The Beacon Easter Eggsplorer at Durban Botanic Gardens is back

Durban’s biggest Easter Egg hunt is back and visitors will be hopping with ‘eggcitement’ at this year’s event to be held at the Durban Botanic Gardens. The Beacon Easter Eggsplorer will coincide with the Easter weekend with two events on the 31 March and 1 April. In collaboration with Beacon Chocolates, the Eggsplorer offers a magical start to the holidays for families looking for some fresh air and good fun.

From Butterfly Garden to Alien Ally, the Beacon Easter Bunny has left a trail of giant Easter eggs throughout Africa’s oldest surviving Botanic Gardens for the older ‘eggsplorers’ to seek out, while the younger ‘eggsplorers’ (ages one to three) will have a dedicated hunt area. Botanic Gardens Trust Manager, Kerry Phillips says, “This is not your average hunt. We’ll provide maps, clues and plenty of obstacle challenges to make sure it’s the best in Durban. The event is open to all ages so bring the whole family for some good old-fashioned fun in a safe and secure environment.”

Older ‘eggsplorers’ will be given a map and clues that will take them through the gardens’ key areas and attractions collecting stickers, which once they have them all, qualifies them to redeem their chocolatey surprise from one of the redemption locations. A food garden selling casual food will be available, but visitors are welcome to bring along their own picnic baskets, blankets and chairs to get the most out of spending time in one of Durban’s most special green spaces. No alcohol is permitted.

In addition to the hunt, the Beacon Easter Bunny and his friends will be on hand to meet and greet the little ones and a host of other activities including cupcake decorating, arts and crafts, face painting and a bunny education area, wiil keep the whole family occupied. Proceeds from the Sticky Fingers Cupcake making stand will go towards ‘Feeding the Furballs’, a non-profit organisation that rescues stray animals.

A portion of the proceeds raised will go towards the Durban Botanic Gardens trust to fund vital conservation work. “Last year’s event was sold out and this year we only have 4000 tickets available.  Although a limited number of tickets will be on sale at the gate each day, we urge everybody to book in advance, to avoid disappointment,” adds Phillips.

Tickets are available via or from Pick ‘n Pay. Eggsplorers tickets are R85, Observer tickets are R20. Children under the age of one are free. T&C’s apply. For more information visit


–  Saturday 31 March 2018 & –  Sunday 1 April 2018

Doors Open: 10h00

Doors Close: 14h00

Event address:   Durban Botanic Gardens,  9a John Zikhali [Sydenham] Road, Durban

Please contact the Event Organisers on for more information.

Carla Gailey

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