive. We love Ballito’s Boulders Beach, aka Grannies Pool as my Mom calls it. It’s super baby friendly with its small waves and little rock pools - a low tide of course.  The Umhlanga Promenade has a special place in my heart because that’s where I used to run.”

Never look back! #goals #monday #freshstart @mrpsport @eastcoastradio @iloveballito

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The East Coast Drive presenter spends a lot of time on family adventures with her son Daniel.

She says KZN is a great place to raise a family and there are many kid-friendly places to visit.

“KZN has so much to offer hence the reason why I moved back from Joburg for family living. If you down the south coast you must do Ramsgate lagoon for some paddle boat riding and the butterfly dome. In Durban, an obvious must is uShaka but do the promenade too. There is so much along the way in terms of longboarding, cycling, supping, and snorkelling. Slightly more inland, do Giba Gorge for littlies right up to the grownups.

“Then, of course, I'm going to promote Ballito in saying you can come to any of our jump parks (great if it's rainy), our tidal pools for snorkelling, Holla Trails for a superb bike ride, there are multiple animal farms. Simbithi Country Club is a stunner for dining and kids play area. The restaurants in general always offer child-friendly dining where they get to play.”

Don’t scream! 😂 #Ushaka #farquaad #shark #suchagirl

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The international Mercer’s Quality of Living survey recently voted Durban the best city to live in South Africa for the fourth year in a row.

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Here’s a look at Mags’ Top 5 spots to hang out in Durban:

1.    Home

2.    The Oyster Box

3.    The Beverly Hills

4.    Fiamma Grill

5.    Alchemy Gin Bar Ballito

Mags says if she could take an international visitor to any place in KZN, she would pick one of Durban’s most popular venues – the Oyster Box.

“It’s the diva in me. You get the best of our coastline, location, food, and service, enough said!” she says.

Catch the East Coast Drive with Bongani and Mags, weekdays 3pm - 6pm.

What’s your favourite place to hangout in KZN? Let us know in the comments section.

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