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10 Fun Activities to do in the Upper Highway Area
The Upper Highway area (Durban Outer West) has fast become the weekend destination of choice for locals and tourists alike. With so many incredible activities on offer, it is hard to choose where to start! We decided to share some of our favourite activity choices with you…… Here are 10 Fun Activities, in no particular order.
A short drive up Botha’s Hill you’ll find Phezulu Safari Park. A thrilling place with an African rich theme and culture offering an experience not to be missed. The restaurant with its stunning views makes the perfect spot for a sunrise breakfast before enjoying your choice of activities on offer. Activities include game drives, a crocodile and snake park and more. A place with much to see, do and learn!
The 1-hour Game drive costs around R240 for adults and R130 for children under 12 but prices are subject to change. You’ll see Blesbok, Giraffe, Impala, Zebra and Wildebeest. There is also a curio store and a traditional Zulu village which offers a thrilling tribal Zulu dance demonstration.
Address: 190 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill
Contact: 031 777 1205
Whether it is your very first time in the saddle or you are a pro, Giba Gorge Horse Trails offers an incredible equestrian experience like no other. From bitless bridles to magical waterfalls. This activity is perfect for all ages and Giba Horse Trails even cater to the handicapped.
A guided horse ride through the tranquil Giba Gorge offering guests exquisite trails which include rivers, waterfalls and an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife. With a beautiful picnic area, you can make a day of it, simply bring your picnic basket along!
Trail Rides are Open Tuesday to Sunday. Trail times are – 9:00, 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00
Giba-Gorge Mountain Park, Stockville road, Durban Call Cheri 062 573 7003
Perfectly positioned on Botha’s Hill exactly halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, one of the newer attractions in the Upper Highway that has fast become a family favourite. The Drummond Farmers Market takes place every Sunday right across the railway tracks from the Halfway Trading Post.
This special Market is not only a unique venue which is ideal for the young and old and of course, pet-friendly but also hosts local farmers, artisans and traders. At Drummond Farmers Market you will find organic, fresh and unique handmade goods, food stalls, live music and so much more. There are also free activities for the kids which includes a Zip Line, Jungle-Gym and loads of space to run and play. What better way to spend your day than with your friends and family in the countryside?
29 Thousand Hills Drive, Drummond / Open Sunday 9am to 2pm
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, be sure to pay them a visit and see if you can beat the fastest times on the board.
Open Mon to Thurs 11am – 8pm Fri 10am to 9pm Sat 9am – 9pm Sun 9am – 6pm
Watercrest Mall, 141 Inanda Road, Waterfall
Call or Whatsapp 082 800 1431
Just inland of Durban, on the coastal escarpment between Pinetown and Hillcrest, is the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. It is the spectacular meeting place of two river gorges, the Molweni and Nqutu. Situated only 4 kilometres from the centre of Kloof, this reserve was established by the Natal Parks Board in 1950 and is now managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
The best-known attraction at Krantzkloof is the well-developed picnic area adjacent to the dam at the head of Kloof Falls. The second Nkutu picnic site at 62 Valley Drive (29°44’49″S & 30°50’55″E) is also very popular and this entrance is open on weekends and public holidays.
There are a number of marked trails leaving from the two picnic sites which allow visitors the chance to view the falls or descend into the gorge, following the river course. Ask security for the map which is available for a small fee of R20 (2019). There are two guided trails each month on the first and third Sunday of each month starting at 8am
Open Mon to Sun 6am to 6pm
Address: 152 Kloof Falls Road, Kranskloof, Kloof
Contact: 033 845 1000
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.
NU Driving Range caters to all levels of golfers, from those starting out & still scratching around to those playing off a scratch.
” Welcoming people of all ages and nothing fills us with more satisfaction than seeing parents interacting with their kids whilst hitting a couple of buckets ”
Open Mon to Sun 8am to 5:30pm (opens later on Mondays due to ground maintenance)
Address: Shongweni Rd, Pinetown NU, Hillcrest
Contact: 082 337 2027
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.
Woza Moya is the empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust so our mission is “To serve all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in a practical, sustainable way.
Open Mon to Fri 8am to 5pm Sat 8am to 2pm
Address: 27 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill
Contact: 031 765 5866
Wesley is an iconic train that has offered many magical moments and created long-lasting memories for all those that have taken a ride.
Trains run from Kloof Station (Stokers Arms) to and from Inchanga Station, on the last Sunday of each month along the edge of the picturesque Valley of a 1000 Hills. Inchanga is a colonial station (built in 1895) & is 45 minutes ride away along the old mainline. The line was built in the late 1800s and is one of the oldest active railway lines in South Africa today.
Umgeni Steam Railway is registered as a Section-21 non-profit making organisation our surplus funds are used for the preservation of steam locomotives & “railwayana” in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Address: 1 Station Road, Inchanga
Contact: 082 353 6003
Established in 1998, the Shongweni Farmers Market has grown over the years, constantly adding to the assortment of traders and entertainment. Each Saturday morning offers you something new.
The only catch … you need to wake up early on a Saturday morning, but the reward is a really delicious breakfast and lots of fresh fruits & vegetables and other interesting finds. You will find a variety of cheese, wine, hormone free meat, free range chicken, duck, eggs, bread, olive oils and lots more.
Times: 6:30am to 10:00am every Saturday
Address: Shongweni Market, Lot 457, Mr551 , Shongweni
Call: 031 777 4686
The Hotel is conveniently situated in Botha’s Hill, 4km from the nearest business district and 65km from King Shaka International Airport, Chantecler offers all the amenities of city life without losing the tranquillity and seclusion of the countryside, The Chantecler Hotel is a perfect luxury “Heaven on Earth” Country retreat.
The Chantecler Hotel is a firm favourite in the Upper Highway Area. What is on offer at the Chantecler Hotel:
Lively Bar and friendly staff
Kids Play Ground
Famous Sunday buffets
Live music in the Beer Garden
If you are not in the mood for any of these activities then why not visit the Watercrest Mall and watch Movies at Ster Kinekor Theatres?
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.
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