23 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

23 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

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23 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
1
St Lucia
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Durban
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Margate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Howick
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Winterton
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Change things up with a short trip to Emdoneni Cheetah project in Hluhluwe Game Reserve (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia, enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip itinerary planning website .

Johannesburg to St Lucia is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Emdoneni Cheetah project, Mtuba Mall
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Safaris
Bhangazi Horse Safaris ©
Bhangazi Horse Safaris

6
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Flag Animal Farm (in Salt Rock), Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas). The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at uShaka Marine World, walk around Umgeni River Bird Park, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Durban driving holiday tool .

Traveling by bus from St Lucia to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Durban are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Margate.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Flag Animal Farm, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Margate

Margate is a seaside resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Port Shepstone), Port Edward (Beaver Creek Coffee Farm & Wild Waves Water Park) and Umzumbe Beach (in Umzumbe). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach and stroll through Port Shepstone Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Margate day trip site .

You can drive from Durban to Margate in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durban in January, with highs in Margate at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Howick.

Things to do in Margate

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Port Shepstone, Port Edward, Umzumbe Beach
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River Rafting & Tubing
Beaver Creek Coffee Farm ©
Beaver Creek Coffee Farm
Wild Waves Water Park ©
Wild Waves Water Park

4
nights
Howick

Howick ©
Sitting 1,050 m (3,445 ft) above sea level, Howick boasts waterfalls, gorges, and rivers, and was the site of Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962.
Venture out of the city with trips to Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston), The Buddhist Retreat Centre (in Ixopo) and Marrakesh Cheese Farm (in Rosetta). There's much more to do: stop by Piggly Wiggly Country Village, make a trip to Ardmore Ceramics, admire the natural beauty at Benvie Garden, and stroll through Karkloof Conservation Centre.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Howick road trip website .

Getting from Margate to Howick by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Margate, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Howick, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

Things to do in Howick

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lidgetton, The Buddhist Retreat Centre, Marrakesh Cheese Farm, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails, Piggly Wiggly Country Village
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Stormy Hill Trails & Tails ©
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
Piggly Wiggly Country Village ©
Piggly Wiggly Country Village
Howick Falls ©
Howick Falls

2
nights
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stop by Underberg Cheesery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drakensberg Mountains, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sani Pass. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the striking landscape of Maloti Drakensberg Park.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Howick to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Winterton.

Things to do in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Underberg, Sani Pass, Drakensberg Mountains
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Sani Pass ©
Sani Pass
Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park

4
nights
Winterton

Winterton ©
Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Change things up with these side-trips from Winterton: Ladysmith (Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project, Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, &more), Drakensberg Boys Choir School (in Cathkin Park) and Fugitive's Drift (in Rorke's Drift). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monks Cowl, sample the tasty concoctions at Drakensberg Brewery, examine the collection at Talana Museum, and take in the history at Spion Kop Battlefield.

To find photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Winterton trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Winterton with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Winterton

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Ladysmith, Cathkin Park, Talana Museum, Monks Cowl, Fugitive's Drift
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Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©
Fugitive's Drift ©
Fugitive's Drift

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