Cape Town – Durban is one of the most favourably positioned cities
in South Africa.
Just a short drive inland of the warm coastal city and you
will be surrounded in the lush greenery that is the Midlands Meander.
Go more inland and to the west, and you will find the majestic
Drakensburg mountains, or head further north of Durban along the coast to
experience the splendour of KZN’s estuaries.
Perhaps you enjoy the beach vibes but want a change of
scenery? Then all you have to do is drive further down south from Durbs for
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With KwaZulu-Natal offering the beach, burg and bush experience,
and Durban being the eclectic urban centre of it all, your travels in SA’s east
will be nothing short of memorable.
Hit the road with these 4 KZN road trips this summer:
Meander the Midlands
A mere 100km drive from Durban will take you to the Midlands
Meander – a hub of arts, crafts culture and cuisine set in the lush natural
beauty of KZN’s inland.
A drive to the Midlands Meander makes the perfect road trip for
families as there is always something to capture the hearts of people of all
ages and backgrounds.
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through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
A trip to Piggly
Wiggly should be on your road trip bucket-list. Here you will find a range
of attractions – shop for artisanal food, local wines or even fine art, while
kids enjoy anything from candle-dipping and chocolate-making, to games of archery
and ride mini ziplines – all in safe and controlled environments.
Be sure to stop at the Mandela Capture Site and pay your
respect to Tata, followed by selfies at the piece of artwork created in his
The Midlands boasts many quaint towns with rolling green hills,
fresh air, a cool calm atmosphere and abundant flora and fauna unique to the
area. One can also stop at Howick Falls
to marvel at the waterfall in the midst of the quiet towns.
Be moved by the majestic
KZN’s Drakensburg mountain range is one of the provinces
most breathtaking assets, and less than 200km drive from Durban. Massive green
mountains, caves with rock art, a natural amphitheatre and capped with snow in
winter, Drakensburg mountains are a valuable natural and cultural heritage site,
and a World Heritage Site.
More than just a perfect place for capture photos of Mother
Nature’s offerings, Drakensburg has a number of hiking trails. You can also book
accommodation along the way at lodges, tented camps and backpackers – and can
also sleep in caves if you're feeling adventurous! Expect unforgettable views the
A great concentration of San Bushman rock art can be seen at
parts of the Drakensburg mountain range. Visit the open-air Bushman
Cave Museum in the Giant's Castle Reserve - this requires a short walk to
the cave, which features 500 rock paintings, some of which are estimated to be
around 800 years old.
Other attractions in the area include The Drakensberg Boys' Choir performances at
the Choir School in Champagne Valley as well as horse-riding at Spionkop
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Explore the estuary
and wetlands at iSimangaliso
About 230km from Durban, explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – home to
the big five and a plethora of wildlife and plant life, as well as SA’s first
World Heritage Site.
The Wetland Park now boasts five ecologically distinct
visitor game drives, each with distinctive attractions en route including
hides, look-out points, picnic sites, places of interest – like Lake Bhangazi –
Considered a biodiversity hotspot, one of the world’s oldest
rituals takes place at the Park’s shoreline. Annually, female leatherback
turtles emerge from the ocean at night to lay their eggs on beaches. In summer they
return to these beaches after travelling across the world’s oceans. This
incredible journey has been occurring for the past 100 million years!
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Take in the sunshine
at Sapphire Coast
Sapphire Coast in KZN’s south coast, only about a 30-minute
drive from Durban, is home to 40 kilometres of unspoilt beauty, boasting a
variety of wildlife just inland of its golden beaches and the renowned Aliwal
Shoal Reef where one can go scuba diving.
“The coastal villages, which are steeped in culture and
history, offer a range of accommodation and eateries suited to every budget,”
says Sapphire Coast Tourism which boasts a packed programmes especially for the
Apart from beaches, world-class dive sites, cultural spots,
nature reserves and a number of food and drink venues, there will be a park
run, river clean-up, nature walks, tree lighting ceremony, Christmas market, watermelon
festival and more. Click here
for more information.
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