With the weather warming up, there are plenty of outdoor activities around to keep your gang occupied during the spring break. Read on for some school holiday outing ideas.
Bester Birds Zoo
Bester Birds Zoo started out as a parrot breeding facility and is now – three decades later – a family-run community zoo in the heart of Pretoria East. In the farm yard you can get up close and personal by feeding the rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and sheep. In the zoo you can see penguins, tortoises, a pygmy goat, spider monkeys, a meerkat and a python!
There are also a couple of animal interactions available: feed the penguins around lunchtime over weekends or join in on some squirrel monkey tunnel fun. Make sure to check in advance, as animal interactions are weather and animal dependent.
Bester Birds Zoo will be open every day during the school holiday from 9am to 5pm. Entrance is R55 for adults, R50 for children and toddlers under two years enter for free.
Details: Simon Vermooten Road, Pretoria East | 012 807 4192 | www.besterbirdsanimals.co.za
Located in Kenley in northern Pretoria, ZambiBush Resort is a child-friendly wonderland. For a fun day spent in the swimming pool, on water slides and around the playground, make a booking at this much-loved family resort. ZambiBush is set in lush gardens and lawns that face onto a local dam and has a petting zoo housing goats, rabbits, ponies, sheep and a bird aviary.
Why not book accommodation at ZambiBush and make it a short school holiday getaway? Alternatively, advance booking is essential for day trips. ZambiBush is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and weekends from 9am to 5pm. Entrance fees are charged at R80 per adult and R60 per child. Children under two enter free of charge.
Details: 37 Cecil Street, Montana | 084 504 3481| www.gauteng.net
Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park
Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park offers visitors the opportunity to get near to some of the world’s most majestic animals. Boasting one of Africa’s largest primate collections, birds of all kinds and some fierce predatory beasts, including white lions, Bengal tigers and cheetahs, this is a family outing to see some truly beautiful animals.
You can also opt to watch some beautiful birds, play with lion cubs or learn more about the park’s primates from the knowledgeable Mystic Monkeys tour guides.
The park is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. Entrance is R100 for adults, R50 for children and toddlers under two years enter for free.
Details: Near Bela Bela, past Zenele Lodge on R101, Pretoria North | 082 566 4929 | mysticmonkeys.co.za
Green Olive is a café, deli, nursery and guesthouse located near the Kolonnade Shopping Centre. Setting new standards for country cuisine, the café is much more than your ordinary nursery tea garden. With two full-time chefs dishing up creative menus, you can enjoy these scrumptious delights in a tranquil garden setting, or a in the shade of the beautiful trees while the kids enjoy the huge jungle gym and the trampoline.
Make sure to take the kids for a stroll through the nursery and Funky Junk before you head home. Specialising in indigenous plants, the nursery has a fairy garden strewn with beautiful brumelias. Funky Junk is like a trip down memory lane with a bunch of interesting antique items to browse through.
Green Olive is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm and Sunday until 3pm.
Details: Plot 229 Derdepoort, Zambesi Drive East | 083 235 4161 | www.green-olive.co.za
Catch A Movie
If the spring weather turns out to be a bit wet and chilly, why not go to the cinema? There’re a couple of great kid-friendly movies currently on the circuit: The Emoji Movie, The Son of Big Foot, Captain Underpants and, if you still haven’t managed to see it, Despicable Me 3 is still showing at selected cinemas around Pretoria.
By Jana van der Linde