Winter is the very best time to be in Durban! Here are our top five things to do in the city during the July holidays.

Head for the forest



Take the kids for a tour through Durban’s very own Hawaan Forest Estate. Because it’s a protected area, the Hawaan forest is not usually open to the public, but trained rangers will take you on a guided tour of this magical spot and give you the fascinating facts about the indigenous greenery and the giant sand dune that lies beneath it. Call Umhlanga Centre of the Wildlife Society on 031 561 1682 to book a forest adventure.

Take to the waves

Little girl practicing surfing position at beach

Not every Durbanite instinctively knows how to dominate the ocean waves. That’s where the Learn 2 Surf holiday club can help. Book your children in for a Learn 2 Surf holiday programme and soon they’ll be acing the waves. Visit for programme information.

Cycle Giba Gorge


Pack the kids and your bicycles into the car and head to Giba Gorge for a great day out. Enjoy a range of cycling tracks created for every cycling-skill level as well as a BMX combo track and a cute little cafe that’ll help when you need some time out. Call 031 769 1527 to book your ride.

Get the ball rolling in Cliffdale


The experts call it “zorbing”, and we think it’s the most fun you can have while securely encased in a gigantic transparent ball. Get rolling on any of the three beautifully designed tracks, or pack your costume for a wonderful but wet AquaZorb ride. Visit to book your zorbtastic adventure.


Choo-choo the day away


The Umgeni Steam Railway has had passengers enchanted since 1984. On the last Sunday of the month the train takes excited groups from Stoker’s Arms in Kloof to the Inchanga station, showing off the beautiful farmlands that encompass the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Book early, because spaces fill up fast! Visit for more information.

Words: Cath Jenkin
Images: Supplied

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