The 10 Best Things to Do in Hillcrest, South Africa

July 23, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Discover the best top things to do in Hillcrest, South Africa including Shongweni Farmers Market, Makaranga Botanical Garden, The Puzzle Place, Aqua Wild Africa, Watercrest Mall, Porcupine Quills Brewing, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Umgeni Steam Railway, GroovyBalls Lifestyle Adventure, Boot Camp Durban.
Restaurants in Hillcrest

1. Shongweni Farmers Market

457 Mr551 Road,, Hillcrest 3650, South Africa +27 31 777 4686
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
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5%
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Shongweni Farmers Market

This market oozes with stereotypical country charm. It's almost mandatory to pack up the family and dog, take a sturdy basket and arrive early. Treat yourself with breakfast and, from your vantage point on a hay bale, decide your method of attack. Peruse stalls at a leisurely place as hands-on producers passionately talk you through their wares from traditional English sausages to decadent baked goods, handcrafted organic cheeses, breads and rustic French staples like terrines and rillettes. You'll also find Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities from baklava to falafel. If you're shopping with a conscience you can buy organic veg or a pre-installed, irrigated system to grow your own organic vegetables.

Reviewed By Thuli Z - Johannesburg, South Africa

Went on Sunday 7 January 2018 after two year hiatus. Great to see the growth in crafts and food stalls. Particularly enjoyed the new patterns at Ento Ceramics and great coffee at Caffe Mobile. It was an exceptionally busy Sunday due to a dedicated market train from Durban. Food stalls were tricky to get to. I agree with previous comments to try beat the crowds and be there early. We got there at 8:00 it was busy, after 9:30 it was tricky to navigate.

2. Makaranga Botanical Garden

1 A Igwababa Road, Kloof 3610, South Africa +27 31 764 6616
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Makaranga Botanical Garden

Reviewed By Jeffthehangman - Ballito, South Africa

Visited the Makaranga Botanical Gardens in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal with friends. Walking around in this lush expertly maintained Gardens gives one an appreciation of life.
I found myself relaxed and carefree.
Accommodation available with various rooms to choose from, on sire restaurant and amble security.

3. The Puzzle Place

164 Old Main Road. Bothas Hill | 1000 Hills Craft Village, Botha's Hill 3660, South Africa +27 72 986 1168
Excellent
82%
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5 based on 11 reviews

The Puzzle Place

The Puzzle Place entertains the whole family with wooden brain teasers. You can find our world renowned hand cut wooden 3D puzzles that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We also have arts and crafts made by locals in our shop. Open everyday from 9.30 to 16.30. Join us for an afternoon of entertainment!

Reviewed By Shadbolt13 - Cape Town, South Africa

What a great shop, with so many interesting puzzles, not sure if the person we spoke with was the owner but he was very excited about puzzles and what they can teach you. A must see.

4. Aqua Wild Africa

33 Barbet Avenue, Gillitts, Durban 3610, South Africa
Excellent
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5 based on 11 reviews

Aqua Wild Africa

Come learn to dive with our Scuba diving courses - Various packages on offer. We also cater for all dive enthusiasts. Dive at all the top dive sites in KZN. Cater for those who want to see the beautiful colourful reef fish or those who want to hunt for the Giant Brindle Bass or the Adrenaline Junkie who wants to dive with the Tiger Sharks (no cage). Reef and wreck dives are most popular.

Reviewed By Nolan G

I recently dived Aliwal Shoal with Aqua Wild. I had a fantastic experience and as result I highly recommend Aqua Wild. Daniele from Aqua Wild is passionate about marine species, extremely knowledgeable and one of, if not the best dive instructor I have dived with....MoreThanks Nolan. It was a great pleasure. Look forward to your visit again. Or better yet come and do your Advance with us!

5. Watercrest Mall

141 Inanda Road, Waterfall 3610, South Africa +27 31 736 1551
Excellent
35%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
21%
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4 based on 14 reviews

Watercrest Mall

Reviewed By Justin B

Watercrest is a modern, clean, well sized mall, with an excellent movie house, good array of cheap, family restaurants and coffee shops, as well as all the usual South African retail stores. There is ample free parking and visible security in the mall, making for a consistently good experience

6. Porcupine Quills Brewing

2 Wootton Avenue | Bothas Hill, Hillcrest 3660, South Africa
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Porcupine Quills Brewing

Reviewed By Chris G

The beer is really good with many variations. I have tried all the beers and have never had a bad one, all the types are great. The only downside is the students coming to assist you. Their service is great but I prefer to be left alone when shopping.

7. Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

152 Kloof Falls Road, Pinetown, South Africa
Excellent
50%
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50%
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

Reviewed By Jocelyn S - Durban, South Africa

This is a well maintained Nature Reserve with interesting scarp forest and grassland. There are guided walks lead by honoury Parks Board officers on the first and third Sunday morning every month. Good for bird lovers, with an easy to view crowned eagle nest. Attractive picnic sites with toilets.

8. Umgeni Steam Railway

Old Main Road | Stokers Arms, Kloof 3640, South Africa
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Umgeni Steam Railway

Reviewed By Melanie B - Durban South Africa

We did the Christmas Train ride which was very special, nothing like a Steam Train as a treat for the Children. Father Christmas made his way through the train - we managed to get some lovely photos for the Grandchildren. The Picnic spot was extremely hot on the day so there was a mad scramble for the shade. Flea-market was very nice with lots to cater for everyone. Well worth it.

9. GroovyBalls Lifestyle Adventure

Lot 152, 70005 Street | Cliffdale, Hillcrest 3700, South Africa +27 31 783 7162
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

GroovyBalls Lifestyle Adventure

GroovyBalls Adventure Park is the only Zorbing Park in KZN and has been around for 3 years. We have a great variety of activities which cater for the whole Family and have Braai, Picnic & Kids Play areas as well. Activities include GroovyBalls; Mini-GroovyBalls; HamsterBalls; Off road Go-karts; WaterBalls; Jumping castles; Sumo suits; PaintBall; Target/Bottle Shoot etc. Please contact us to check availability.

Reviewed By Chris G

Went for my brother in laws bachelors, go-karting could have been better but was still run very well with a good set up. the "groovy balls" was the main attraction with the bachelor being sent down the hill. Quite a laugh to watch

10. Boot Camp Durban

110 Stockville Road, Pinetown 3610, South Africa +27 82 782 6432
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
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5 based on 7 reviews

Boot Camp Durban

Boot Camp SA offers team building, school excursions and kids parties and family activities with obstacle courses, paintball and archery. Situated near Durban in Giba Gorge.

Reviewed By Rho511 - Durban, South Africa

Boot camp in the most amazing setting...trees, free flowing river, and real war camp set up. Instructors are pleasant and knowledgeable guys, with a passion for their jobs. Loved every moment of it and we have been back quite a few times yet they make it interesting and new each time.

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