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There’s so much to do and so little time! In this section we try to highlight the best places to visit, things to do, sporting opportunities, Places to shop and great places to wine and dine. We are constantly adding and updating material so this could be a good site to add to your favourites

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There’s so much to do and so little time! In this section we try to highlight the best places to visit, things to do, sporting opportunities, Places to shop and great places to wine and dine. We are constantly adding and updating material so this could be a good site to add to your favourites

To get the best out of this site, make use of the search function at the bottom of the page. Use our news & events submission form to submit activity items.

Knysna - See the Brenton Blue Butterfly

Brenton Blue
Brenton Blue Credits: Natures Valley Trust
The home of one of the rarest butterflies in the world, the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve is marked by a single signpost at Brenton on Sea. This tiny 2 hectare nature reserve is a mixture of coastal fynbos and coastal forest. It is an extremely delicate area and the only spot in the world where the Brenton Blue Butterfly breeds.

The reserve is under the control and management of the Brenton Butterfly Trust and no visitors are allowed on an ad hoc basis.

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Durban - uShaka Marine World

Marine Zebras?
Marine Zebras? Credits: UShaka Marineworld

uShaka Marine World in Durban is a world class venue for entertaining the entire family, young and old. uShaka Marine World rates with the finest in the world on conservation, education, and entertainment and is the 5th largest Marine World in the Southern Hemisphere

uShaka Marine World comprises four distinct sections.

After parking your car in the huge parking areas available you enter the complex via the Village Walk Shopping Complex of 80 stores and restaurants critically chosen to satisfy the tourist and holiday market. From there you can move onto u Shaka Beach which is immediately in front of the entire complex. Access to the Village Walk and u Shaka Beach is free.

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Durban - Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant

Harbour Cruise Restaurant
Harbour Cruise Restaurant Credits: www.allengardiner.co.za
What nicer way is there to spend a few hours than dining on a boat as it slowly meanders around Durban Harbour?
The Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant has just the cruise for you

From American Style brunch cruises (09:30 to 11:30), A La Carte Lunch cruises from 12:00 to 15:00, Late lunch/ Early supper cruises (15:50 to18:30) to romantic Candlelit Dinner cruises from 19:00 to 22:00 the Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant has the menu for you!

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Durban - Get the Big Rush at Moses Mabidha

The Big Rush at Moses Mabidha
The Big Rush at Moses Mabidha Credits: www.bigrush.co.za

Adrenaline Junkies in the know say that this is the ultimate ride of your life. 

The ‘Big Rush Big Swing’ at the Moses Mabhida Stadium has to be on your list of things to do in Durban.

The Big Rush is the world’s only stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind anywhere. Jump into the Big Rush void 106 meters above the world cup football pitch and swing out in a huge 220 meter arc under the iconic arch. All equipment and instruction is provided by The Big Rush team of qualified staff.

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Pietermaritzburg - Float like a Butterfly

Pietermaritzburg - Float like a Butterfly
Credits: www.butterflies.co.za
In the midst of the industrial area of Pietermaritzburg is an enchanted garden and green lung that will linger on in your memory long after you've savoured the colour, peace and harmony of the Butterflies for Africa Complex.

Butterflies for Africa has been developed to combine the best elements of top butterfly houses from around the world with some unique features of its own. The complex currently houses a walk-through

Butterfly House (housing both exotic and indigenous butterflies), Butterfly Craft Shop, The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery, The Painted Lady Coffee Bar, African Art & Craft Centre, Butterfly Nursery and a Butterfly Garden planted with a large range of butterfly food plants.

Spend some time seeing how you can add colour and gracefulness to your garden by studying how to match the right plants with butterflies in

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Durban - Romantic Ocean Cruises

Spirit of Elan
Spirit of Elan Credits: www.oceanventures.co.za
Enjoy the "Spirit of Elan" and experience the adventure of sailing the Indian Ocean within KwaZulu-Natal's Durban Bay. We regularly see Dolphins, Whales (Jul- Nov) Turtles and even Sharks during these cruises whilst informative commentary is provided by your experienced Skipper / host.

Spirit of Elan is a luxury Catamaran that provides individuals the chance to enjoy a cruise out of Durban Harbour and northwards along the famous Golden Mile. Her saloon seating provides comfortable seating for up to twelve people whilst the huge fore-deck with two net "trampolines" is perfect for those wishing to just lie back, relax & work on their tan. For the more adventurous, there is an opportunity to go swimming or snorkelling with equipment provided, just don't forget your towel.

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Durban - An Ocean Safari

Speed Machine
Speed Machine Credits: www.oceanventures.co.za

This Ocean Safari trip starts with a unique and thrilling surf launch aboard our specially designed Rigid Inflatable Boat. Later you will have opportunistic viewing of marine life, sometimes including whales, dolphins, turtles & seabirds. If you are really fortunate; our Hydro-phonic equipment may even pick-up the whale and dolphin calls.

Informative commentary from our experienced skipper is provided, as you enjoy this truly memorable eco-experience along the North Durban, KwaZulu-Natal coastline.

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Durban - Extreme Adventure Ride

Up She Goes
Up She Goes Credits: www.oceanventures.co.za
Take a ride on the wild side! This is the high speed, power pumping, wave slashing adventure that thrill seekers will thrive on. This Rigid Inflatable Boat's 2 x 250hp motors are capable of pushing the vessel to speeds in excess of 80Kph and is designed for agile handling and action packed performance ... Not for the feint hearted and definitely suited to adrenalin junkies

This adventure experience is brought to you by Ocean Ventures who are fully certified (Skippers, Crew and Boats)

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Durban - Go to sea and service shark nets

The Kwa Zulu Natal Sharks Board offers daily trips out to sea leaving at around 6.30am. On weekdays the boat is alongside others from KZN Sharks Board as they service shark nets in the early morning.These early morning trips are on a small boat so please read the advice carefully.

Experience and enjoy the sights of Durban as you travel through the harbour and out to sea into the rising sun. These trips are run seven days a week, and on weekdays one can see the shark nets being

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Durban - Dissect a Shark

Dissect A Shark
Dissect A Shark Credits: www.shark.co.za
The Kwa Zulu Natal Sharks Board, which is the only organisation of it's kind, worldwide, welcomes and encourages visits by members of the public to its complex in Umhlanga Rocks.

One of the events, held at 09:00 and 14:00 on Tuesdays to Thursdays is a 25 minute audio-visual presentation on the day to day work done by the Kwa Zulu Natal Sharks Board as well as on the important role sharks and other animals play in the marine ecosystem.

This is followed by a 20 minute dissection of a shark which provides the unique opportunity to see (and smell!!) the internal machinery of one

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