50 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

50 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

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St Lucia
— 14 nights
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Mtunzini
— 9 nights
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Ballito
— 13 nights
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Pietermaritzburg
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St Lucia — 14 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Lucia: Hluhluwe Game Reserve (Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area, Emdoneni Cheetah project, &more), Mkuze (Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve, &more) and Hluhluwe (Bonamanzi Game Reserve, Emdoneni Lodge Spa, &more). Spend the 5th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, kick back and relax at St Lucia Beach, steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, and take a pleasant ride with Bhangazi Horse Safaris.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read St Lucia online vacation planner.

Mtunzini to St Lucia is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mtunzini.
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Mtunzini — 9 nights

Mtunzini /ˈmtunzini/ is a small coastal town that is situated almost exactly halfway along KwaZulu-Natal's coastline in South Africa approximately 140 km north of Durban. Venture out of the city with trips to Eshowe (Dlinza Forest & Fort Nongqayi Museum Village). There's still lots to do: stroll around Umlalazi Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mtunzini Beach, and contemplate the long history of Shakaland.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mtunzini road trip planning tool.

You can drive from St Lucia to Mtunzini in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Mtunzini can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You will leave for Ballito on the 26th (Sun).
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Ballito — 13 nights

Ballito charms vacationers with its golden sand beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, which serve as a playground for the bottlenose dolphins.
Explore Ballito's surroundings by going to Stanger (Prince's Grant Golf Course & Harold Johnson Nature Reserve) and Zinkwazi Beach (in Zinkwazi Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris, enjoy the sand and surf at Thompson's Bay Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Ballito Junction, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Great Railroad Brewing Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ballito trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mtunzini to Ballito in an hour. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Mtunzini in December, plan for little chillier days in Ballito, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Pietermaritzburg.
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Pietermaritzburg — 13 nights

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Venture out of the city with trips to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (Kamberg Nature Reserve & Maloti Drakensberg Park), Inchanga Railway Station (in Inchanga) and Piggly Wiggly Country Village (in Nottingham Road). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, explore the world behind art at Tatham Art Gallery, and learn more about the world around you at KwaZulu-Natal Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pietermaritzburg online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ballito to Pietermaritzburg takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ballito in January, you will find days in Pietermaritzburg are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

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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.
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