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Top 18 Things to Do in Amanzimtoti on a Rainy Day

Top 18 Things to Do in Amanzimtoti on a Rainy Day

Who needs sunshine when there are so many indoor gems to explore in Amanzimtoti? For those who feel like their parade has literally been drenched, we’ve compiled a list of the top things to do here on a rainy day!

Trust us, by the end of the day, you’ll be hoping for more rainy days in Amanzimtoti. Read on!

Discover natural wonders at the Ilanda Wilds Nature Reserve

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Ilanda Wilds Nature Reserve is like a little hideaway right in the heart of Amanzimtoti, perfect for those rainy-day adventures. The nature trails here are so serene—a path that winds through the indigenous forest, alive and teeming with birdlife.

This reserve offers not one but two nature trails with an array of unique endemic plant species, and you might even spot some small antelope if you’re on the lucky side. And hey, give the wooden bridges over the river a try. It’s a must!

Pro tip: 
Remember to bring your binoculars if you’re into bird-watching. Also, the reserve sometimes closes off during heavy rain for safety reasons, so check it out beforehand.

Take a leap of fun at Galleria’s Ice Rink

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Address: Galleria Shopping Centre, Shop S02, Starwalk Entertainment Level, Arbour Rd, Umbogintwini, Amanzimtoti, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 904 1156

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, 12 PM to 2 PM, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM to 10 PM

The Ice Rink at Galleria is a total game-changer on a wet day. It’s not just a puddle of frozen water to slide around on (although, let’s be honest, that part’s pretty fun, too); it’s an entirely different world of gliding, turning, spinning, and, okay, sometimes falling.

They’ve got penguin buddies to assist. You’ll soon be skating like a pro, or at least upright, which is a win!

Pro tip: 
If you want to beat the crowds, Tuesday is usually the quietest day, and remember to wear warm clothes! It gets chilly—surprise, surprise!

Strike out some boredom at Superbowling

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Address: Shop No. S16, Galleria Mall Upper Ground Floor, Cnr Moss Kolnik &, Arbour Rd, Amanzimtoti, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 904 5770

Operating hours: 

  • Monday, Wednesday to Thursday, Sunday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – 9 AM to 11 PM

Superbowling is the place to be when it’s pouring outside in Amanzimtoti. It’s a fun way to catch up with your friends or spend some quality time with your family – as they say, a bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone!

This place is a real scene, complete with neon lights, pumping music, and the crackling excitement of the game itself. What could be more fun than aiming for a strike while your favourite tunes blast in the background?

Pro tip: 
Remember to check out special deals on their social media pages; sometimes, they run unbelievable offers. And don’t worry if you don’t have bowling shoes; you can easily rent them at the venue!

Get lost in a book at the Amanzimtoti Library

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Address: 1 Riverside Rd, Amanzimtoti, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 311 5882

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Saturday – 8:30 AM to 12 PM

Nothing beats the cosy comfort of a library, especially when the weather’s playing up. The Amanzimtoti Library is like a cocoon from the outside world.

And remember the selection because they have everything from mystery to sci-fi, romance, travel, and everything in between. Bookworm or not, it’s a great place to just, you know, breathe.

Pro tip: 
Try to bring a comfy sweater or a shawl, as it can get a bit chilly. And if you find a book you love, remember to check out the borrowing policy!

Visit the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

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Address: 61 Umdoni Rd, Amanzimtoti, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 903 1203

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 6 AM to 6 PM

And now for something completely different: the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary. It’s a birder’s paradise, and even if you’re not a bird buff, it’s a sweet place to chill out and de-stress, especially when the weather’s a tad wet.

To get the full experience, you’ve got to check out the nature trails in the sanctuary. It’s an easy walk, and it loops around the wetlands; the hush that falls over the place is so peaceful that it’s like the whispers of the wind.

Pro tip: 
The sunrise and sunset are the best times to spot birds. And if you are a photography enthusiast, remember your camera!

Dip into the warm waters at Splash Waterworld


Address: 97 Beach Road Amanzimtoti, Main Beach, Amanzimtoti, Durban, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 903 3034

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM

Despite the weather, Splash Waterworld remains a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. On a rainy day, it’s even more of a blast! Trust me, it’s like taking a warm bath but way more fun.

The super tubes here always create huge excitement amongst the young and the young at heart! And they have heaps of safety features, so there is no need to worry about things going south.

