If you’re struggling to focus on work with the children under your feet at home during the school holidays, the good news is that there is still lots to do in Durban under the current Lockdown Alert Level 4 rules.

And you could even take the family away for a weekend this school holiday, as resorts are allowed to take bookings of up to 50% of their capacity. Of course, meals would have to be eaten privately in your rooms and you would need to find out which hotels and guesthouses have chosen to stay open. 

But, if the budget does not allow for a school holiday getaway, here’s a list of the local parks and zoos that remain open to visitors during lockdown level four. And of course, Durban’s beaches are open for walking and swimming too, just with a few restrictions, such as rules about social distancing and not picnicking.

Here’s the latest list of things to do in Durban under Lockdown Alert Level 4 as provided by eThekwini Municipality:

  • Botanic gardens and fenced parks: A maximum of 100 people will be allowed in at a time during lockdown level 4. No picnics, braais, photoshoots, group exercise, alcohol consumption or social gatherings will be permitted. Walking of pets, individual exercise, jogging, walking or trail biking (where applicable) is  permitted.
  • The uMngeni Bird Park and Mitchel Park Zoo will be open to allow a maximum of 100 people at a time. However, bird shows will not be operating under alert level 4. No groups, tours or school groups will be permitted.
  • Beaches will remain open for swimming. However, people will not be permitted to swim in groups. No alcohol consumption, picnics, or religious ceremonies will be permitted at beaches. No group surfing, training or running groups will be allowed on the beaches. Likewise, no group bookings for beach activities on the beach or the grassy areas will be permitted.
  • Beaches remain open for fishing, but not in groups.
  • Nature reserves remain open for individual exercise and walking for enjoyment. However, group walks, bird hiking or trail riding will not be permitted. Likewise, no picnics or braais will be allowed. The maximum number of people allowed in reserves is 100.

So, come on, feel free to take a well deserved lunch break and get the kids out of the house for an ice cream and a swim on the beach this school holiday. And remember the sun-tan lotion, as something never change, even in a pandemic – it still gets steamy outdoors in our warm city during the so-called ‘cooler winter months’.

Places that remain closed for entertainment and day visitors during the school holidays include:

* All libraries, museums, art galleries, theatres and heritage sites are closed to the public. All books due will be extended until the end of July.

  • All swimming pools are closed until further notice.

Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitisation must be adhered to in all the city’s public spaces during lockdown.


Presh JM Reporter

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