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Enjoy a journey through the “Garden Province”.

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KZN Travel Advice

where to stay in durban south africaIntroduction

The KwaZulu-Natal province is affectionately known as “Garden Province”. It’s a coastal province on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It was formed in 1994 when KwaZulu and Natal Province were merged at the end of Apartheid. Major Cities in the province include “South Africa’s Playground” Durban and the capital city of KZN, Pietermaritzburg.

KwaZulu-Natal is a massive province with a lot of ground to cover, hence it’s considered almost mandatory to rent a car. With Drive South Africa’s vast experience in this regard achieving this will be a breeze as you explore The Kingdom of the Zulu.

Best time to visit KZN

Durban is a year round destination with it’s tropical weather and 2 season conditions. It never gets cold which is why many people often say Durban only has spring and summer and no winter. The rest of KZN experiences cold chilly winters the further you go inland. The province is famous for it’s beaches, mountains such as the Drakensberg Mountains and savannah which is rich in game. For those wanting to view wildlife the winter months are the best time to visit KZN.

Where to Stay in KwaZulu Natal


Durban

The most popular destination in KZN especially during summer school holidays when tousands descent to the beaches of Durban from other pronvinces. Durban also host the Durban July which is a popular event for the who’s who’s of South African fashion and celebrity world.


Northern Natal

Take a tour of the Battle Fields Route, this route has some of the best game parks in the country which offer the big 5 experience as well as 82 battlefields if you are interested in a historic war tour.


KwaZulu Natal Midlands

The Midlands are pretty much a gateway to the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountain range. The Midlands have a world of accommodation facilities to experience and driving through The Midlands Meander is one of the highlights of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Renting a car for a midlands meander is a great way in which to experience this area which is one of the most picturesque in KZN.

Around the Area

Durban’s Ushaka Marine World is a must for ocean life enthusiasts, as well as the Golden Mile of beaches which can be viewed from many of the high rise buildings in the CBD.

The famed Drakensberg Mountains are only two to three hours from Durban, but public transport is lacking so renting a car is ideal. Durban is also a stone’s throw away from other attractions in KwaZulu-Natal including the Midlands Meander, the Valley of a Thousand Hills or the untouched beaches and rolling hills of the North or South coasts of the region.

You can rent a car from any of the major towns in KZN including Ladysmith, Newcastle as well as the two cities Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Hiring a car will make it easier to get around the province.

Getting Around

There is a lot to explore in Durban and KZN; however public transportation in many cases is not up to scratch with the other two major South African cities. So this is definitely something to bear in mind when venturing to the biggest city in KwaZulu-Natal. Once you arrive you’ll fall in love with the people, miles of desolate beaches, nature reserves and greenery and you’ll want to experience it all in your own time, so hiring a car is the only option to really experience Durban.

Length of Stay

Durban compared to Johannesburg or Cape Town is a slightly smaller urban space, so exploring the central parts of the city will be quicker than other parts of the country.

However, KwaZulu-Natal is a big province with a lot on offer and a lot to explore, so if you’re wishing to make Durban your base to see what KZN has to offer, two weeks or more would be sufficient.

What to Pack

Durban experiences warm weather all year round so if you are planning on travelling to only Durban warm clothes should suffice, although every now and then a cold front hits bringing in some storms and grey skies and rain.

However if you are planning on seeing more within KwaZulu-Natal packing a few warmer items is advisable especially if you’re planning on visiting the Drakensberg Mountains which gets a fair amount of snowfall during certain times of year.

KZN Car Hire

With so much to explore in KwaZulu-Natal province, you are going to need a car to get around the big province, the size of Portugal. Hiring a car with Drive South Africa will make it possible to travel through some of the most scenic parts of this great part of South Africa.

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