Pro tip: 
Just remember, though swimming in the rain can be fun, take caution and head indoors if there are signs of thunderstorms. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof bag for your items too!


Address: 166 Bulwer Rd, Bulwer, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 277 1705

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday – 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday – 8 AM to 3 PM

KZNSA Gallery is a truly awesome place, whether you’re into art or not! The gallery showcases a good mix of South African artists, some up-and-coming, others well-established.

So, there’s always something new and different on display every time you walk in. And you don’t have to be an art expert or anything to appreciate it.

Pro tip: 
If anyone gets peckish, there’s a great café inside! They’ve got these delicious scones, but I digress!

Indulge in ice cream flavours at the Milky Lane


Address: Shop F21 Galleria Shopping Centre Cnr Moss Kolnick, Arbour Rd, & Amanzimtoti, 4125, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 904 5267

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 10 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday – 10 AM to 8:30 PM
  • Saturday – 9:30 AM to 8 PM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 7 PM

I must warn you that Milky Lane is a dangerously addictive place, especially if you have a thing for ice cream, as I do. Don’t even get me started on their chocolate fudge dip; it’s a total game-changer!

They also rock at making waffles, milkshakes, and other sweet goodies that make you want to dance. And who cares if it’s raining outside when there’s butter pecan ice cream with your name on it? 

Pro tip: 
Avoid busy hours if you dislike waiting in the queue.

Enjoy indoor games at The Fun Company Galleria

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Address: Shop S16, Upper Ground Floor, Cnr Moss Kolnik &, Galleria Mall, Arbour Rd, Amanzimtoti, Durban, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 87 164 9459

Operating hours: 

  • Monday and Tuesday, Thursday – 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Wednesday  – 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 10 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM

As the name suggests, The Fun Company at the Galleria is all about the fun—it’s a no-brainer. It’s like an indoor playground that’s not just for kids but for adults, too—a total win-win!

You’ve got everything from the latest video games to 4D interactive games, bowling, and even some rad classic games. And trust me, there’s something addictively exhilarating about good old arcade gaming.

Pro tip: 
Remember to check their daily deals; you might get lucky! And if you’ve got a competitive streak, get their scoring cards; you earn points on games you can redeem for awesome prizes.

Experience craft beer tasting at The Toti Brewing Company


Address: Norge Park 4 Southgate Business Park Moss Kolnik Drive, Umbogintwini, Durban, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 82 853 5264

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Friday – 9 AM to 10 PM

The Toti Brewing Company is about the chill vibes and the oh-so-amazing craft beer. The thing is, at The Toti Brewing Company, you get to taste a variety of different beers and find your favourite.

From light and crisp to dark and intense, there’s a flavour for every palate. Plus, the folks behind the counter know their stuff, so don’t be shy about picking their brains.

Pro tip: 
Remember to check their website or social media for any events going on. You may stumble upon a fun quiz night or live music to entertain you.

Wander the Amanzimtoti Japanese Gardens’ stunning paths

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Even on a drizzly day, Amanzimtoti Japanese Gardens is a serene hidden gem that’ll leave you feeling all zen. If you haven’t been yet, trust me, you’ve got to check it out; it’s like a little pocket of tranquillity.

The lush pathways, the greenery, and the water feature all combine to create a soothing atmosphere. Sure, maybe you’ll need an umbrella on a rainy day, but the whole experience gets even more great when there’s a bit of mist around.

Pro tip: 
Try to wear comfortable shoes, as the paths can get slippery when wet. And here’s the cherry on top: take advantage of the quaint little tea house at the trail’s end. It’s the perfect finale for your calming garden walk.

Cosy up with a meal at Ollie’s Pub and Grill


Address: Beach Rd, Amanzimtoti, 4125, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 903 7912

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 2 AM

No rainy day would be complete without comfort food—we all know it. Luckily for us, Ollie’s Pub and Grill has got us covered.

This cosy little gem has a warm and charming atmosphere, and the food here has just that perfect mix of traditional pub-style dishes perfectly paired with a drink. Here’s the best part: their menu has a little bit of everything to satisfy your hungry tummy.

Pro tip: 
Try their famous burgers or the sticky BBQ ribs; you won’t be disappointed. Oh, and remember to check their specials board when you walk in; they often have some amazing deals that you would want to take advantage of.

