The Upper Highway area (Durban Outer West) has fast become the weekend destination of choice for locals and visitors alike. With so many incredible activities on offer it is hard to choose where to start! We decided to share some of our top activity choices with you……
Summer is always cooler up the hill…
Top 10 activities to do in the Upper Highway Area in no particular order…
Phezulu Safari Park:
In the Valley of 1000 hills, you’ll find Phezulu Safari Park which offers game drives and a crocodile and snake park among many other activities. The 1-hour Game drive costs R240 for adults and R130 for children under 12. You’ll see blesbok, giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. There is also a curio store and traditional Zulu village.
Old Main Road, Bothas Hill. Call: 031 777 1205.
Open Mon to Sun from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Giba Gorge Horse Trails:
Visit Giba Gorge Horse Trails and enjoy a guided horse ride through the tranquil Giba Gorge and experience the exquisite trails which include rivers, waterfalls and an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife. The Trail Ride is R300 per hour per person, pony walks are R180 per half hour and R80 per 15min per person.
Giba-Gorge, Stockville road, Durban Call 082 623 3783
Open Tues to Sun ride times are 9:00am, 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm
Makaranga Botanical Gardens:
An attraction at Makaranga are the gardens, where you will find 18 ponds, a one-kilometre-long labyrinth and many beautiful statues in stone, bronze and marble that have been imported from Italy and Zimbabwe for your enjoyment. Whether your interest is botanical, photography, pleasure or if you are simply in need of some soul restoration, the garden is sure to satisfy you, be sure to stop in at The Deli first for a packed picnic to enjoy in the gardens.
1A Igwababa Road, Kloof Call 031 764 6616
If you’re looking for an adrenaline fuelled activity then this is the one for you.
Epic Karting at Watercrest Mall has just made their circuit longer with more difficult turns to challenge even the most experience of Go-Kart drivers. Whether it’s a boys day out or an interesting choice for a first date or even just a fun family day out, then be sure to pay them a visit and get see if you can beat the fastest times on the board. Ticket Prices start from R90 for 6 min up to R200 per person for 20 min
Watercrest Mall, 141 Inanda Road, Waterfall Call or Whatsapp 082 800 1431
Open Mon to Thurs 11am – 8pm Fri 10am to 9pm Sat 9am – 9pm Sun 9am – 6pm
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve:
The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is the jewel of Kloof – the reserve boasts several trails each one offering a unique scenery, there are also picnic spots with well-taken-care-of ablution facilities. The tranquillity of the dense forests and countless mini streams with spectacular waterfalls only add to the serenity of the reserve which makes this a perfect family-day outing. The cost to enter the picnic sites is R40 per adult and R20 per child under 12.
152 Kloof Falls Road, Kranskloof, Kloof Call 033 845 1000
Open Mon to Sun 6am to 6pm
Nu Driving Range:
If you are looking to keep our game on point while you’re in town on holiday then Nu Driving Range is definitely for you, with over 300m of driving space and ample width so you can hit your driver with confidence. This is the perfect tranquil spot to practice your drive, with a little coffee shop on sight and great kiddies play area, this also makes for a fun morning out to the hills. The cost is R50 per bucket of 50 balls.
Shongweni Rd, Pinetown NU, Hillcrest Call 082 337 2027
Open Mon to Sun 8am to 5:30pm (opens later on Mondays due to ground maintenance)
1000 Hills Brewing Company:
Established in 2009 (as Porcupine Quill Brewing Company), the brewery forms part of 1000 Hills Chef School where Advanced Students learn the art of Craft Beer Brewing. This brings a unique approach to brewing – with flavour and food in mind. Come along and experience a free tour of the brewery which includes taste testers of course and then meander on down to The Deli and indulge in the wonderfully varied menu and a cold craft beer or two. This venue makes for a great day out with friends and family.
2 Wootton Ave, Bothas Hill Call 031 777 1566
Open Fri, Sat and Sun 8am to 4pm
Woza Moya Embocraft Shop:
Woza Moya which means “Come Spirit of Change” is a wonderful craft store which can be found in Bothas Hill. Here you will find amazing handcrafted goods from jewellery to handbags and home décor items to children’s toys. This is a great place to get a gift for someone special while making a difference in the local community.
27 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill Call 031 765 5866
Open Mon to Fri 8am to 5pm Sat 8am to 2pm
Drummond Farmers Market:
This is the newest edition of Markets to the area which is not only a unique venue which is ideal for the young and old and of course, is pet-friendly but also plays host to local farmers, artisans and traders. At Drummond Farmers Market you will find local, fresh and unique handmade goods, food stalls and live music. There are also free activities for the kids which includes a Zip Line and loads of space to place to run and play. Bring your friends and family for a morning in the country.
29 Thousand Hills Drive, Drummond
Open Sunday 9am to 2pm
Muddy Paws Farm:
What a lovely way to spend a sunny Saturday morning with the little ones, this little hobby herb farm, nestled in Crestholme which is an area just outside of Waterfall. This is a unique venue where you can buy organically grown herbs and plants, shop for herb tinctures, teas, soaps, local produce, crafts, all homemade and handmade by the local community, there is also a simple self-service tea garden available on Saturdays and the little ones will delight in the
10 Ridgemont Rd, Crestholme, Waterfall Call 083 783 3450
Open Wed to Fri 9am to 12pm (herb nursery and shop only) Sat 8:30am to 3:30pm (herb nursery, shop and tea garden)
With so much on offer in the Upper Highway area you are ensured a magical experience no matter the weather or budget, there is something on offer to suit everyone and every occasion. SEE Upper Highway… Sleep…Eat…Explore… Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see what else is happening in the area and keep an eye out for the next activity article as we will be giving away a prize!
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