6 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

6 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

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6 days in KwaZulu-Natal Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  3​h
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
Umhlanga Rocks
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
St Lucia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg


Howick ©
Sitting 1,050 m (3,445 ft) above sea level, Howick boasts waterfalls, gorges, and rivers, and was the site of Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Chocolate Heaven, then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Capture Site, and then look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly Country Village.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Howick itinerary planner .

Johannesburg to Howick is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September in Howick, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Howick


Side Trip

Nottingham Road
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Piggly Wiggly Country Village ©
Piggly Wiggly Country Village
Chocolate Heaven ©
Chocolate Heaven
Nelson Mandela Capture Site ©
Nelson Mandela Capture Site


Hillcrest ©
Hillcrest is a suburb in Durban, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Makaranga Garden Lodge and then take in breathtaking views at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hillcrest trip planner .

You can drive from Howick to Hillcrest in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Howick in September since evenings lows in Hillcrest dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Hillcrest

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Makaranga Garden Lodge, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
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Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Makaranga Garden Lodge ©
Makaranga Garden Lodge


Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
uShaka Marine World has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, then make a splash at uShaka Marine World, and then admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Durban trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hillcrest to Durban by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Durban

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Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium

Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks ©
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Umhlanga Rocks day trip site .

Umhlanga Rocks is just a stone's throw from Durban. In September, daytime highs in Umhlanga Rocks are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St Lucia.

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Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Gateway Theatre of Shopping ©
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

St Lucia

St Lucia ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the St Lucia road trip app .

Traveling by car from Umhlanga Rocks to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
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