Activities

A Better Way to Start the Day

Each morning after breakfast we will be offering optional activities for participants in order for you to enjoy the local culture and get to know more about life at LIV Village School and the surrounding areas.

Participants will also be able to choose from a variety of tours in and around Durban through reliable tour operators that Teach A Man To Fish can recommend. Activities in Durban include going to visit Mahatma Gandhi's Kwa Zulu Natal residence. Or going to the beach! At LIV Village School itself there will be exciting activities that will give participants a real window into how the school operates as a strong and empowering community.

 

What to do in Durban...

    1. VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF USHAKA SEA WORLD

One of the world’s largest aquariums, uShaka Sea World, is the centerpiece of the 40-acre uShaka Marine World, encompassing the Wet and Wild Water Park and the Village Walk Shopping Center. The aquarium’s animal encounters promote sustainable use of the marine environment. Sign up for the Ocean Walker experience to dona tethered breathing helmet and walk slowly across the bottom of the Open Ocean Exhibit, home to rays and assorted pelagic fish that include tuna, dorado (mahi-mahi), and sardines. Or step into a clear, enclosed cylinderand drop into the large shark tank as part of the Shark Dive Experience. No diving experience required (ages 12 and up).

 

    1. STROLL OR BIKE THE GOLDEN MILE

Named for the golden sand beaches lining the coastal edge of the city’s central business district, the popular “Mile” actually extends about four miles from Blue Lagoon south to Addington Beach and Durban Harbor. A wide, brick-paved promenade makes it easy to walk, jog, or bike the route, detouring out on the piers to watch surfers, kite boarders, and sand castle architects, or soak in the warm Indian Ocean breeze. Join eco-active outfitter Bike & Saddle for a guided morning cycle along the Mile. Fee includes bike and helmet rental, plus a breakfast pastry and coffee.

 

    1. WALK AMONG “LIVING FOSSILS” AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Founded in 1849, Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens houses one of the world’s top collections of “living fossil” plants. These pre-dinosaur cycads (seed-producing plants extending back 250 million years) face possible extinction in the wild. The Wood’s Cycad species is named for founding Durban Botanic Gardens curator and botanist John Medley Wood, who, in 1895, discovered a single, surviving cycad plant in a Zululand forest. Walking through the Gardens’s cycad forest is a bit like stepping onto the set of Jurassic Park. No dinosaurs here, but the pink-backed pelicans sitting in the trees do look eerily like pterodactyls.

 

    1. HIT THE BEACH

Comfortable sea temperatures averaging 70°F year-round, a subtropical climate, and 300-plus days of sunshine make any day in Durban a potential beach day. Each stretch of golden sand has its own identity: South Coast for world-class surfing, Addington Beach for families, Bay of Plenty for beach volleyball tournaments. The Golden Mile beaches closest to Durban’s city center are the most convenient. For more blanket room, head north to the Umhlanga Coast to swim and kite board at Umhlanga Rocks, or to hike the coastal forest boardwalk trail through Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, home to vervet monkeys.

 

    1. CATCH A SHARKS RUGBY MATCH

Professional rugby is a bruising blend of football, soccer, and small-scale sumo wrestling, and the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union team, The Sharks, consistently ranks as one of South Africa’s best. The action on the field at Durban’s Mr. Price Kings Park (the “Shark Tank”) is fast and furious, and the spirited fun continues at celebratory after-parties on the outerfields. While the atmosphere in the 52,000-seat stadium is family friendly, it wouldn’t hurt to dress like a Sharks fan. Wear red and black, or pick up some team gear from the Shark Cage before the game.

 

    1. BUSHWALK AT TALA GAME RESERVE

Tala Game Reserve brings the African bush within an hour’s drive of Durban. Home to 380 species of birds and big game – including rhinos, wildebeests, bok, warthogs, hippos, and giraffes – the sanctuary is spread over 7,400 acres of African bushveld. Take a two-hour guided bushwalk, ride with a ranger on a two-hour game drive, or explore the park at your own pace on a self-drive safari. Book a night in one of the reserve’s luxury lodges or rustic rondavels (huts), and wake to the African fish eagle’s loud call – a distinctive, haunting sound known as “the voice of Africa.”

 

    1. TAKE A KWAZULU NATAL SHARKS BOARD BOAT TOUR

Beaches along the KwaZulu Natal coastline are the only ones in South Africa protected by shark safety gear (including nets and anchored drum lines), making shark attacks here rare. While the top priority of the KZN Sharks Board is protecting swimmers and surfers, the institute also works to educate the public about shark behavior and biology, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of safety measures (other marine life can get caught in the nets). Join a working Sharks Board crew on an early morning boat tour to see the safety system, learn about sharks, and likely encounter dolphins, turtles, and rays.

 

    1. 1000 HILLS EXPERIENCE

The Valley of 1000 Hills is named after the many hills, cliffs and valleys which rise up from the banks of the Umgeni River as it flows from the distant Drakensberg mountains to the Indian Ocean. The diverse area combines the luxury of laid-back country living with an ancient, indigenous culture on its doorstep. The valley has been home to the Zulu people for centuries, with many continuing to practice and live their unique traditional lifestyle.

 

    1. VISIT DURBAN’S NEW ICON, MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

Durban’s new icon, Moses Mabhida Stadium, offers a variety of experiences and attractions for fun–seeking families, couples looking for a bit of romance or corporate team-building. Take a trip on the SkyCar or make the 550-step adventure walk to the top of the arch and enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Durban. Or take a look inside the stadium with one of our all-access (90 minute) or general (45 minute) tours. For the adrenaline junkies, try plunging off the 106 metre arch on the Big Swing. In just eight months, 200 000 people have flocked to the stadium to try out the range of activities on offer. There will soon be a total of 20 shops, seven of which are already open and trading: Big Rush Big Swing, Keg & Spear, Nino’s, Sneakers, STS Sport, Cuba Lounge and Visitor’s Centre. More restaurants, fast food outlets and a Virgin Active gym are due to open over the coming months. The stadium has a wide variety of stunning venues to offer and is the perfect location for functions, conferences and product launches.

 

    1. SHOPPING AND MOVIES

If you need to do any shopping or want to watch a movie, we recommend Gateway Mall in Umhlanga.