Take a thrilling underwater adventure at Aliwal Dive Centre


Address: 2 Moodie St, Umkomaas, 4170, South Africa

Contact details: +27 39 973 2233

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 7 AM to 4 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday – 7 AM to 3 PM

You know what they say—why not just dive in when it’s raining? And I couldn’t think of a cooler way to do that than joining the Aliwal Dive Centre team!

These guys are pros at helping you discover the beautiful underwater world waiting just off the coast, rain or shine. From newbies to seasoned veterans of the deep, Aliwal will get you geared up and ready to dive with their friendly, experienced staff.

Pro tip: 
Don’t forget to arrange your dive in advance; it gets busy here. And remember to ask the staff about the best spots to see depending on the time of the year—those guys know what’s up.

Pamper yourself with a spa day at Armani Day Spa


Address: 43 Main Road, Doonside, Kingsburgh, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 79 329 1013

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 9 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 4 PM

Rainy days were made for one thing: pampering! And that’s exactly why I’m letting you in on one of Amanzimtoti’s most indulgent secrets: the Armani Day Spa.

You can choose from various treatments, from relaxing massages and rejuvenating facials to luxurious mani-pedis. And trust me, once you step through the door, you’ll feel like royalty in no time.

Pro tip: 
On your first visit, they might have a special deal, so don’t hesitate to ask about it. And if it’s more than just a simple treatment you’re after, consider enjoying one of their spa packages; it’s totally worth it!

Savour a hearty meal at Clear Waters Spur Steak Ranch


Address: 97 Beach Rd, Amanzimtoti, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: 27 31 903 8813

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 8 PM

The Clear Waters Spur is one of Amanzimtoti’s most iconic steak ranches. Just walking through the door, you can already feel that unique, welcoming, and cosy atmosphere that gets you every time.

As you’ve probably guessed, their steaks are like the show’s star, but if steaks don’t float your boat, there’s much more on their menu to try. Their menu has got you covered, from sizzling burgers and mouthwatering ribs to salads and even kiddo meals.

Pro tip: 
Make sure to try to grab a booth by the window so you can enjoy the view of the Amanzimtoti River while you munch away. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about their specials—they often have weeknight deals that are total game-changers!

Relax with a warm cup at Mugg & Bean


Address: Shop F24, Cnr Moss Kolnik & the N2, The Galleria, Umbogintwini, Amanzimtoti, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 31 904 2499

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Saturday – 7:30 AM to 8 PM
  • Sunday – 8 AM to 8 PM

Mugg & Bean is a nice nook tucked away in the Galleria Mall, perfect for when you fancy a warm treat. But Mugg & Bean isn’t just about the coffee (although the coffee is top-notch; don’t get me wrong).

Their baked goods are seriously delicious! Whether you’re looking for a spot for breakfast, a quick bite for lunch, or something sweet to satisfy your afternoon cravings, you’re covered.

Pro tip: 
Remember to ask for their free WiFi password; they don’t mind at all. Oh, and try the oversized muffins; they’re everything!

Watch a movie in the plush Nu Metro Galleria

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Address: Moss Kolnick Drive & Arbour Road, btw Ashgate Rd & Outer Ring Rd, 4126, South Africa

Contact details: +27 86 124 6362

Nu Metro Galleria is all about giving you a movie experience that’s totally top-tier. When it’s raining cats and dogs outside, you can just dive into the world of Hollywood (or Bollywood, or whichever “wood” suits you) right in their comfy seats.

The staff here is super friendly, the popcorn is top-notch, and don’t even get me started on the rest of the snack bar. They have delectable nachos, slushies, and so much more.

Pro tip: 
Wednesdays are half-priced, so if you’re on a budget, this day is perfect for some movie magic. And don’t shy away from exploring their VIP cinema options.

Get your adrenaline pumping at Wicked Karting Galleria

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Address: Shop S25 Corner Moss Kolnick and, Arbour Rd, Amanzimtoti, 4125, South Africa

Contact details: +27 74 207 0560

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 8 PM

Alright, thrill-seekers, this one’s for you: Wicked Karting Galleria! Go-karting might not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you’re looking for rainy-day activities, but hear me out.

This place is indoor, super fun, and, let’s not forget, wicked fast! Plus, it’s not just limited to the karts; they’ve got some pretty rad arcade games lined up for you too.

Pro tip: 
You might want to wear closed shoes; safety first! Also, don’t forget to check out their special offers (because who doesn’t love a good deal?).

And if you’re coming in a group, make sure you call ahead; things can get busy quickly out here.

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