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Best things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

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Where in the world: Africa  /  South Africa  /  KwaZulu-Natal

Top 15 things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

1. Shark Diving, Durban

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia

Explore the lakes and bays of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a protected area and a World Heritage Site known for its scenic landscape, as well as staggering ecosystem and wildlife diversity. Numerous options exist for enjoying the park, most of which include 4x4 rides to reach various hiking trails, fishing spots, and game viewing locations. Depending on the sites you visit, you can discover dune forests, pristine beaches, crocodiles, lions, hippos, whales, and a plethora of other mammals, birds, and marine species. It can take days or even weeks to see everything the massive reserve has to offer, but the park boasts plentiful accommodations and amenities for those wishing to extend their stay.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $18 › Learn more about iSimangaliso Wetland Park

3. uShaka Marine World, Durban

uShaka Marine World, a spacious 40 acre (16 hectare) waterfront theme park boasts an aquarium, water park, and a rope adventure area. While there, you can enjoy dolphin and seal shows at the stadium, snorkel among schools of fish, or visit the reptile exhibit to observe snakes, crocodiles, spiders, and other creatures. Numerous pools and slides await you at the water park, while other attractions include a shopping mall, cafes, restaurants, a beach, and a children's play area.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $62 › Learn more about uShaka Marine World

4. Sani Pass Private Day Tour

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This is an affordable private tour with a personal, dedicated guide.We guarantee your space to enjoy yourself in comfort. We take only two people in a vehicle, or 4 from the same group, or 6 (must have at least 2 children) from the same family. You decide where you would like to spend time taking photo's or at viewpoints. We offer freshly baked snacks, water and juice. We go beyond the beaten track, include visits to shepherds in their homes and go to private homesteads.We offer you traditional food tasting at a private restaurant.You will see more, hear more and experience much more on these tours. If you are cold we have fluffy blankets and hot bean bags for you.There are warm and cold towels to refresh you along the way.  We give you the option of lots of other extras for special occasions and make sure everyone has a superb certificate of achievement for summiting the Sani Pass.
Suggested duration: 6 to 7 hours
Tours from $53 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Durban Botanic Gardens, Durban

The oldest botanical garden in Africa, Durban Botanic Gardens was founded in 1851 and features a scenic 15 hectare (37 acre) park, dotted with thousands of trees and plants, both indigenous to South Africa and from other parts of the world. The park boasts a substantial plant collection, especially cycads, orchids, and palm trees. Bask in the tranquil atmosphere as you roam the picturesque garden paths, admire the well-kept lawns, go bird-watching, or have a picnic in the shade.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Durban Botanic Gardens

6. Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area, Hluhluwe Game Reserve

The former hunting grounds of Zulu kings, Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area covers an area of over 960 sq km (370 sq mi) of African wilderness. Known for its conversation efforts, the park boasts one of the largest populations of white rhinos in the world. Aside from ample animal viewing opportunities, here you'll have the opportunity to walk two-self guided trails.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $73 › Learn more about Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area

7. Safaris, St Lucia

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Safaris

8. Shoreline Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruises, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia:Discover, Witness and Observe Hippo's, Nile Crocodiles and Hundreds of bird species on our Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise while in St Lucia. This 2 hour Boat Cruise Safari gets you close up to the residents of the estuary.Travel aboard one of our exclusive 15 seater vessel's ( Shoreline 1 & Shoreline 2) with experienced and knowledgeable skipper's/ rangers. They will undoubtedly answer every question that you might have, and furnish you with some incredible facts and information on the area.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $24 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith

See the big five game animals at Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve. Spread over 8,900 hectares (22,000 acres) of diverse landscapes--grasslands, savannahs, riverine forests, and thornvelds--the reserve is home to more than 40 animal species, including zebras, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, and cheetahs. Accommodations range from tented camps to five-star lodges. The nearby attractions include the famous KwaZulu-Natal battlefields and Drakensberg Mountain Range (a World Heritage Site).
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $1,544 › Learn more about Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve

10. Saint Lucia Estuary, St Lucia

Explore the world of hippos and crocodiles at Saint Lucia Estuary, a World Heritage Site. In this area rich in bird life, expect to see flamingos and other migratory species, especially abundant during the rainy season when the water levels rise. You can also go on exciting safaris to spot rhinos, leopards, and the greater kudus.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $18 › Learn more about Saint Lucia Estuary

11. Golden Mile, Durban

Appealing to walkers, cyclists, and joggers, Golden Mile represents a developed stretch of Durban's coastline offering some of the best attractions in town. Highlights include a series of pubs, as well as an aquarium, skate park, museum of surfing, and several sandy beaches.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $41 › Learn more about Golden Mile

12. Sani Pass Tour into Lesotho from Underberg and Himeville

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Sani Pass Tour – Pathway to LESOTHO the “Kingdom in the Sky”The tour gives you the opportunity to experience an adventure of a life time – an exciting journey up this famous pass.

 The tour snakes up the mountain and takes you through a scenic valley along a crystal clear river, making for a breath-taking experience. Your personal Tour Guide will fill you in on all you can learn about the history of the pass and the surrounding area. Feast your eyes on the natural landscape that is dotted with many species of wildflowers, creating splashes of vibrant colours. The road itself is rough which is why only 4×4 vehicles are allowed to traverse it, but because of this and the hairpin bends, you are in for a fun and heart-racing trip! 

Once you reach the top your senses will be filled beyond your wildest dreams - breathe in the fresh mountain air, drink in the sweeping vistas that are nothing short of majestic and enjoy this unique African experience in the 'Kingdom of the Sky'.
Suggested duration: 7 hours
Tours from $55 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

14. Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Howick

Stop by Nelson Mandela Capture Site to admire the striking monument dedicated to the late president and anti-apartheid activist. The statue marks the location where, in 1962, the police captured Mandela, who managed to evade arrest for 17 months. View the sculpture, designed by Marco Cianfanelli and made up of tall steel columns, aligned to create a portrait of Nelson Mandela that comes into view as you approach the memorial site.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $169 › Learn more about Nelson Mandela Capture Site

15. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Full Day Big 5 Safari Tour

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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa. This 96000 hectare Park is home to the African Big 5, Wild Dogs, Cheetah and much more. Historically this is also the Park that single-handedly saved the Rhinos from near extinction in the '60s when less than 100 Rhinos roamed the planet. King Shaka also made use of the southern section (Umfolozi) as his personal hunting grounds in days gone by. This park not only offers the most magical sights and sounds but some fascinating historical facts. All of our rangers have numerous years of experience in their respective fields and will undoubtedly ensure that you have a marvelous day out on your Full-Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Safari.
Suggested duration: 7 to 8 hours
Tours from $96 › More about this tour at viator.com ›