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Sea, sun, stadiums – what to do on holiday

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Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

One of the city’s hidden gems, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens is an ideal picnic spot and one of the best botanical gardens in South Africa. Make sure to get some Instagram worthy snaps by the waterfall and be on the lookout for the elusive eagles that inhabit the area. Contact: 086 100 1278 or

Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway

It’s like going up Table Mountain in Cape Town, but in Hartbeespoort. Get your camera ready and drive through to the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway and take in the breath-taking views of the Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg, and the surrounding area. Take a picnic or enjoy a meal on top of the mountain at altitude. Contact: or 012 253 9910

James Hall Museum of Transport

The revolution of transportation has changed our world, so why not see how it all unfolded at the James Hall Museum of Transport in Rosettenville. Contact: or 011 435 9485

Bird & Wildlife Park at Montecasino

Bring out your inner ornithophile (love for birds), and visit the more than 60 species of birds and other animals at the Bird & Wildlife Park at Montecasino. Contact: 011 511 1864 or

Rosebank Rooftop Market

From food, art, crafts, and antiques to live music, entertainment, and activities for children, there’s something for everyone at The Rosebank Rooftop Market. Open on Sundays. Contact: 072 243 8582 or

Cape Town

Robben Island

Take a trip to one of the world’s most famous – or infamous – islands, and see first-hand the history that resides there. From the ferry ride to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, it will be a day that will never be forgotten. Contact: 021 413 4200 or

The Sea Point promenade

Cruise along the iconic Sea Point promenade by bike, eScooter, tandem bicycle, or even kayak and enjoy the best views of the Atlantic Seaboard. If you prefer to be on your own two feet, make sure to grab a coffee or ice-cream on route. Visit:

The Two Oceans Aquarium

Get up close and personal with the best under-water wildlife. This is great educational indoor fun and perfect for a rainy day. Contact: 021 418 3823 or visit

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Pack your cooler bag, and head to the historic and picturesque Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Take a stroll along the Boomslang canopy walk and get an aerial view of the flora and fauna that called the botanical gardens home. Contact: 021 799 8783 or

The Gardens Community Centre

If history is your thing, then pay the Gardens Community Centre a visit, tour the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, and then pop across to the South African Jewish Museum. Don’t forget to visit the Jacob Gitlin Library to get your hands on a wide variety of Jewish literature. Contact: 021 465 1546

Go on a hike

Not only is hiking a great form of exercise, it’s also a great way to see Cape Town from different angles. Hike up Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, or one of the several trials at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Contact: 021 712 7471


The Golden Mile

From uShaka Marine World to the Suncoast Casino, walk alongside the sandy beaches of Durban and see some of the famous landmarks that Durban is renowned for such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Blue Lagoon.

uShaka Marine World

Regarded as one of the world’s best marine theme parks, uShaka Marine World boasts a massive aquarium and a water park among other attractions which will keep the whole family entertained. Contact: 031 328 8000 or

Big Rush Big Swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and brave enough to free fall 80m into the stadium bowl, then this is for you. Get a bird’s eye view of the world-renowned Moses Mabhida Stadium, and see Durban like you’ve never seen it before. Contact: 031 322 9955 or

Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat, Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga offers something for everyone. Be on the lookout for the Festive Play Park inspired by Disney. Visit:

The Valley of a Thousand Hills

Just outside Durban, the Valley of a Thousand Hills is a picturesque retreat with restaurants, shops, local arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and more. Take in the panoramic views of the entire valley, from the green mountains to the flowing Umgeni River. See parts of the Comrades Marathon route and connect with the Zulu culture.

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