29 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

29 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

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29 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
1
St Lucia
— 5 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Durban
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Howick
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ladysmith
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
Veyane Cultural Village and Cape Vidal Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve. Explore St Lucia's surroundings by going to Tunga Needlework Studio (in Hluhluwe), Emdoneni Cheetah project (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve) and Bayete Zulu (in Jozini). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and steep yourself in history at Shakaland.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shakaland, Emdoneni Cheetah project, Tunga Needlework Studio, Bayete Zulu
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Bhangazi Horse Safaris ©
Bhangazi Horse Safaris
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

12
nights
Durban

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple and The Old Fort. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like uShaka Marine World and KwaZulu-Natal Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pietermaritzburg (Tatham Art Gallery, uMsunduzi Museum, &more), Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland) and Crocworld Conservation Centre (in Scottburgh). There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get engrossed in the history at The Campbell Collections, cool off at Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durban holiday website .

You can take a bus from St Lucia to Durban in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Howick.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pietermaritzburg, Umhlanga Rocks, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, KartingKZN Galleria, Royal Natal National Park
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Himeville Museum and Aladdin's de-Light. Get some cultural insight at Maloti Drakensberg Park and St Luke's Anglican Church. Get out of town with these interesting Howick side-trips: Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston), Underberg Studio (in Underberg) and The Buddhist Retreat Centre (in Ixopo). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sani Pass, don't miss a visit to Culamoya Chimes, look for gifts at Chocolate Heaven, and do a tasting at Abingdon Wine Estate.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Howick driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Durban to Howick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Durban in February, Howick is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ladysmith.

Things to do in Howick

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Nottingham Road, Maloti Drakensberg Park, Sani Pass, Culamoya Chimes, The Buddhist Retreat Centre
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Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Sani Pass ©
Sani Pass
Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains

6
nights
Ladysmith

Ladysmith ©
Ladysmith is a town in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fugitive's Drift and Talana Museum. Isandlwana Battlefield and Rorke's Drift will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Ladysmith side-trips: Winterton (Winterton Museum & Negosie Museum), Blood River Battlefield (in Dundee) and St Matthews Church (in Estcourt). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Spion Kop Battlefield, examine the collection at Ladysmith Siege Museum, stroll through Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project, and brush up on your military savvy at Fort Amiel.

To see maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ladysmith online route planner .

Drive from Howick to Ladysmith in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ladysmith

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dundee, Winterton, Rorke's Drift, Isandlwana Battlefield, Fort Amiel
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Talana Museum ©
Talana Museum
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve
Fugitive's Drift ©
Fugitive's Drift

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