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Festive fun this December

Written by Allison Cooper

With the festive season in full swing, Vuk’uzenzele found some low-cost, fun and exciting things for you to do.

Enjoying the festive season with your family doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some enjoyable outings to make your festive season memorable.

For under R200 an adult and R100 a child you can visit Honeydew Maze in Johannesburg’s West Rand and enjoy six-minute mazes, climbing walls, rope mazes and more; head off to Sun City's famous Valley of the Waves; or visit Gold Reef City in Johannesburg South, which offers over 30 rides in the theme park, a casino and so much more.

If it’s nature you prefer, pack a delicious picnic and head off to your closest botanical garden or go bird watching at Monte Casino’s bird sanctuary, where you can spend the entire day relaxing and watching the birds.

Basotho Cultural Village in the Free State

Learn about the traditions of the indigenous Basotho people, watch customary Basotho arts and crafts being handmade and experience the people’s genuine hospitality and lifestyle.

Also, in the Free State, visit Bon-Af Berry Farm and enjoy a guided tour of the orchard, pick a variety of berries, tour the little museum, relax in the tea garden and let the kids enjoy the petting zoo.

Mpumalanga Skyway Trails

In Mpumalanga, try Skyway Trails’ tree-top challenge, an elevated obstacle course suitable for both young and old; or visit the Graskop Gorge Lift Company and ride in the viewing lift which takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the gorge into the forest below, where wooden walkways and suspension bridges meander along a 600-metre trail through the indigenous forest.

Western Cape's Plettenburg Bay

Adventure Land in Plettenberg Bay offers a variety of exciting rides, including a 75-metre super tube, a raging rapid tube, a 12-metre free fall slide and mini versions for the kids; a 3.5km cross-country trail on a semi-automatic quad bike and a smaller track for the kids.

Umgeni Steam Railway in Kloof KwaZulu-Natal

Another must-do is the Umgeni Steam Railway in Kloof, where you can explore KwaZulu-Natal on an authentic historic steam train. Journey along one of the oldest functioning railway tracks in the country in a railway carriage built in 1908.