Boys’ weekends are not given nearly enough attention. These are great ways for dads, sons, brothers and friends to get away from the stresses and strains of city living and enjoy some real male bonding time, which (they may be surprised to learn) involves more than cold beers, hot braai and rugby.
We have put together some ideas for a fun and exciting boys weekend in KwaZulu Natal that promises something that you will always remember, and that the girls with approve of.
Shark Cage Diving
Plunge into the warm Indian Ocean waters to view the many shark species that call this home, protected only by the strong iron bars of a shark diving cage. So prolific are sharks off the KZN coast, that it is estimated that you will see between five and 20 of these magnificent hunters.
Most shark cage diving expeditions begin with a talk and full safety briefing. Then, you and your mates will head out on the boat and the adventure begins. Some of the common species to be spotted include the Zambezi, Blacktip, Spinner and Dusky sharks.
Hiking and camping are great ways to escape city stress and enjoy doing manly things (like surviving). There are a number of hiking trails throughout KwaZulu Natal that are ideal. The Drakensberg Mountain Range is an obvious choice.
This mountainous terrain is every bit as challenging and fun as you and the guys could possibly want. It boasts waterfalls, valleys, sheer mountain faces and beautiful forests.
The Indian Ocean is a major feature of KZN, not least of all for the marine life that can be found therein. Fishing is very popular in this region. Chartering a boat to take you deep-sea fishing costs around R4 000 for the day. Split amongst friends, this may be well worth the expense.
Common game fish found in these waters include tuna, dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and the Queen mackerel. Of course, avid anglers are welcome to fish off the shore too. Camp with friends, spend the day fishing from the shore and then cook your catch over hot coals.
There is no doubt about the fact that a bow and arrow can inspire the adventurer in just about anyone. The Kings Park Archery Club in Durban North offers archery courses using top-class equipment. These are catered to suit different age groups and levels of expertise.
Many adventure companies in Ballito offer awesome adventures using quad bikes. This particular company takes you off-road, through sugar fields, all under the warmth of the African sun. This is a great activity for young and old (or those that have been younger for longer). The trail goes through mud, water and along bridges for an extra adrenalin rush.
There is nothing like a round of golf with the boys to ease tired minds. Durban and other KwaZulu Natal towns have plenty of golf courses, each with its own unique appeal and fairway.
The Durban Beachwood Golf Course was designed by Gary Player and is a semi-links, 18-hole course. The Princes Grant Golf Course is the design inspiration of Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes, and is known for its breath-taking views of the ocean.