The east coast of South Africa is brimming with many tourist attractions that it’s hard to decide where to kick-start your exploration. A vast majority of exhilarating adventures, incredible game reserves, and cultural museums can be found in KwaZulu-Natal – here’s a guide to help get you started.
Take a detour and discover
With over 96 000 ha of lush grasslands inhabited by many of Africa’s greatest animals including buffalos, white rhinos and nyalas, it’s hard to comprehend just how vast and majestic the Hluluwe-Imfolozi Park is. Renowned for its diverse wildlife and wetlands, this park boasts tourist attractions like no other wildlife park.
Sculptures at St Lucia
Take in the incredible artwork from locals at the St Lucia Information Centre. Made from wood, restin and metal, jaw-dropping sculptures are on display literally stop visitors in their tracks. Inspiration behind the artwork come from themes around artists’ background, gender and their ancestors.
Toad Tree Cottage & Nursery, Mtunzini
The Toad Tree Cottage & Nursery lies deep within an indigenous forest in the Siyaya coastal catchment area. There you will find aloe trees inhabited by forest monkeys and bushbabies and you’ll be in awe at the establishment’s indigenous garden that boasts expansive views of the sugar cane fields.
Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum
Expect amazing exhibitions at the Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum such as old crafts designed behind Zulu mythology. There are over 35 000 pieces of artwork on display including beaded work, woven baskets, and elaborate pots.
Bhangazi Horse Safaris
There are many ways to explore the wilderness, but by horseback with Bhangazi Horse Safaris is simply amazing. Imagine galloping at the water’s edge along St Lucia’s picturesque beaches or taking a slow straddle in the game park.
Take a tour of St Lucia’s pineapple farms where you get to taste delicious Hluhluwe Queen Pineapples. Hluluwe produces an estimated 90% of South Africa’s queen pineapples.
Need a pit stop?
Hilltop Camp, Hluluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
Visit the Hilltop Camp, Hluluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and enjoy 360% expansive views of the lush green land from the many luxurious terraces at this beautiful game reserve. Built in 1895, it’s the oldest game reserve in the country. From just R1200 per person per night.
Umfolozi Hotel Casino and Convention Resort
The Umfolozi Hotel Casino and Convention Resort deserves each of its four stars for its beauty, impeccable service from staff and delicious cuisine on offer. For entertainment, visitors have over 300 slot machines at their disposal including roulette and blackjack tables. Expect to pay R1350 per person per night.
At the heart of Durban’s Golden Mile is the Elangeni Hotel, situated on the beachfront. This 20 story hotel is as luxurious as it is spacious, with rooms ranging from simple yet elegant to deluxe. Rooms start from R2760 per night.
Where to eat
The Gril Jichana is the perfect spot to tingle your taste buds with Durban’s finest cuisines ranging from curries to seafood. This traditional grill house has an impressive menu that consists of meat, fish and poultry dishes.
Enjoy the ocean breeze as you sit and relax at the Elangeni, a quaint restaurant overlooking the promenade. From full English breakfasts to healthy options on offer including fruits and smoothies, there’s no better place to kick-start your day.
Experience a piece of Italy at Clay Oven in Mtunzini where the best pizzas in town are served. There’s an option of thin bases or if you’re the thick base with various delicious toppings on offer.
Zululand Brewery Tap Room
The Zululand Brewery Tap Room is known for its iconic Zulu Blonde Larger. Head to this infamous brewery for your favourite draft.