Jam-packed Sapphire Coast Tourism line-up planned for fun, summer holiday

Renowned for its gorgeous coastal towns, warm community and laidback lifestyle, the KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast is a prime holiday destination. And this year, Sapphire Coast Tourism is looking forward to a bumper season with plenty fun in the sun in store for residents and holidaymakers…it’s going to be a Sapphire Sizzling Summer 2017!


“December is always a really busy month for the jewel of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Romy Wenzel, chairman of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “Our incredible beaches, world-class dive sites, cultural spots, nature reserves and quality food and drink venues keep the tourists coming year after year. And, in preparation for the busy holiday season, Sapphire Coast Tourism has been turning the Sapphire Coast blue by cleaning and painting bridges. We want all visitors to really enjoy their stay which is why Sapphire Coast Tourism also supports a really well-planned holiday programme with a host of fun, family-friendly activities throughout December.”


Amanzimtoti Park Run

One of the community initiatives supported by Sapphire Coast Tourism is the weekly 5km Amanzimtoti Park Run which sets off every Saturday at 8am from Beach Road, Amanzimtoti. This run is unique in that it incorporates the beach, testing runners’ endurance in a beautiful setting.


Amanzimtoti River Clean-up

To improve the environmental conditions of the area, there will be an Amanzimtoti River Clean-up on Saturday, 9 December setting off from the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre.


CPR Lessons

Partake in some potentially lifesaving lessons at Toti Main Beach on 18, 20 and 22 December. All lessons are arranged by PDA Health Pty Ltd.


Nature Walks

There will be two nature walks taking place at Burchells Coucal Eco Trail, 1 Deeptank Road, Illovo. On Wednesday, 20 December there will be the Kiddies Nature Walk with Blessing Majoka from 8am to 10am at a cost of R30 per child which includes a snack pack from Cafe Familia.


On Saturday 23 December there will be Birding and Nature Walk with Blessing Majoka from 7am to 11am at no cost. Meeting at Cafe Familia afterwards for scones and refreshments.


Saturday, 16 December Events


Christmas Tree Lighting

Everyone is invited to watch the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Amphitheatre around dusk. This is a joint community initiative organised by Sapphire Coast Tourism and Durban South Business Forum.


The Summer Watermelon Festival

This is a fantastic family-friendly event centred on this refreshing summer fruit. Taking place at the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre on Saturday 16 December from 12pm, visitors can expect a juicy line-up of fun watermelon activities with food trucks serving delicious fare and refreshments in the form of craft beer, as well as tasty pink gin & tonics. For the younger children, there will be a secure kids’ area with fun play equipment to keep them entertained.


The Christmas Market

This expansive market is a one-stop Christmas shopping venue with a range of craft stalls, food stalls and an entertainment zone for the children with inflatables and rides. This quality Christmas Market will take place at Sweetwaters Church on Saturday, 16 December from 2pm to 9pm with a carol service happening at 7pm. Visitors are asked to bring a bag or tin of dog or cat food for Amanzimtoti SPCA.


Winkle Toti Winkle Sea and Sand Marathon

The 45th annual marathon, hosted by the Winkelspruit Surf Lifesaving Club, forms the final event of the club’s 90th anniversary celebration calendar and is also the club’s biggest fundraiser. Taking place on Saturday, 16 December from 8am, it includes a surfski race, as well as a run/walk with paddlers taking on runners to get to the finish line first. The route is from Winkle Beach to Toti Beach and back again measuring 12.6km with a shorter 4.8km race to Warnadoone Rocks and back. Anybody can enter the run or walk race, however, the surfski event is only open to lifesaving and South African Canoe Union members because of associated risks. Registration takes place at Winklespruit Surf Lifesaving Club on the day at 7am with an entrance fee of R100 for 14 years and older – including burger and colddrink – and R50 for entrants under 14 years.


Umgababa Mnini Dam Extravaganza

eThekwini Municipality is sponsoring the fantastic Umgababa Mnini Dam Extravaganza at Mnini Dam Resort from 10am on Saturday, 16 December. This year’s event will feature a host of top South African musicians, including a number of great local acts. There will also be an exciting array of arts and crafts stalls for festival-goers to enjoy. Tickets are available from Computicket at a cost of R150 for general admission or R500 for the VIP experience.


Amanzimtoti Main Beach Programme

Amanzimtoti, Baggies and Winklespruit Beaches will play host to a number of beach activities centred on the theme ‘Family – young and old having fun together!’ Organised by the Stranddiens Team with the support of Sapphire Coast Tourism events’ liaison, Awie Pienaar, beach-goers are sure to be kept entertained this holiday. DJ Fluffy and DJ Chris will ensure the music keeps everyone in the party mood and there will be plenty of fun giveaways, vouchers and promotions supplied by local businesses, among them Lords and Legends, Thirsty Whale, Splash, Aliwal Dive Centre, Illovo Nursery, KFC, Pick’n Pay Galleria, Debonairs Amanzimtoti, Tiago’s and more!


