9 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

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— 1 night
UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
St Lucia
— 2 nights


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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Culamoya Chimes, then get a dose of the wild on Karkloof Canopy Tour, and then admire the sheer force of Howick Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): experience rural life at Marrakesh Cheese Farm, then look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly Country Village, then examine the collection at Nelson Mandela Capture Site, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Howick route site.

Johannesburg to Howick is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
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UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maloti Drakensberg Park and then cruise along Sani Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): trek along Monks Cowl and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Howick to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Durban.
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Durban — 3 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 with an excursion to Spas in Ballito--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, stroll through Golden Mile, kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Durban. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 16th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then stroll through Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Canerat Crafts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St Lucia online road trip planner.

Getting from Durban to St Lucia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

Nature & Parks · Aquariums · Beaches
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.