Travel the wow road

2010-03-13 11:32

Western Cape

The Chocolate Experience

What: A 30-minute programme held regularly at Huguenot Fine Chocolates in Franschhoek. They tell the story of chocolate, there’s chocolate tasting and a demonstration of how chocolates are made. Guests receive two packs of chocolates.

Where: 62 Huguenot Road (Main Road), Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

Contact: 021-876-4096?/?4450

Toboggan Track

What: This is the first downhill toboggan run in Africa. This summer version of snow tobogganing delivers the ultimate in speed thrills in a bobsled on wheels down a 1.25km winding track.

Speed is regulated by the rider and there is no need to walk up the hill for your next go because you get on the sled at the bottom and let the automatic pully take you to the top.

All ages are welcome (even adults) but children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Where: Opposite the Bellville Velodrome, Bellville, Cape Town

Contact: 021-949-4439

KwaZulu-Natal

Make a Teddy Bear

What: Bear builders help you make a cute friend starting from the selection of a basic bear character to the choosing and insertion of its signature sing, ­giggle, growl or personal message sound-chip. After building it, you choose its grooming and wardrobe selection. These workshops are great for indoor-weather days and the crafted ­teddy companions will be friends forever.


Where: Store 307, The Pavilion, Jack Martens Drive, Westville, Durban

Contact: 08611 BEARS (23277)

Big Swing and Cable-car ride at Moses Mabhida

What: Jump into the void 106m above the World Cup football pitch and swing out in a huge 220m arc under the iconic arch. All equipment and ­instruction is provided by fully qualified staff.

The jump and the cable car operate every day, weather permitting. There is no age limit and they have had clients as young as eight and as old as 75.

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Contact: 031-332-3250

Children’s cooking classes

What: Take the kids where their messing is adorable because you don’t have to clean up after them. Weekly classes are divided into age groups of 18 months to 2 years, and 3 to 6 years. Imagine the quality of your Mother’s Day or ­Father’s Day breakfast in bed by the time they reach the double digits!

Where: Tots ’n Pots head office in La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, Durban.

Contact: 083-266-5615

Gauteng

A-maize-ing Mazes

What: Constructed in a field of mealies, this is a 12?000m² giant spider’s web which provides a wonderful outdoor ­experience for everyone. With the maize plants towering 3m tall and 3.5km of ­internal pathways leading or misleading you on your quest to discover the eight hidden discoveries, it is the ultimate ­giant puzzle! Suitable for all ages but children under 12 require an adult to ­accompany them.

Where: 82 Boland Street (just off Beyers Naude Drive), Honeydew, Johannesburg

Contact: 011 794 5818, 073 795 2174 or www.maizemaze.co.za

Eastern Cape

Fun in Funtasia

What: Give the kids an afternoon of fun at Funtasia, which caters for people of all ages . The centre is divided into ­various areas, such as a kiddies’ section called Kalamazoo which features a ­safari train and jumping castles; ­Dodgem City, with indoor bumper cars; and the Q-Deck with its first-class pool tables.  All games are paid for via tokens, which can be purchased at the centre.

Where: The Bridge Shopping Centre, Ring Road, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth

North West

Walk with Elephants

What: Take a guided walk with ­elephants at the renowned Elephant Sanctuary located in an area of untamed bush, just around the corner from the Hartbeespoort Dam.

There are three daily programmes to choose from, all under the guidance of expert handlers and lunch can be added on as an optional extra. Elephant rides can be booked and overnight options are available.

Where: The Elephant Sanctuary, Hartbeespoort, North West

Contact: 012-258-0423

Free state

Berry Picking at Bon-Af Berry Farm

What: For a day out with a difference, why not go berry picking at Bon-Af Berry Farm. If you gather enough you can make your own jam when you get home! They have 65 varieties of berries, including framboise (raspberries), bramble, blueberries and blackberries.

Where: Next to the N1 on R59/R42 to ­Parys

Contact: 056-811-3966

Northern Cape

SA Astronomical Observatory

What: This is the home of the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest ­single-optical telescope in the southern hemisphere.
It can record distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye – as faint as a candle flame at the distance of the moon.


Where: About 14km from Sutherland

Contact: 023-571-1205

Mpumalanga

Dinosaur Park

What: At the Dinosaur Park you will stand below the knee-height of life-size dinosaur models in a museum of life. Replicas of reptiles will keep an enquiring mind alive despite what you feel is the near extinction of knowledge on this subject.

Where: Next to Sudwala Caves

Contact: 013-733-5268

Limpopo

Hug the big baobab

What: Legend has it that if you wish to be safe from a crocodile attack drink ­water that this tree’s seeds have been soaked in, but beware: dare pick a single flower haunted by evil spirits that only blooms for a day and you will be eaten by a lion! Such are the superstitions that surround the powers of the baobab tree. Visitors to what is said to be the largest baobab tree in the world can run their hands along the trunk that has a fire-resistant bark used for making rope and cloth. Take the family to a hugging session with this magic tree that will stay rooted for up to two millenniums.

Where: R71 outside Gravelotte ­(Between Gravelotte and Tzaneen).

Contact: 015-290-7300

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