Visitors can look out for Happy Drums who will be offering free drumming lessons while FUNLAND and Dolphin Bowl will set up mobile tenpin lanes with voucher giveaways…all on selected days only. Don’t miss out on any of these and more exciting festive season events listed below:


Activations at Toti Main Beach

On 9, 23, 24, 27 and 28 December, there will be a Vodacom activation by Blue Alley Trading 210cc at Toti Main Beach.

On Saturday, 16 December, there will be Sprite and Mc Donalds sample activations by Blue Alley Trading 210cc at Toti Main Beach.

From Tuesday, 19 December to Friday 22 December there will be Nu Metro 4DX activations by Thubalisanda Marketing at Toti Main Beach


Monday, 18 December

9am:                                      Beach volleyball and touch rugby

10am:                                    Music, puppet show, children’s games, treasure hunt

11.30am to 12.30pm:         Soccer city with elimination rounds for different ages, kid’s musical and games – art competition, fear factor, hamburger eating


Tuesday, 19 December

9am:                                      Mixed volleyball, touch rugby for teens, cricket for younger children

10am:                                    Music and puppet show

10.30am:                              Treasure hunt and flagging

11am:                                    Karaoke

11.30am to 12.30pm:           Crazy games – water balloon tarp catch and silly tag, among others. Ice cream eating competition, banner making competition, five’s volleyball tournament and tenpin bowling hosted by FUNLAND


Wednesday, 20 December

9am:                                      Beach volleyball with prizes

10am:                                    Music, puppet show and children’s band

11.10am to 1pm:                   X-Factor


Thursday, 21 December

9am:                                      Volleyball and soccer

10am:                                    Puppet show

11am to 12.30pm:       ‘Blind mol’ treasure hunt; boere sport including aartappelresies, driebeenresies, eiergooi, sakresies and toutrek; ‘The Voice’ for individuals, groups and families


Friday, 22 December

9am:                                      Beach volleyball tournament

10am:                                    Music, face painting, hairspray and puppet show

11.10am to 12.30pm:      Action cricket, flagging. Entertainment centre – board games, beach bowling, Fear Factor, pizza eating competition and tenpin bowling hosted by FUNLAND


Saturday, 23 December

7am:                                      Fun Run working together with Parkrun

9am:                                      Beach volleyball tournament

10am:                                    Music, face painting and hairspray

10.30am:                               Puppet show

10.50am:                               Treasure hunt

11am to 12pm:                 Water games and sandcastle building; X FACTOR – musical and theatre talent; hamburger eating competition; tenpin bowling hosted by FUNLAND


Sunday, 24 December

9am:                                      Touch rugby and ‘aflos-relay’ with crossfit or volleyball

10am:                                    Puppet show and beach frisbee golf

11am to 1pm:                        Toti’s Got Talent

6pm:                             Carols by Candlelight at the big Christmas tree. Families to bring presents for the poor


Monday, 25 December

8am:                                     Christmas service on the beach

8.45am:                                Christmas puppet show

9.30am to 11am:                 Volleyball; The Voice – Christmas songs; Christmas trees in the sand and decorations


Tuesday, 26 December

9am:                                      Family volleyball and soccer

9.30am:                                Treasure hunt

10.30am:                              Puppet show

11am:                                    Family Wipeout


Wednesday, 27 December

9am:                                      Touch rugby, volleyball and soccer

10am:                                    Puppet show

11am to 1pm:                    Do you want to build a sandman?; Boeresport; Miss Toti (heat 1); hamburger eating competition.


Thursday, 28 December

8am:                                     Family walk

9.30am:                                Beach volleyball, rounders and soccer

10.30am:                              Treasure hunt; hoola hoops

11.40am to 12.30pm:           Family creativity competition with sand; Miss Toti (heat 2)


Friday, 29 December

9am:                                      Beach volleyball fives tournament

10.30am:                               Puppet show

11.15am to 1pm:              Balloon creativity competition; creativity exhibition; Miss Toti Final; pizza eating competition; tenpin bowling hosted by FUNLAND

DSTV cartoon network roadshow by Wozani Africa Events at Toti Main beach.


Saturday, 30 December

7am:                                      X FACTOR; Parkrun

9am:                                      Beach volleyball and touch rugby

10am:                                    Music and puppet show

10.40am:                              Treasure hunt; paper plane competition

11am to 12pm:                  Water-balloon; dodgeball; mini-gladiators including tug-of-war and gauntlet

12pm:                                   Karaoke; volleyball; tenpin bowling hosted by FUNLAND


New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the New Year’s with a family-fun event at the KwaMakhutha New Year’s Eve Picnic sponsored be eThekwini Municipality. This event is being held at the Mkhumbi Sports Grounds, starting at 3pm.


For more information of the Sapphire Coast, visit www.sapphirecoasttourism.co.za or the Sapphire Coast Tourism page on Facebook or https://www.facebook.com/totitourism/