On the hunt for the Easter Bunny!

Many of the Lowvelders will enjoy a “staycation” this Easter weekend because of the increase in the fuel price, or they are just “platsak” after the school holidays, or the high cost of living forces us to take less holidays.  Fortunately the Lowveld is South Africa’s most popular inland destination and we are therefore already on holiday!  Let us join the many thousands flocking here to enjoy the Lowveld and have the best time ever, right here in our own back yard.  What are the options?


  1. Special Events this weekend

Kids can decorate their own Easter Eggs on Saturday at the Riverside Mall in the Attitude Court (central court) at a cost of only R5 per egg.  The fun starts at 10h30 until 2h30 pm.

The Lowveld Botanical Garden will also host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for an hour every day from 12h00 to 13h00.  Only standard Entry fee for the garden apply:  Normal Entrance fees apply: Adults & Kids R17.  There will be separate Easter Egg Hunt areas for the younger children from 3 -5 years and 6 – 9 years.

Joshua na die Reen will perform at African Dream, the Rest on Saturday.  Tickets costs R150.  Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the launch of his third album, Someraande. Pre-booking necessary as space is limited.  Call Elsabe 082 459 0343.

Graded and Recreational horse show jumping and showing will take place at Pondarosa Ranch on Saturday and Sunday from 08h00 to 5h00pm


  1. Old favourites

Flea Market at Halls on Sunday – always a good family outing

At the Movies at Emnotweni and Ster Kinekor I’Langa Mall you can enjoy great family movies like The Queens Corgi, Kandasamys:  The Wedding,  Little, A Dog’s Way Home, Racetime, Shazam, and on a more serious note, Love Lives Here, Cold Pursuit and What Men Want


  1. Visit the Kruger National Park

This is topping the charts for those visiting and those enjoying our own region.  Gate quotas will apply for day visitors.  You can pre-book at Kruger Lowveld Tourism Crossing Centre, Tel: 013 755 1988.  The office will be open on Saturday morning from 08h00 – 12h00 for last minute bookings.


  1. Have a picnic

Revive this old favourite and let the kids pack the basket!  Enjoy a lovely picnic at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, always lovely.  Another option is to go to Nelspruit’s Big Soccer Ball and enjoy a lovely view of various landmarks as far as Mount Anderson near Lydenburg.  A picnic at the escarpment near Kaapsehoop, any of our many waterfalls and of course God’s Window, is always a great idea.


  1. Make a day of it

Enjoy Kaapscehoop or Sudwala Caves, or both of them on the same day and make it a complete day of fun.  Another option is to explore the entire Geotrail (road from Barberton to the Swazi border) and follow the geological interpretations of the first signs of life – beautiful scenery on the entire road.  The Panorama route is always a favourite.  Take a leisurely drive to all the sites and check out Pilgrim’s Rest while you are there, and do not forget the new Glass Lift at Graskop.


  1. A day of adventure

Hazyview and surrounds is definitely the adventure capital of South Africa.  Enjoy as many as you can this weekend, like the Glass Lift, The Long Tom Toboggan, Tree Top Challenge, many river activities, Quad Biking, etc.  On the quieter side, book a horse riding outride, various options are available.


  1. Shopping

Or rather window shopping for most of us… enjoy all the excitement of Easter in all our shopping malls all around the region.  Many special kids’ activities everywhere.


  1. Take a trip to Mozambique or Swaziland

Visiting our neighbours is always popular.  The borders will have extended hours.  Lebombo between SA and Mozambique will be open 24 hours.  Swaziland’s borders will all open at 07h00 and will close from 20h00 at Managa, 22h00 at Jeppes Reef and midnight at Oshoek.  If you go to Mozambique, please make sure you have everything you need for crossing the border and using the road.  All the stickers and reflective jackets are available at the Kruger Lowveld Tourism office at Crossing Centre.


  1. Time to read a history book

Why not take the time to learn more about local history.  Great books by local authors are available at the Kruger Lowveld office at Crossing Centre at really low prices.  Buy one and get hooked on history!


  1. Create your own adventure

Family activities can be a lot of fun and absolutely hilarious.  Why not join other families in your neighbourhood and think of structured fun activities you can all enjoy together.  Examples of this is a really big braai, creating and flying kites, your own Easter Egg decoration and hunt (this can be two whole days of fun), water pistol wars, etc.  Visit the toy store or hardware store for inspiration.


  1. Gardening

Develop a passion for grow to eat.  Although winter is almost upon us, it is not too late.  Plant some seeds or vegetable plants in amongst your flowers, or create a special kitchen garden with the kids.  They will love it and learn to eat the veggies.  You can still safely sow chillies, peppers, cucumbers, aubergines, tomatoes, carrots, beetroots, courgettes, pumpkins, all the leaf vegetables like spinach, leeks, onions, lettuces, melons, peas, beans, sweetcorn and herbs of course.  To be safe, you can sow them indoors and plant the seedlings out into the garden when they are large enough – another great opportunity for fun.  Ask your favourite garden centre for advice.  This will be so much fun, it will become a monthly activity!


TRAC N4 requested drivers to drive safely and take regular rest stops.  To avoid traffic backlogs, all roadworks will be suspended for the long weekend.  There will also be no Stop/Gos or lane closures at construction sites throughout the route.  However, all construction areas are still deemed active and road users are urged to be cautious and obey road signage.  Keep the Helpdesk number ready for fast assistance and response to any problem,  0800 87 2264 in South Africa and +258 84 34 34 34 6 in Mozambique.


If you need help with day trips or accommodation or SANParks Reservations, contact Kruger Lowveld Tourism, Crossing Centre, 013 755 1988.


KLCBT will continue to update their website with any more information on events.  Please visit www.klcbt.co.za for information.