10 things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

  1. uShaka Marine World is part of Durban’s Golden Mile, which gets its name from its beautiful beaches. uShaka is a full-day experience; you can watch dolphin shows, feed the rays, dive with the sharks, meet the seals, and watch penguins play. https://ushakamarineworld.co.za/
  2. The Battle of Spioenkop in January 1900 is a fascinating tale of the liberation of Ladysmith. While the battleground, situated between Ladysmith and Bergville, can be explored on your own, it’s highly recommended that you hire a guide to get the full experience. https://www.battlefieldsroute.co.za/
  3. Get an aerial view of Durban from the Moses Mabida Stadium viewing platform. The SkyCar lifts you up 106 metres for a 360- degree view of the city. The stadium also offers Segway and walking tours, and the Big Rush Big Swing, an 80-meter free fall into the stadium bowl, which has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest swing. https://www.mmstadium.com/
  4. Sani Pass is the only road link between KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, and crosses the summit of the high Drakensberg. The road can be accessed by 4×4, either yours or a tour guide’s. The steep, narrow path is hair-raising, but the views are worth the expedition. You can also ditch the car and hike up to the top. Don’t forget your passport. https://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/
  5. Do the slip ‘n slide at Umhlanga’s Wave Park. For a small fee, you can enjoy water slides, flow riders, super tubes, and a skate park. Younger kids will love the inflatable water slides and the splash pad and toddlers will have a great time at toddler zone while the adults enjoy themselves at a variety of eateries. http://www.wavepark.co.za
  6. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is mandated to be a global leader in bather protection against sharks while minimising environmental. It also conducts research into the biology of sharks and other animals caught in shark safety gear, and offers a public education programme on safety precautions. On a walk through Shark Museum you’ll find a variety of life-like replicas of sharks, including an 892kg Great White Shark. https://www.shark.co.za
  7. The Inanda Heritage Route takes in some of the most important, albeit little-known, historical sites of Durban. Winding its way through the Inanda Valley, it provides a snapshot of critical South African history as well as, perhaps surprisingly, India’s past. https://www.southafrica.net/gl/en/travel/article/inanda-heritage-route. Enquire here: https://www.zulu.org.za/things-to-do/durban-metro/inanda-heritage-route-D173
  8. Give in to gravity by hurling yourself off the edge of Lehr’s Falls. Attached to the world’s highest gorge swing, of course. The free-fall might only last a few seconds, but the rush stay with you. http://www.wild5adventures.co.za/
  9. Put your grey matter to work by finding clues and solving puzzles to find your way out of a locked room. You chose your adventure. You can play with two or seven people, or any number in-between. https://brainstormescaperooms.co.za
  10. The 15-hectare Durban Botanic Gardens was established in 1849 and is Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden. It curates major collections such as cycads, palms and orchids, and you can enjoy a peaceful morning or afternoon walking the paved pathways surrounded by nature. https://durbanbotanicgardens.org.za