8 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

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Howick
— 1 night
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
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Durban
— 4 nights
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Howick — 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at Nelson Mandela Capture Site, take in the dramatic scenery at Howick Falls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church. On the next day, look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly Country Village, don't miss a visit to Culamoya Chimes, and then surround yourself with nature on Karkloof Canopy Tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Howick attractions planner.

Cape Town to Howick is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect nights in Howick to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to St Lucia.
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St Lucia — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Mon), stop by Canerat Crafts, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): stroll through Bhangazi Horse Safaris and then stroll through Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Howick to St Lucia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durban.
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Durban — 4 nights

Surf City

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.
Step out of Durban to go to Ballito and see Spas, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach, and stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durban trip planner.

Traveling by car from St Lucia to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Durban sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

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In KwaZulu-Natal, opposites attract: modern malls and old bazaars, tribal settlements and shiny skyscrapers, and traditional customs and Western culture. Relax on some of the numerous tranquil beaches that dot the region's long coastline on the Indian Ocean. Climb the mountains, take a savannah safari, see Africa's Big Five game, then go partying after dark. Other highlights of a KwaZulu-Natal itinerary include the second-highest waterfall in the world, Zulu villages, and historic battlefields.
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