Things to do in December in and around Pietermaritzburg

December holidays are around the corner, but this time around, celebrations are going to be a bit different. As much as we all want to get out and have a jol’, we at Capital City Housing would like to remind our tenants to avoid big gatherings and continue to adhere to COVID-19 regulations to stay safe.

To help you with some ideas, here is a list of COVID-19 compliant things to in and around Pietermaritzburg with your family.

  1. Take a trip back in time

Take the kids and family for a trip to the KwaZulu-Natal Museum to take a journey through history and learn about the wonders of the natural world. The museum has fascinating, life-size displays of African animals, birds and insects from the tiny dung beetle to the towering giraffe! The Museum also has displays of sea-creatures, dinosaurs and so much more for the whole family to enjoy. Furthermore, there is McDonald’s just across the Museum, so make a day of it and grab some lunch afterwards.

Open Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 3.30pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 3.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: closed
Address: 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, PMB
Phone: 033 345 1404
Facebook: @kwazulunatalmuseum

  1. Hop on a miniature train

Families with kids of all ages will love a trip to the Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society! Take a train ride on miniature trains that chug across bridges and through tunnels, stop to grab a bite at the tuck shop, speak to the engineers about the different models of steam trains or simply enjoy a picnic on the lawns. It’s the perfect place for a day of fun.

Open on the first Sunday of every month
Address: 78 Rudling Road Bisley, PMB
Website: http://www.pmes.co.za/
Facebook: @halleypark

  1. Picnic in the park

The KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Gardens offers families an ideal location to have some fun in the sun, while maintaining social distancing. Take your picnic blankets and baskets and take a walk through the gardens to see some spectacular indigenous and foreign flaura. Take the kiddies to the play area where there are swings and jungle gyms or even indulge in a game of chess on the giant chess board!

Open Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm
Address: 2 Zwartkop Road, PMB
Facebook: @KZNNationalBotanicalGarden
Website: http://www.sanbi.org/

  1. Shop till you drop!

If you want to shop for Christmas presents and goodies but don’t want to break the bank, then head straight for the Msunduzi Hospice stores ~ it’s a treasure trove of the most amazing things, from second hand clothes to crockery, books to toys and everything in between, all at the fraction of the price! You can shop till you drop, on a budget, while helping Hospice raise funds.

Shop hours:
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.45pm
Saturday 8am to 12.45pm
Address: 200 Zwartkop Road, PMB
Facebook: @MsunduziHospice

  1. African Birds of Prey

Get excited, because the birds of prey are swooping down to meet you. The African Birds of Prey Sanctuary offers people of all ages an exciting experience where you can get up close and personal with massive wild birds, learn about them, and watch them fly, hunt and go about their daily lives.

Open Tuesday to Thursday: 8.30am to 4pm
Monday: closed
Address: Lion Park Rd, Pietermaritzburg
Ph: 031 785 4382
Facebook: @africanraptorcentre
Website: http://africanraptor.co.za/

  1. Albert Falls

Every ‘Maritzburger knows that Albert Falls is a must visit for its vast open spaces, animal sightings and fishing opportunities. But now, more than ever, Albert Falls offers an ideal location where families can enjoy themselves, safely, while following social distancing protocols. So, take you picnic baskets, your braai stands and head out to the falls for a fabulous day out!

Capital City Housing NPC is Pietermaritzburg’s preferred Social Housing provider. We have three safe, secure and well-maintained developments, namely Acacia Park, Signal Hill and Aloe Ridge, where you can enjoy affordable housing, enjoy value-added amenities and raise a happy family. To apply for housing at any of our developments CLICK HERE

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