A picnic in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Here are some suggestions for activities and attractions in KwaZulu-Natal that your guests might be interested in. It is important to be knowledgeable about attractions in your area – if you recommend something that your guests really enjoy, it will make their day.

Roots and culture

San rock art

Most visitors love cultural experiences, and it pays to know about those in your area.

Here are some places guests might like to visit:

Scenic beauty spots

Many tourists look forward to enjoying the natural beauty of our country. Make sure you can point them to the most picturesque spots.

Here are a few places guests would enjoy:

Wildlife viewing

There are over 400 bird species in Ndumo Game Reserve

South Africa is famed for its wildlife. Our land is home to many, diverse creatures, many of which tourists will have never seen before, and which they probably haven’t seen in the wild.

The majority of visitors to South Africa can’t wait to go on a safari or game drive, so make sure you know where they can do this.

Here are a couple of examples of places your guests might prefer to visit:

Deep blue plus

Dolphins off KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast

South Africa has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, boasts a spectacular diversity of marinelife and is renowned for having excellent conditions for watersports.

  • Beaches along the North Coast are plentiful and popular. A little less busy are the exquisite beaches of Ballito, Blythedale, Prince's Grant and Sheffield – also a hot snorkelling spot.
  • The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal includes Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Uvongo and Ramsgate, where swimming and sea sports are enjoyed, particularly in summer.
  • Every year during winter large shoals of sardines arrive on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. From around May, millions of small, shiny fish make the one-way journey from the cold waters of the Cape to the warmer seas of KwaZulu-Natal, colouring the shoreline silver as they convene close to the coast, much to the delight of beachgoers hoping to scoop up a basketful or two.
  • The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga is responsible for protecting bathers along the province’s many beaches from shark attacks. They have been performing this invaluable function for 50 years, in addition to doing vital shark research and educating the public about sharks and their behaviour. Your guests could visit their offices for a shark dissection and tour.
  • KwaZulu-Natal, and Durban in particular, is known by locals as South Africa’s playground. Water-based activities such as surfing, bodyboarding, scuba diving, jetskiing, sea kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing (sea, dam and river), waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing and rafting are enjoyed at the beaches and in the rivers and lakes of the Drakensberg and Midlands.

Culture and lifestyle

Travelling means exploring the lifestyles of different people and the cultures of different places, suggest these activities and sights to tourists interested in our culture and lifestyle:

  • The Umhlanga Farmers’ Market is a great place to find fresh produce and authentic home-made Indian treats at reasonable prices.
  • From the traditional Playhouse to the arty BAT Centre and popular Barnyard theatres, there's a range of talent to entertain theatre lovers.
  • Pietermaritzburg’s Tatham Art Gallery features works from the 18th and 19th century, as well as traditional and contemporary South African art from KwaZulu-Natal.

Action adventure

A diver photographing a massive shoal of fish off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal

Some tourists want a bit of action in their holidays – not all travel is about lying back on sunny beaches. If your tourists in KZN want something adventurous, try pointing them in the direction of some of these activities:

  • The Karkloof Canopy Tour, about 20km from Howick, is a great way to experience thrills by the minute in a verdant treetop world.
  • The Poplar Grove and White Rocks hiking trails provide access to waterfalls, forests, rock art and a series of suspension bridges in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and Drakensberg Mountain.
  • The Champagne Castle Adventure Centre in the Drakensberg World Heritage Site offers family-friendly activities and extreme adventures amid some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery.
  • Extensive reefs, shipwrecks and various shark and ray species frequent the waters of KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast, making it a popular dive destination. The Aliwal Shoal rates among the world's top 10 dive sites.
  • Take a tube and find a river – whether it’s south on the Umkomaas or Umzimkulu, inland on the Mooi, Umgeni or Thukela, or north on the Buffalo, Bushman’s or Pongola, tubing is a relaxing, yet fun activity.

Lap of luxury

For many people, holidays are a time to relax and be pampered. If your guests want to be seated in the lap of luxury, suggest a visit to some of these places:

  • For many people, holidays are a time to relax and be pampered. If your guests want to be seated in the lap of luxury, suggest some of these ideas:
  • Guests could charter a yacht, one of the most luxurious ways to experience any coastline.
  • Fine dining is also a favourite among those with a taste for luxury. Find out about high-class restaurants in your area that guests can visit.
  • Shopping is also a popular pastime for those who enjoy the high life. Find out about boutique shops and upmarket shopping malls that your guests could go to.  
  • The Vodacom Durban July horse-racing extravaganza takes place on the first Saturday in July at the Greyville Racecourse. It’s a glamorous social get-together and fashion spectacle of note.

If you are interested in reading about more attractions in KwaZulu-Natal, visit the South African Tourism website.

Guests also appreciate having an idea of what there is to do in other areas, so find out where they are going next and offer some ideas for what they might like to do when they get there.