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A hot date

Sunshine, music and outdoor fun this month …


If you’re looking for a place to enjoy great food, awesome ambience and live music, then The Market and Eat Street at The Lifestyle Centre Ballito are where you should be this October. There will be live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month, with Friday sessions being from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12.30 to 3.30pm. We are personally looking forward to catching well-known and much-loved local duo Qadasi & Maqhinga who will be performing at The Market from 12.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday, 2 October. Other local artists performing this month include Chuck Bowden, Steve Graham, Sheldon de St Pern, Hale Mary, Rowan Stuart, Dave Starke, The Black Lapels, Tanner Wareham, James Freedom and John Elis.


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Live music in the bush? Sounds like a little bit of heaven to us! It’s called Beats in the Bush and it’s SA’s very first music, lifestyle and safari festival hosted at Bayala Safari Lodge from 8 to 10 October. Bayala is a premier “Big 5” safari lodge based in the Munyawana Game Reserve in Northern KZN and the music lineup is just, well, phenomenal! SA’s top acts – GoodLuck, Majozi, Veranda Panda, Qadasi, The Kickstands (and more) – will be a part of this world-class, exclusive concert! The full package is R6900 per person sharing and includes: 2 nights luxury accommodation at Bayala Safari Lodge, weekend music festival pass, two game drives, breakfast and dinner daily, yoga and guided nature walks and the conservation levy. Book with the Our African Footprints team, Brett: 083 798 3310 or Dominique: [email protected]

23 and 24 OCTOBER

Nature lovers, here’s your chance to get active and support marine conservation! The Philocaly Trail is a KZN beach walk initiated by Nikki Williamson, which sees participants donating money to WildOceans, Breathe Ocean Conservation and Adopt-A-River. The walk was started in 2019 to raise awareness about the province’s pristine coastline and, to date, R250 000 has been raised for these beneficiaries. Due to popular demand another Philocaly Trail will be held on October 23 and 24 (lockdown restrictions dependent). Participants can walk one or both days and the event starts on the Saturday at the Beachwood Mangroves in Durban and ends at Umdloti Main Beach car park. Should the Ohlanga River be open to the ocean, you will turn back at this point, (due to the chemical spillage), on day 1 and end in Umhlanga. Day 2 starts from Umdloti Main Beach car park and ends at Salmon Bay, Ballito. Both days are about 17kms in length. Bookings close 21 October. Details: www.philocaly.co.za Photo: Ken Mann, Ace photography


Play time while mom and dad relax? Yes please! We can’t wait to get out and enjoy some good restaurant food this month! Open since December 2020 and designed to entertain children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, the Lighthouse and Ocean play area at Gateway Theatre of Shopping’s Palm Court is a popular playground … especially because it’s situated near many of the centre’s fantastic restaurants. The installation is based on the iconic uMhlanga lighthouse and extends to the depths of the Indian Ocean, keeping children amused while exploring the interior of the lighthouse, riding the hammerhead shark and yellowfin tuna, as well as exploring the seaweed and seabed. Pictured here is little Lonwabo Dlamini. The playground is open during Gateway Theatre of Shopping operating hours, there is no entrance fee and Covid protocols are in place.

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