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Explore KwaZulu-Natal’s best nature trails

Sunshine filled days, rich culture, rolling green landscapes and golden beaches is what KwaZulu-Natal is best known for. If you’re seeking adventure and time outdoors, then you’re in the right province. While KwaZulu-Natal’s beaches provide unsurpassed coastal experiences, you will also find a myriad of nature trails and fun outdoor activities. With the lush Sibaya Coastal Forest situated right on OceanDune’s doorstep, we thought to share a few more of KwaZulu-Natal’s beautiful nature trails. Now’s the time to throw on your hiking shoes and grab your backpack as we explore new routes for you to try.

Giba Gorge

Situated alongside the N3 freeway just outside Pinetown, you will find Giba Gorge MTB Park. Hosting an array of activities that are fantastic for families and adventure enthusiasts alike, this park has it all. Picnic areas, restaurant and BMX tracks are at the centre of this activity hub, however Giba Gorge’s running and hiking trails are two of the main highlights that extend into 300 hectares of privately owned land. Whether you embrace nature trails for the fun of it or you’re a serious hiker, Giba Gorge provides a route for all.

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve provides two picturesque trails alongside the Indian Ocean shore. The reserve’s trails start at the car park along the northern end of Lagoon Drive. You can start your walk through the accessible parts of the historic Hawaan forest, wander through the marked route and finish off at one of the beach openings. The reserve hosts safe walkways and vintage reinforced pedestrian bridges that allow you to pass through the wetlands and take in the fresh breeze.

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

Enjoy 100 hectares of grassland through a thicket of coastal shrubs and trees within Pinetown. Paradise Valley Nature Reserve boasts two nature trails, the most famous leading to its waterfall, a mere 20 minutes away from the entrance. Start at the reserve’s popular wooden bridge and walk along the clearly marked pathways. You will find a few picnic spots so don’t forget to pack a few treats in your backpack to enjoy as you take in the beautiful surroundings.

There is something for everyone when it comes to the great outdoors. You don’t have to travel far to explore these wonders. Living at OceanDune gives you access to the Sibaya Coastal Precinct’s natural surroundings and network of safe and secure running and cycling trails.

Become a goal-getter!

If there is one thing we’ve taken away from 2020, is the importance of health, wellness and interaction with family and friends. New Year’s resolutions can be dated back over 4000 years ago, and many individuals set various types of goals to meet by the end of the year to enrich themselves in all kinds of ways. Take the time to create a holistic ‘360’ goals to ensure the three main areas of your life are enhanced.


Let 2021 be the year that you focus on your health and overall wellness. The benefits of looking after your wellbeing extend to many aspects of your life, including your mental health, physical health and social wellbeing. Cook a new recipe each week; find fresh ingredients and a recipe to challenge your cooking skills and embrace your inner chef to enhance your diet. Take a stroll for your physical wellbeing and explore the natural assets that surround you at OceanDune. Opt to get out at the end of a long day or go for a morning walk. Get in touch with another side of you, whether you’re spiritual or not, find some time to reflect on your days and weeks to get some clarity on life.


This year might just be the year to kickstart or better your career life. We spend more hours at work than we do with our spare time. Look back on the challenges you faced last year and look at how you can enhance these areas and your strengths. Take a few moments to think about what you want to achieve this year by setting a few goals for yourself – own that business idea, challenge your skills at the office or take that hobby to the next level.


There are many layers to your personal life, from activities you are passionate about to relationships with your friends and family that you can focus on over the course of 2021. What brings joy to your heart? Now go and do more of that! Explore the social side of life and join a club or community, such as a book club or get in touch with community service centres where you can get involved in making a difference to others.

Living at OceanDune helps you achieve these holistic goals by providing you with a close-knit community, access to facilities in a safe environment and is perfectly located to all that you need.

3 Routines to help enhance your lifestyle

The month of January is the ideal time to start new habits and focus on your lifestyle. Your morning routine is the ideal start and can enhance your entire mindset for the rest of the day.

Did you know that the average time people wake up is at 6.23am? The team behind My Morning Routine, a book written by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander, found from their survey on 343 individual’s morning routines that:

The advantages of a morning routine can be extended to anything from your day’s productivity levels, effect on your relationships with those around you, confidence levels, as well as physical and emotional benefits. We have put together a few steps to enhance your morning routine to help you own the day.

