Stepping outside of Durban this festive season

November 27, 2019

Year-end functions, Christmas and the New Year are coming in fast! Busyness aside, this time of year is also an opportunity to spend time with family, reconnect and perhaps explore new places.

Unsure of where to go this festive season? Take a sho’t left adventure with Mango – buckle up the family and head out of Durban to explore more of what KwaZulu-Natal has to offer! Here are three things you and/or your loved ones can do this festive season on the outskirts of Durban. 

1. Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market


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Do you have a Saturday free with the family? Are you on the hunt for something to keep you, the in-laws, the kids and the doggies busy? A Saturday morning stroll through KwaZulu-Natal’s popular Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market is a hit with the young and old. Homemade goods, second-hand books, cheese, nibbles, music and more can be found at this busy Saturday market. It’s one not to be missed. 

Tip: Expect the market to get busy very early on a Saturday; arrive earlier than most to get parking and to nab the freshest goods! Dogs are welcome at the market. 

2. Zululand Brewery


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The proudly South African Zulu Blonde ale is made at the Zululand Brewery in the small town of Eshowe. Two hours north of Durban, you can access the little dorpie easily via the N2 and R66 roads. Once there, take a break and sip on a Zulu Blonde (among a few other beers), while admiring the green and rolling hills of Zululand. For the young’uns of the family, treat them to a milkshake or snack from the George Hotel. Make sure to call or book ahead when visiting the Zululand Brewery to avoid disappointment.

Tip: After indulging your taste buds, visit the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village to get a taste of the town’s dynamic history. 

3. Shakaland


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After shopping, sipping and exploring in Eshowe, take a scenic drive further along the R66 to Shakaland. Watch traditional dancing, learn about bead- or pottery-making and eat a hearty Zulu meal. If you decide to spend the night, make a point of choosing to sleep in Shakaland’s comfortable huts

Tip: If you’re called up to dance alongside the Shakaland dancers, do it! It’s the perfect time to master your high kick while having a good time! 

Travelling outside of Durban requires a bit of planning, but with Mango you’re covered – simply fly in to King Shaka International Airport and hire a car to get around.

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