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Don’t-miss adventure activities in Durban



Headed to Durban? Check out our top five picks for the adventure traveller in the area:

Get wet

For a full day of active, outdoorsy fun, you can’t go wrong with Liquid Adventures. Their guided adventures down the Umkomaas River are suited to people of all ages and fitness levels. Offering you white river rafting, rock jumping and zip lining. Trips can be booked for any day – weekdays or weekends, as long as there is sufficient water in the river, and at least 4 people for that trip.

This review of Liquid Adventures gives one a little insight on what you can expect for the novices out there!

Fly high

Choose from an urban or wild adventure in the air with no flight school needed.

Big Rush Big Swing, a Guinness award winner for the “world’s tallest swing” lets you jump from the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and swing across the expanse while strapped into a full body harness for the ultimate “Superman” moment.

Prefer to fly like an eagle? The same company offers the Gorge Swing from the top of Lehr’s Waterfall. The swing format is considered more comfortable and accessible than bungee jumping, with spectacular views, and you can combine the swing with abseiling, zip lining, or river rafting to take in more of the lush natural surroundings.

Meet the wildlife

Locals and out-of-towners alike love visiting South Africa’s game reserves, and Beach Bush Berg Safaris & Dives is Trip Advisor’s #1 voted provider. Day trips range from treks out to meet the elephants to diving with sharks, and most are suitable for all ages.

Hit the waves

Durban attracts some of the top surfers in the world. If you’re just starting out, there’s nowhere better to learn. Book an introductory lesson at Xpression on the beach and the more confident wave riders should check out The Secret Spot for backpacking surf tours to some of the best spots or join the pros to compete in the Mr Price Pro in July.

You can get your one-of-a-kind Durbanite cap at Xpression in Durban!

Xpression proudly supports local in their beachfront shop! You can get your one-of-a-kind Durbanite cap here too!

Walk the trees

Looking for something a little calmer and more accessible to all ages? Check out the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk in Eshowe. You’ll be able to stroll through the forest canopy to enjoy the views and wildlife from up high. Live your Tarzan dreams or go full ape with this spectacular tree walk.

If you want to document your adventures and capture those incredible views, experiences, and moments give this video maker a try!

Durban and the surrounding area offers countless adventure opportunities for the whole family, from challenging dives, hikes, and surfing trips to accessible forest walks, safaris, and record-setting swings. Whether you’re headed to the region on vacation or are just in need of a little summer weekend excitement, you can find the views, experiences, and adrenaline rush you crave in Durban.

Be sure to check out Travelstarts 55 things to do in Durban for under R250! For some more epic ideas on where to go and what to see.

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With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.

With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.

Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.

Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.

The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.

Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail

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Diarise these upcoming Old Town Italy events



Don’t miss out on Old Town Italy’s upcoming events:

Pizza Making Class

We’re happy to let you know that Old Town Italy will be hosting regular Pizza Making Classes from Thursday, 17 June! 🍕
Old Town Italy brings you an evening filled with Antipasto’s, their house wine and an experience to create your own masterpiece with their esteemed chefs, for R325 per person🥂

🇮🇹 Book at Umhlanga between 5pm – 8pm. | 031 566 5008

Upcoming Classes:
15 July
19 August


24 June – La Dolce Vino

Join Old Town Italy for yet another incredible wine & dinner pairing, hosted at their Old Town Italy stores alongside Steenberg Wine Farm 🍷

Bring your Amico’s along and prepare to be taken on a wine journey, exploring 5 wines of which Steenberg has carefully selected to offer from their range of wines, paired with an exciting menu, curated by their in-house chef.

Allow the live entertainment to ease you into an evening filled with famiglia, fun & festivity 🎷
The evening begins promptly at 6pm on Thursday, 24 June

See the Menu below;

🥂 Welcome Drink
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 La Minestra
Roasted Tomato and Red Bell Pepper La Minestra
Served with Parmesan Grissini
🍷 Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 Antipasti Board
A Selection of Imported Italian Cheeses and Cured Meats.
Served with Traditional Sides
🍷 Steenberg Nebbiolo

🍴 Fesa di Agnello
Grilled Lamb Rump
Served with Cauliflower, Baby Peas & Marrow Ribbon Salad
Finished off with Mint Gremolata
🍷 Steenberg Merlot

🍴 Dolce
Classic Tiramisu.
Served with Wild Strawberry, Balsamic and Pink Peppercorn Compote.
🍷 Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Cap Classique

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹

Bookings are essential.
Make your booking at your favourite store below: | 031 566 5008


3 July – Cake & Prosecco

Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at their adored Old Town Italy stores.

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco.

This class is R750 per person & includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

Upcoming dates & themes:
3 July – Naked Cake w/ Rice Paper Flower
7 Aug – Buttercream Flower

Bookings can be made below:
Umhlanga | 031 566 5008


9 July – Pasta Making Class

Enjoy a Pasta Making Class at Old Town Italy  Umhanga from 6pm for just R325 per person.
Grab your wine-loving partner and come join for a fun and pasta-filled evening.

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a light antipasto to warm the appetite as well as a bottle of wine to share during the class. Next, their head chef will teach you how to cook like an Italian and finally, prepare your homemade creation for you to enjoy in-store!

Seats are limited to 12 pax and booking is essential:
Here’s our calendar for the rest of 2021:
9 July | Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini
13 August | Tomato Fettuccine Pasta
10 September | Cavatelli Pasta
8 October | Sacchetti Pasta
12 November | Manicotti Pasta
10 December | Fusili al Ferretto

Bookings can be made below: / 031 566 5008

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The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience




The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience is supported by Hall & Bramley is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day out. Bringing you the best Gins and Mixers with Live Artists performing to keep you entertained.

Tickets include entry in to the event as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass.

Saturday 8 May 2021
Gates open at 12:00
Event ends at 18:00

Northwood Crusaders.
The perfect setting for a Saturday sundowner in the picturesque lawns.

Please note tickets are limited to 500 so get yours early to avoid disappointment.
Early Bird – R160
General Admission – R180
Add a picnic hamper for R150

Tickets available at Webtickets:

This event is strictly over 18 – leave the kids at home
No own food or drink is permitted in to the venue
No weapons, drugs or illegal substances are permitted in to the venue
There will be cash and card facilities at the Cash Loading station
Don’t drink and drive – Arrive aliveCovid-19 protocols will be in place to make the event a safe environment for all in attendance with plenty of space for social distancing and sanitising stations. Don’t forget your face masks and personal sanitiser.

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