Things to do: Fitness fanatics will love Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, a 26 hectares nature reserve on the shore of the Indian Ocean in Umhlanga. Travellers should also visit Gateway Theatre of shopping, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s largest malls, for a little retail therapy and family fun.
Ballito is about 40 kilometres north of Durban and known as a holiday spot in the province. It forms part of the KwaDukuza Local Municipality and iLembe District Municipality.
Things to do: Sugar Rush Park in Esenembe Road offers trails, animal interactions, a jump park and even a spa for the moms. Also arrange a visit to Cappeny Estates, the only commercial strawberry farm in Ballito. The 17-hectare farm, nestled between the rolling hills of iLembe and the Indian Ocean, has one of the best scones with strawberry jam tastings.
The South Coast has built a reputation for being a getaway for all ages with its pristine beaches and water sports. Whether you choose Port Edward or Port Stepstone, travellers will be enthralled.
Things to do: The Red Desert, known as the world’s smallest desert, is located at the Red Desert Nature Reserve in Port Edward. The 200-metre site is known as the world’s smallest desert. Mac Banana in Munster is the perfect place for adventure seekers. Fun for the entire family, it offers zip line, paintball, archery and a butterfly dome tour.
Hluhluwe, known for their Big 5 filled with the Big 5 and scenic views, is just three hours from Durban. Situated between iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park on the banks of the Hluhluwe River, travellers will be spoilt for choice at the range of activities on offer.
Where to stay:
* Hluhluwe River Lodge: Located at Sub 21 of lot h104, Hluhluwe. Call: 035 562 0246.
Things to do: Enjoy Big 5 sightings at Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, known as the oldest proclaimed natural park in Africa. It consists of 96,000 hectares of wildlife, plants and birdlife. Just an hour drive from Hluhluwe is St Lucia. Ideal for a day outing, travellers can go on a forest walk at False Bay Park or a midday boat cruise within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. A guide will provide an insightful talk about Africa’s largest estuarine system and the animals that live in it.
The Drakensberg mountains range forms the border between KwaZulu Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho. Its towering peaks offer dramatic views of the mountains and lush sceneries.
Things to do: From hiking, nature walks to adventure, Drakensberg offers a range of activities for everyone. One of the most popular activities is the Drakensberg Canopy Tour, situated in an indigenous forest of the Central Drakensberg. It boasts Africa’s first elevated rock face walkway.