Discovering the Splendour of Kwa-Zulu Natal: A Guide to the Best Holiday Destinations

Kwa-Zulu Natal is filled with beauty, culture and adventure. From the luscious forests of the Midlands, to the bright blue waters of Umhlanga – it's no wonder that KZN is one of the top destinations in South Africa for holidays, and for good reason.  


In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through some of KZN's top holiday destinations, covering places like Ballito, Drakensberg, Midlands, and the South Coast. 


We cannot mention KZN without thinking of Durban. Not only is Durban a bustling, vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, it’s also situated on the beautiful east coast of South Africa with stunning beaches and warm weather to boot.  

Soak up the sun, sea and sand at the famous uShaka Marine World, experience the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where you can take a ride on the SkyCar and enjoy breathtaking views of the city or take a stroll through the bustling Victoria Street Market and find everything from traditional African curios to the latest fashion trends. And while you’re there, be sure to try a bunny chow – a delicious and spicy curry served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread – a local delicacy unique to Durban! 

Durban’s diverse cultural heritage is also evident in its Zulu-inspired street art and architecture. Explore the streets of Durban on a rickshaw for an experience like no other.  



If you are looking for a destination that is perfect for couples or families alike, Umhlanga is just the place for you. The picturesque and safe beaches make it ideal for enjoying the sun and surf, while there are plenty of child-friendly activities to keep the little ones entertained.

The town is also conveniently located close to Durban, making it easy to explore the city's attractions like uShaka Marine World. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, located in Umhlanga, is one of the largest malls in the southern hemisphere and offers an unforgettable shopping experience. Umhlanga is filled with a variety of holiday resorts, some of the most popular being The Oyster Box and the Radisson Blu Hotel Durban, which offer world-class facilities and luxurious amenities.  



Ballito is another beach paradise situated 40 km from Durban that is perfect for families, and is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the province. With its sandy beaches and warm weather, it's no wonder that Ballito attracts tourists from all over the world. Whether you're looking for a relaxed family holiday or a spot to surf and explore underwater life, Ballito has it all. Holiday resorts in Ballito include the Capital Zimbali Resort which offers something unique to travellers. 



The Drakensberg mountains is a place of unparalleled beauty and adventure, an ideal location for a relaxing or adventurous holiday. Hiking, scenic drives, hot air ballooning, and mountain biking are just a few of the amazing outdoor activities that visitors can experience in the Drakensberg.  

There are many holiday resorts to choose from, some of which offer guided hikes, spa treatments, and kid's activities. If you're looking for a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Drakensberg should be at the top of your list. The Royal Natal National Park is an incredible place to visit and offers a combination of hiking trails, waterfalls, and rock pools to cool off. 



The Midlands is a picturesque area that is perfect for those looking for a calm and peaceful holiday. With rolling hills, lush greenery, and quaint villages, the Midlands is a great place to explore. The Midlands Meander is a popular route for visitors due to the variety of art galleries, craft studios, and restaurants. You'll also find many holiday resorts in KZN that offer spa treatments, fine dining, and a relaxing atmosphere. A few notable destinations include the Howick Falls and the Mandela Capture Site. 


South Coast 

The KZN South Coast is home to some of the best beaches in South Africa, including Margate, Port Shepstone and Port Edward. Visitors can enjoy surfing, swimming, or simply relaxing on the pristine beaches. Popular attractions in the South Coast include The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve; a must-visit destination that offers bungee jumping, abseiling, and ziplining, and the Wild Coast Sun Resort and Casino. 

south coast

Bush Breaks and Game Drives 

Kwa-Zulu Natal is also known for its incredible wildlife and bush getaway experiences. With multiple game reserves and parks located throughout the province, enjoy wildlife safaris, hot air balloon rides, and guided bushwalks.  

Some of the most popular game reserves in the area include Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and Phinda Game Reserve. Many holiday packages in KZN offer combined bush breaks and beach holidays, providing the ultimate getaway experience. 

bush break

Book your KZN escape today 

Kwa-Zulu Natal offers diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, rich history, and thrilling outdoor activities. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach holiday, an adventurous outdoor experience, or a peaceful countryside getaway, KZN has it all! So, pack your bags and discover the hidden gems of Kwa-Zulu Natal today with our KZN holiday packages 


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