Many adventure travelers start their KwaZulu-Natal journey in Durban (eThekwini). Before leaving this bustling metropolis, spend some time enjoying the warm Indian Ocean water and the many beach front activities. See the Moses Mabhida Stadium from a segway or take the ride of a lifetime on the big swing. Dive in uSkaka Marine world or explore the city on two wheels on a bike adventure.
Next head north along the Dolphin Coast, a stretch of coastline famous for sugar plantations and the sighting of dolphins, enter Zululand and enjoy the warm welcome of the Zulu people.
Here you will find the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This protected area spans 280 kilometers of coastline from the Mozambican border in the north to the Lake St. Lucia estuary in the south.
Anglers enjoy the challenge of catching tiger fish on a houseboat trip or sailfish on a deep sea fishing adventure. Guided hikes and turtle tracking are two popular land based activities, while diving enthusiasts recognize Sodwana Bay National Park as one of the premier diving destinations in the world.
Sodwana is home to brightly coloured corals and more than 1,200 species of fish. The reefs are often visited by dolphins, manta rays, turtles, humpback whales and if you are lucky a whale sharks may just swim past you, munching on krill as it slowly moves along.
If you prefer an inland adventure, then your route out of Durban is along the N3 highway, northwest into the Natal Midlands, the rolling hills so fondly described in Alan Paton’s famous novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Here you can see the beauty of the Valley of a Thousand Hills from above on a skydiving or hot air balloon adventure.
Your next stop is another UNESCO World Heritage Site – The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This park spans parts of both KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho and is a hiker’s paradise.
Whether you prefer a stroll through a shaded valley or the challenge of man against mountain, the Drakensberg has it all. Soaring buttresses, lush yellowwood forests, snowcapped peaks in winter and cascading waterfalls make this destination a must-do adventure.
4x4 enthusiasts love the only road access to the ‘Berg’, the Sani Pass, which at the top boast the highest pub in Africa. What better place to toast the end of another successful adventure!