20 Sep Road trip in Kwa Zulu Natal
Kwa Zulu Natal is a province on the East Coast of South Africa and is most famous for its:
- stunning beaches,
- spectacular mountains and
- open savannah.
This is what makes KZN a perfect destination for anyone that would like to experience most of what South Africa is well known for. Located on the Indian Ocean and the East Coast of the country this province offers nice temperature throughout the year. Like the name Kwa Zulu Natal already says, it is a Zulu area. The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Most of them live in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal.
Unfortunately, many tourists visiting South Africa only come to Cape Town and travel parts of the Garden Route. I want to show you the beautiful side of the amazing Natal province. As I only had 6 days to spend in Kwa Zulu Natal, I couldn’t experience the mountainside but I am still sure you will get an authentic idea of this beautiful piece of earth. Getting around in Kwa Zulu Natal by public transport is a bit difficult and can be quite expensive, that´s why I got a rental car.
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Here you can find my itinerary for 6 days in Kwa Zulu Natal:
Durban/ Kwa Zulu Natal
I started my trip in Durban, which is the largest city in Kwa Zulu Natal and after Cape Town and Johannesburg the third most popular city in South Africa. What is important to know as well is that Durban is Indian influenced, as it has the second largest Indian population after India.
What to do in Durban:
- Take a walk at the Durban Beachfront
- Do some watersport
- Visit Shakaland (Zulu cultural village)
- Visit uShaka Marine World (largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere)
- Eat some good seafood at the Durban Harbour
- Shop at the Eastern Spice Market
- Party in Florida Street
- Go on a Inner City Walking tour
Where to stay in Durban:
This cool backpackers got a room for every type of traveller: dorms, private rooms and even premium rooms. Yoga on the beach, rooftop braai, pub crawl… at Curiosity there is always something going on. You want to take it more easy – no problem. Just get a good book and chill in the lounge or the courtyard.
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Day 2 and 3
Tugela Mouth/ Kwa Zulu Natal
My next stop was Tugela Mouth, this cute little town is located on the Dolphin Coast about 60 km away from Durban. It is a perfect get away destination with unspoilt beaches and a paradise for bird watcher and people that love fishing.
What to do in Tugela Mouth:
- Watch some birds
- Take a walk at the Nature Reserve Harold Johnson
- Go for a run at the beach
- Visit Ultimatum Tree
- Watch whales and sharks (season: July to November)
- Go on a fishing trip
- Do a canoe tour on the river mouth
- Go for deep sea fishing
- Visit Zinkwazi Beach and do some watersports or
- Just relax and read a good book
Where to stay in Tugela Mouth:
This super chilled backpackers is located right on the beach and the perfect stop over for some relaxing days. The owners Ashely and Geoff are amazing hosts and make you feel home from the first minute you walk in.
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Hluhluwe National Park/ Kwa Zulu Natal
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park is the oldest National Park in Africa and home to the BIG 5. It is a self drive park but safaris can be booked as well.
Where to stay at Hluhluwe National Park:
This resort is the only resort in Hluhluwe National Park, that has a restaurant but offers self-catering and non self-catering chalets at the same time. You need a break from the bustling city life? This camp is the perfect place to be. What I enjoyed most was waking up in the morning by the sounds of nature and watching the sunrise.
Day 5 and 6
St Lucia/ Kwa Zulu Natal
St Lucia is located about 250 km north of Durban and has some of the highest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Southern Africa. Taking a walk in St. Lucia during the evening, 9 out of 10 times you are bound to bump into a hippo that had the same idea. St Lucia is part of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, which is the 3rd largest National Park in South Africa and one of the countries World Heritage Site.
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What to do in St Lucia:
- Deep sea fishing
- Whale watching (June to end of November)
- Watch turtle’s laying eggs and breed on the beaches (November to the end of March)
- Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park
- Trail hiking
- Horseback riding
- Bird watching
- Go on a boat safari
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Where to stay in St Lucia:
This camp offers luxury tents not to mention luxury tents for a backpacker budget. A pool area with open plan kitchen as well as comfortable lounging sofas and a BBQ space will help you to finish off your day super chilled.
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