“Unlimited Fun” is the motto at uShaka Marine World, and there isn’t a more accurate and true statement to describe the fun park which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in our beautiful city of Durban.
I was lucky enough to be taken on an adventure for the day, to explore the park and all that it has to offer and now, I get to share all that uShaka has to offer… with YOU!
Dangerous Creatures (and some creepy crawlies)
Upon entering the Village Walk, we found some very alluring Dangerous Creatures on exhibit for the whole family. If you are wanting to pay the exhibit a visit you can be sure to see some exciting reptilians, including but not limited to the Black Throated Monitors (A.k.a The Dragons), Dart Frogs, Tarantulas and the venomous False Water Cobra! If you enjoy creepy crawlies, then this exhibit is for you and best thing, they are open ALL YEAR ROUND!
Set inside an old ship wreck on its very own island, Sea World is home to a variety of beautiful and interesting underwater creatures.
It is here you can go to a live Dolphin, Penguin / Seal show (daily)…the shows are fun and aimed at educating the public and as always, a strong message of conservation is conveyed in a way that is understood by all ages. The beautifully manicured gardens and pathways lead you around different pools and areas to explore.
If you have a love of dolphins or just curious how sharks interact, then you definitely have to make a plan to visit and try one of the Sea Animal Encounters – surely a once in a lifetime experience – from the Xpanda Shark Dive (for the BRAVER humans beings out there) to a Dolphin Encounter, live feeds, snorkeling and the Ocean Walker – you may just need more than one day here to do everything your heart desires!
For show times, click here.
Wet ‘n Wild Water Park
Wet ‘n Wild caters for all, from families coming to relax for the day to the adrenaline junkies out there! It boasts the highest slide in Africa, which is an 18m drop, and will certainly get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing! There is also the Body Tornado, the Mamba Tunnel Slide, as well as the Supertubes and much more for all to enjoy. Kids can enjoy splashing around in a designated kiddies pool, while the adults who need some ‘RNR’ can relax and unwind in the adult pool (yes please!)
If you are visiting uShaka Marine World for the first time, or are a regular, you can be assured you will have a good time, go home happy and have learnt something new. No matter which experience you choose you can be sure it will be educational, interactive and fun.
Current combo ticket pricing (below) is valid until the 14th Jan 2018, so get in on the deals before they end!
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive-Through – A First for Durban
Admittedly the usual festive cheer that takes hold of Durbanites and visitors around December, has been a bit wanting over the past two years, with the covid pandemic scuppering the holiday plans for many.
The team that brings you KZN’s largest holiday light show got thinking about a complementary experience that would cater to the many that would not be able to enjoy a walk in event due to capacity restrictions, being aged, vulnerable or immuno-compromised. To help, they called on Durban’s ‘king of lighting’ Nevon Singh from Magic Lighting and between them they hatched a plan, that promises to bring joy to young and old alike.
“Reminiscent of days of yester-year many Durbanites have fond memories of viewing holiday lights from their cars, driving though the main streets of Durban,” says Nevon Singh. “We’ve designed Candy Cane Lane to evoke those same feelings of awe and wonder. It’s an immersive drive-through lighting experience, that’s been designed to transport visitors into a festive wonderland of lights, festive characters and selfie opportunities, all in the comfort of your own vehicle.”
“This is a first for Durban and we’re thrilled that The Pavilion Shopping Centre could bring this event to local audiences this year,” says Julie-Anne Zuma, Marketing Manager for The Pavilion. “Similar events around the country have sold out soon after bookings opened and we’re expecting a similar reaction. We encourage early booking to avoid disappointment.”
Candy Cane Lane will feature just under a kilometre of lights and activations, as well as KZN’s tallest and brightest Christmas tree, standing at almost 10m tall.
The Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive Through Experience is being held on the rooftop (Parking D & E) of The Pavilion Shopping Centre from 8 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 (closed on Christmas Day) from 18h30 – 21h30 each night. A fully contactless experience a number of covid protocols have been implemented to make the encounter comfortable and safe at the same time. These include, timed slot entries to prevent overcrowding or traffic jams; the scanning of tickets through the vehicle’s window and sanitising stations at key points along the route.
Tickets are R199 per vehicle and are available online on http://www.howler.co.za/candycane2021.
Due to traffic and space limitations, limited tickets will be sold at the gate each night, but entry is not guaranteed without pre-booked tickets. #CANDYCANELANESA
High G&T at Old Town Italy
Let the good times be”GIN” with Old Town Italy & Malfy Gin, presenting you with the ultimate High G&T experience at all their stores the second Sunday of every month.
Ladies, this is an afternoon for you & the girls, by celebrating your bachelorette, kitchen tea, birthday or any special occasion! 🎀
Get ready to be taken on a G&T journey. Enjoy a complimentary Malfy Gin & Tonic and enjoy their selection of High Tea Treats for your friends to share.
