KwaZulu-Natal has the reputation of being South Africa’s playground. Tropical temperatures make the region a year round destination, whilst the cooling sea breezes help to make the hottest days more tolerable. Durban itself is a bustling if slightly jaded town, with great beaches, casinos, restaurants and nightlife. There are many excursions in the surrounding areas, including safari trips. There is some great shopping to be had, don’t miss the BAT craft centre down by the docks.
If you want to combine some beach with a safari we recommend you travel slightly further afield to one of the top safari destinations, Phinda. Situated in close proximity to the Indian Ocean, Phinda also has access to some of the finest beach areas in South Africa.
Inland are the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains which stretch up as far as the northern reaches of the Kruger. The mountains afford some amazing hiking, fishing and golfing opportunities such as Champagne Sports Resort. There are a number of small boutique properties, such as Hartford House which make a great stop over en route to the Anglo-Zulu battlefields.
For history buffs or fan of the film ‘Zulu’ – a stay at Isandlwana Lodge or Fugitive’s Drift is a must. We recommend a 2 or 3 night stay depending on your level of interest, to really soak up the atmosphere and trace the development of the famous encounter which led to the deaths of some many on either side. It is very poignant and the professional story tellers have an amazing skill at bringing the battle to life.
In Durban, most of our accommodation is tailored towards golfers and located outside of the city centre, along the coast. If you would prefer to be based in the city we have plenty of other hotels to recommend. Facilities at all the hotels we feature also cater for non-golfers with beach clubs, spas, tennis courts and local excursions. Food in the area is of an exceptionally high standard with some of the best and freshest seafood to be found in South Africa.
Cleopatras Mountain Farmhouse
Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse is famed for its gourmet food and stunning mountain scenery. It sits in the southern region of the Drakensberg Mountains and offers trout fishing, hiking and riding nearby.
Fugitive’s Drift offers one of the best Anglo-Zulu Battlefields experience in South Africa. A wealth of memorabilia, excellent historians and superb hospitality make this a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the history of the region.
Hartford House Hotel
Hartford House is a small boutique hotel set in the grounds of a race horse stud farm. The surrounding mountains, countryside, lakes and fields make this an idyllic place to unwind with the very highest standards of accommodation and cuisine.
Rhino Sands Safari Camp
A unique safari destination, Rhino Sands Safari Camp is located in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, home to the Big 5 game animals. Each of the luxurious tented suites has a four poster bed, lounge area and private deck with a plunge pool.
A stately manor house surrounded by indigenous coastal forest is the tranquil setting of this golf estate, elegant hotel and health spa. Selborne Hotel is situated close to the warm Indian Ocean and just south of the city of Durban.
Located along the tropical belt of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amongst the palm and giant milkwood trees lies Teremok Marine, a luxurious five-star boutique guest house. The lodge is located 1km outside of the ever-popular town of Umhlanga Rocks.
Thonga Beach Lodge
On the pristine Maputaland coast of KwaZulu Natal, Thonga Beach Lodge lies in the heart of iSimangaliso World Heritage Park. A magical hidden location with unspoilt beaches, coastal forests and shimmering lakes.
The Oyster Box Hotel
This gorgeous hotel sits on the rocks at Umhlanga overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Umhlanga Lighthouse. The Oyster Box Hotel was renovated in 2010, giving a face lift to one of South Africa’s most iconic properties.
Fairmont Zimbali Resort
The Fairmont Zimbali Resort lies in a protected nature reserve a short 30 minute drive from Durban. The hotel is set high above the Indian ocean with birds and small antelope roaming the surrounding forest and golf estate.