Avoid that snooze button

Take time for yourself in the morning before you get into your normal rituals. Ensure you have enough time by getting up earlier to do something that will set the mood for the day, like a quick trail walk or cup of coffee overlooking the ocean or a moment to meditate.

Breakfast is important

It’s true! Fuelling yourself appropriately will help you tackle your day, so whatever you do, whether it is an on-the-go breakfast or a quick sit down before you head out, fit this into your morning routine. Eating a healthy breakfast ensures a clear mindset and helps with your energy levels for the day ahead. There have been studies that suggest eating a breakfast helps with better memory and increased levels of concentration.

Personalise your routine

Make sure your routine works for you – don’t try follow someone else’s. You may prefer checking your email when you get to work, while others prefer doing so first thing in the morning. Do what works for you. Just ensure that your morning routine fits into your day efficiently and gives you a feeling of fulfilment to make your day a success!

At OceanDune, you can achieve the ideal morning with the perfect setting, and access to various facilities that can help you achieve your health, fitness and self-care habits for the year ahead.


Quick and simple exercises you can do at home

Staying at home certainly has it perks- more time to spend with the family, the chance to do some much-needed spring cleaning and also the opportunity to save some money by working out at home instead of paying a gym membership. Home workouts can be quick and easy and can be done with little or no equipment. You may also find that various pieces of furniture can double up as exercise apparatus if needed. Here are some of our favourite quick at-home exercises.

This at-home workout aims to target muscle groups like the quads, abdominals, biceps, and triceps.

You will need:

Keep a bottle of water nearby so you can hydrate as you exercise.



Aim to do three to four, 30-second bursts of skipping with a skipping rope or jog on the spot. You can do this for a solid 1 ½ minutes or break it up into three 30-second rounds with a 10-second rest in between each. The aim of the warm-up is to increase your heart rate and get your muscles warmed up.

Wait 30 seconds and then start the next exercise.


Biceps– 5 minutes

Aim for 40 seconds exercise and 20 seconds rest. Try to do a maximum of five rounds.

Hold a can in each hand with the inside of the arms facing outwards – in other words, if your hands were empty, your palms would be facing forwards. Now curl both forearms up towards your biceps until your hands are in line with your shoulders, and then slowly move your arms down back to the starting position

Once you have completed all the rounds, wait 30 seconds, and then start the next exercise.

Triceps – 4 minutes

Aim for 40 seconds exercise and 20 seconds rest. Try to do a maximum of four rounds

Move your dining room chair in a position so that you have about 1 ½ metres in front of it. Sit down on the chair and place your arms by your sides with palms flat on the seat of the chair. Now slowly and carefully, slide your bottom forward until it comes off the chair and as you do, keep your palms on the chair to steady you. You will need to bend your elbows and slide your hands forward so that your hands come to grip the front edge of the chair seat. Once you are in this position, slide your legs in or out, depending on what feels comfortable and sturdy for you. Using your arms, lift your body up and down so that you feel the tension in your triceps

Quads – 6 minutes

Aim for five sets of 10 squats with a 10-second rest in-between each set.

You do not need any furniture or equipment for this exercise. Make sure you are standing on a non-slip surface or a yoga mat. Stand tall with your legs shoulder width apart. Put your arms out straight in front of you so they are parallel with the ground and keep your head straight and looking forward. Depending on your fitness and flexibility, slowly push your bottom backwards and bend your knees as if you are getting ready to sit down. Now, slowly come back to standing position.

Repeat the routine all over again another nine times. Once you have done 10 squats, you will have completed 1 set. Try not to lean forward too much or arch your back.

If you are not steady and do not feel safe doing these air squats, then practice the same movement but with a sturdy chair or bed behind you to sit down on as you lower your bottom and bend your knees.



Now that you have completed your workout, take a moment to sit down and breathe slowly. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply for 5 or 6 breaths. You may stretch slowly if you like or go for a gentle slow walk around OceanDune. The way you choose to warm-down is totally up to you.

Exercising at home doesn’t have to take long, be complicated or involve expensive equipment. Challenge yourself to do this workout three to four times a week and over time you’ll see and feel the benefits.


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