Old Town Italy have a lineup of soulful live entertainment at each store that will keep you grooving into the evening 🎷
R245 per person 💕
To enquire, see information below:
email@example.com | 031 566 5008
SOUTH AFRICA’S FRIENDLIEST FESTIVAL RETURNS!
SPLASHY FEN IS SET TO WELCOME 3000 FANS AFTER A 2 YEAR BREAK.
3 000 eager fans can let out a sigh of relief, as the promise of another beautiful Splashy Fen Music Festival is confirmed by event organisers, Impi Concept Events. Finally, something to look forward to, Easter 2022 is set to be one to remember as the Splashy Fen Farm in Underberg, KZN is once again transformed into a magical music festival for those who have been missing out not only on the festival’s traditional music, arts, crafts and lifestyle festivities, but a sense of freedom and normality.
Tell your friends, gather your families, mark your calendars and get ready to secure your limited #splashy2022 ticket to what will truly be the best, most anticipated, Splashy Fen Music Festival ever. South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets, which are limited to 3000, will open on Wednesday the 6th of October.
All ticket holders from the cancelled 2020 festival will have first dibs on purchasing tickets for next year’s event. These 2020 ‘ticket holders’ will be sent an exclusive clickable link via email, which gives them access to buy the same amount of tickets as they had in 2020 at the discounted Otter Club ticket price. There will be a 2 week period in which to purchase these discounted tickets, thereafter, general and normal priced ticket sales will open to the public. Those who became a #splashyhero back in 2020 when they donated a portion of their 2020 ticket to the festival, will be eligible for the promised 20% discount – which will be applied to the Otter Club ticket price.
The year 2020 would have been Splashy Fen Music Festivals’ 31st edition. It would have been 4 days of music, merriment, and time away from the hustle and bustle of city life for fans looking for a fun, safe, inclusive home away from home in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. But the year 2020 was a non-event for the music industry, and the world at large, as festivals across the globe were shut down due to the global pandemic that was, and is, Covid-19.
“It seems like a lifetime ago when we made the announcement to cancel our 2020 edition festival,” says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “Collectively, with our fans, we were devastated, but the choice was not ours to make. None of us had any idea just what we were up against, how long we would be away for, and what the music scene would look like when we eventually returned. For months we have waited patiently for the green light from authorities and for the infection rate to drop. We have also watched, longingly, as international festivals have taken the lead with a number of entry regulations that allow hundreds of thousands of fans to return to packed stadiums to enjoy live music and entertainment again – something that we are determined to be able to offer to both our South African fans and musicians; as we continue to champion the local entertainment industry that has been hit so hard with the shutdown of events and festivals.”
The Splashy Fen website – www.splashyfen.co.za – has been updated with all the important information that fans need to navigate the latest ticket options. In keeping with the festival’s ethos of transparency and integrity, event organisers have done everything they can to ensure no risk to ticket holders, and fans are therefore guaranteed a 100% refund on their ticket, should the festival be cancelled due to COVID lockdown regulations. At this stage, no day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival.
“We are sure our fans will have many questions regarding the 2022 festival,” says Festival Creative Director Andrew van Rensburg. “Our website should be able to address all of these queries, including what we envisage will be the COVID regulations at Splashy Fen 2022. It has been great watching the European Festival season operating with full capacity crowds and we cannot wait to get back out there and deliver a world-class experience once again. It has been a tough 2 years, in which we have all been taught to stay away from each other and disengage, and we hope to get everyone back sharing, laughing, and smiling together again. Now more than ever, we need it.”
Summary of pricing options:
Otter Club Ticket R1050** Available 6th Oct – 20th Oct
20% Discount R840
Early Bird Ticket R1300* Available 21st Oct. Limited to 1000 tickets
General Festival Ticket R1450*
Kids 4-12 R450*
Kids U4 R50*
Early Camping R180* Limited to 500 passes
Family Camping R180* Limited space: 1st come, 1st serve
Reserved River Camping R1200* Limited to 80 sites. 4 adults per site
Powered Campsite R2000* Limited to 50 sites. 4 adults per site
* Excludes bank charges (4%). All tickets are fully refundable on the ticket price (not the bank charges) should the event be cancelled due to COVID regulations. Should a ticket holder test positive for COVID-19 and be unable to attend, the normal refund policy will apply.
** R840 (excluding booking fee) for 2020 ticket holders
Travel7 months ago
Travel Blogged: Vlog 01 – Mtentu
Events7 months ago
HIGH DAYS & HOLIDAYS AT THE OYSTER BOX
Entertainment7 months ago
Diarise these upcoming Old Town Italy events
Reviews8 months ago
Workationing In Style At The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town
Entertainment5 months ago
TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE
Events8 months ago
Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy
Entertainment9 months ago
The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience
Entertainment9 months ago
La Dolce Vino – Old Town Italy Umhlanga