For most South Africans Christmas holidays are the highlight of the year,
shining like a beacon of hope during the hard slog of the working months.
After a full year of toil and labour it’s finally time to relax, enjoy the summer sun and spend some quality time catching up with friends and family.
For children the Christmas holidays are just as precious – a chance to break loose from school, homework, schedules and chores.
It is also an opportunity to run around and cause some long overdue mischief.
To make sure that families get the most out of their well-earned break, we’ve selected our top attractions to add to the holiday bucket list.
Since most people head straight to the coast, we’ve focused on the beautiful city of Durban
and the attractions it offers. Beachfront The best things in life are free and that’s certainly true in Durban.
The weather is great and the water is warm all year round
but Durban’s beachfront certainly has an extra buzz to it over December.
The promenade has been extended and now stretches just over six kilometres,
all the way from uShaka Marine World on the south, past Moses Mabhida Stadium to Blue Lagoon on the north.
The promenade is perfect for running, cycling and skateboarding.
There are also plenty of beaches waiting for your well-earned swim and suntan.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the promenade, as well as bike rental shops and a skate park.
Umgeni Steam Train Railway Tours The steam train tour that takes place between Kloof and Inchanga once a month is both an exciting day out and a fascinating look at the history of the steam train.
The train steams along its route in a stately manner and takes in the beautiful views of the Valley of 1 000 Hills on its 90 minute journey to Inchanga.
Guests then have 90 minutes to enjoy the tea garden, craft market and the Inchanga Railway Museum before returning to Kloof.
The museum is set in the old stationmaster’s Victorian style home, which was opened in 1894.
Back in those days the train was the main mode of transport used to get between Durban
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