As the festive season approaches, we can truly begin to appreciate the importance of family, especially after the turmoil of this year. The KZN South Coast is the perfect destination for an affordable and family-centered vacation.
Along the 170km coastline, you’ll find countless beaches on which families set up their umbrellas and spend the day near the water. Building sandcastles, swimming in the warm Indian ocean, and soaking up the sun are family fun activities that don’t cost you a thing. Check out Margate, Ramsgate, Umzumbe, or Lucien beaches, where you’ll find lifeguards on duty during the season to make sure everyone is having a safe time.
If you’d like to get the family out into nature, you could visit Bellevue Park in Ramsgate. This National Heritage site is designed to be a family-friendly outing destination, while also encouraging environmental education. Hosting over 200 species of indigenous trees, as well as its resident critters and creepy crawlies, it’s a great time for the whole family. The park is fenced and entirely secure, with parking and picnic spots. The kids can have hours of fun at the “noo noo” wall, or the sensory play area and sandpit, and even on the swings and obstacle course.
One of the most popular family attractions down the KZN South Coast is Crocworld. This educational, yet highly exciting animal park brings you up close and personal with crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles, all in a safe and immersive environment. The idea is to connect people to nature and their environments and incorporate it into their lifestyles. You can catch croc feedings, a range of talks and demonstrations, visit the animal farm and jungle gyms with the kids, or even take a stroll through the beautiful indigenous gardens and enjoy some bird watching. It’s a great family outing!
The Ramsgate Waffle House is a KZN South Coast institution. With a beautiful and relaxing family-friendly dining area, the whole family can indulge in a selection of sweet and savory waffles. A trip to Ramsgate isn’t complete without a stop off at the Waffle House! If you find yourself in Port Edward, check out Mac Banana, the all-in-one-experience. It has a zipline, a farmyard experience, quad biking, archery, adventure golf, an obstacle course, a butterfly dome, and much, much more! Their farm stall is loaded with delicious treats and local produce that is definitely worth checking out!
The KZN South Coast has accommodation options that are suitable for all families and wallets. From hotels and B&B’s to self-catered units and camping or caravanning, there is something for everyone! Have a look at the Ingeli Forest Resort, or Rocky Bay resorts, where kid-friendly activities are offered, or stop off and pitch your tent at the Scottburgh Caravan Park.
Make the KZN South Coast a must-see destination during your holiday season! For families big and small, there is something for everyone!