As the snow melts on the Drakensberg, the winds blowing through the Midlands start to warm up and Durban transforms into its usual hot and balmy self, opportunities for fun and exploration start to open up in the Zulu Kingdom. Between September and November, before the real Summer heat sets in and confines us all to air-conditioned rooms, visitors to this diverse and hospitable province have worlds to explore. Comfortably seated in your rental car (perhaps a tough 4×4, although a good family sedan will be just as useful) you’ll have plenty to see and do. Here are 6 of them ,and we’re only scratching the surface…
Mountains, wildlife, gorgeous wildernesses, towns filled with old-world charm – the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has it all. While it’s a perfect place to drive around, there are also plenty of opportunities to get out and walk and bike, visit craft shops, attend workshops and much more.
Mpumalanga may have the Kruger National Park, but in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal is another lesser known but equally breath-taking wildlife gem. With lots of accommodation to suit all budgets and chances to view the Big 5 and other species, Hluhluwe is a dream for lovers of fauna, flora and untamed bushveld.
Heading inland, you’ll find the border town of Himeville. A Mecca for lovers of extreme sport and adventure, Himeville is also the gateway to the Sani Pass, the road to our stunning neighbour, the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This is a rough and unpaved road so a 4X4 is essential! Plenty lodges and quaint stores are dotted along the main roads for you to explore.
If you’re looking for a pristine beach, well away from the crowded promenades of Durban and Umhlanga, head for iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the North Coast and find this beautiful hideaway set in lush forests. With camping and lodge facilities and a truly untouched beach, this is the perfect getaway to experience a world undiscovered, and reconnect with nature.
Northern KwaZulu-Natal was the site of numerous conflicts between the Zulu and British armies in the past. The landscape is dotted with various battle sites that tell incredible stories of these clashes, among them iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. You can tour them in your car, or on foot, or even on horseback.
Once you’re done exploring the bushveld and countryside, why not explore the urban attractions of South Africa’s third largest city. Loaded with historical and cultural gems, as well as beaches and great nightlife, Durban doesn’t get the credit it deserves as a tourist destination. Relax on the Golden Mile, visit the casino at Suncoast, grab a meal on Florida Road or enjoy a concert in the Botanical Gardens. The activities don’t stop there: catch an international cricket match at King’s Park or, if you’re still in an adventurous mood, go bungee jumping at Moses Mabhida Stadium. There’s all this and more…
Whatever you decide to do in our beautiful province, we can provide you with the perfect rental car. Contact us to book.