For those who look forward to vacationing in sunny KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) over the festive period, but dread the thought of jostling for elbow room on crowded beaches or sitting in traffic in the summer heat, rest assured there are plenty more fun and relaxing holiday options just a few hours’ drive from South Africa’s playground. Here are a few charming KZN attractions that holidaymakers can add to their December itinerary.
Bundu-bashing at Sani Pass
Just two hours’ drive from Durban, on the road that connects KZN and Lesotho, lies Sani Pass, a mountain pass that rises 2 876m above sea level. This… Read More
Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the coastal forest section of iSimangaliso, lies the secluded Rocktail Bay. You can drive along seemingly endless sandy, burnt-orange tracks, encountering only bovine pedestrians. You’ll find Rocktail Bay hidden beyond the thick vegetation.
Here are a few must-do activities to add to your itinerary at Rocktail Bay:
Snorkel at Lala Nek
Meaning “a place to rest”, Lala Nek brings new meaning to the idea of solace. No more than five vehicles are permitted to park in this part of iSimangaliso, so you’re likely to have this warm-water beach almost entirely to yourself.
There’s not much to beat a weekend away in a quiet beach town – and Kenton-on-Sea offers just that. The beaches are pristine and the water’s cool, with rock pools full of interesting creatures. With plenty of accommodation available in this quaint town, be sure to opt for one with excellent views of the ocean. The Oyster Box Beach House is a great choice.
For those who live in KwaZulu-Natal, the list of fun activities and latest chill spots is never-ending. With business minds and families flocking to Durbs for Indaba 2016, I thought I’d share some of my top picks for those visiting my home province. These are the places I grew up visiting, always make sure to add to my “to-do list” and can’t wait to try next. So here’s your guide on what to do, where to go and how to make the best of your time in beautiful KZN:
Sakhile Dube – the chameleon whisperer of iSimangaliso. Image courtesy of Darling Lama Productions.
Sakhile Dube is a nature guide in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site and some say he has a close, personal relationship with the local population of chameleons…
In the middle of nowhere and under a thick veil of darkness, Sakhile Dube gets off the open safari vehicle, walks a few feet into the dense Maputaland bush and brings out a luminescent green flap-necked… Read More
Durban, a world-class port city. Image by Sawubona magazine
While Johannesburg is sophisticated and Cape Town is Euro-chic, Durban is pure African exuberance.
It’s a heady multicultural melting pot built around vibrant beach life, buzzing hotspots and gorgeous scenery bathed in heat and humidity that make even the famous local curries seem tame in comparison.
It’s an open-air lifestyle of sun, sea, sand, picnics, parties and pleasure. But it wasn’t always this way.
Durban is surrounded by historic sites where epic battles played out between the Zulus, British and Afrikaners, as they… Read More