Top 5 KZN road trips

2012-11-08 16:05

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Kwazulu Natal is one of the most beautiful provinces in South Africa with rich history and beautiful weather. Taking a  summer road trip in KZN would be great. Here are some of the road trips you can take in this province.

1. The Boston Bulwer Beat

Boston and Bulwer villages are located in the foothills of the Drakensberg, amidst rolling hills, lush forests and tranquil lakes and dams. The route is less than an hour’s drive from Durban.  It is an ideal destination for those seeking peace and quiet and good country fare.  For the adventurous, there is abseiling, horse racing, mountain biking, tubing, tandem paragliding and rafting.

Contact Info:

The Boston Bulwer Beat : 033 977 1808


2. The Amble

The Amble route goes through Bishopstowe, Crammond, Wartburg, Kranskop and Greytown areas of the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. The Amble is a 30minutes drive away from Pietermaritzburg and just an hour’s drive away from Durban. The heart of the route is overlooked by the iconic Ottos Bluff, while the armbit stretches to the historical Baynesfield House. Enjoy some mountain biking, play some golf at the St Cathryn Golf Estate, checkout craft shops, dine in fine restaurants and take the kids to the Nansidele socio-park.

Contact Info:

The Amble: 033 569 1757


3. The Valley of Thousand Hills

 The breathtaking Valley of a Thousand Hills is an exciting component of Durban and South Africa's province of KwaZulu-Natal, also known as the Kingdom of the Zulu. A 30-minute drive away from Durban allows you to enjoy the wildlife, magnificent scenery, wining and dining, and warm country hospitality. The area is named after the thousands of hills that tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River, which flows from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the warm inviting Indian Ocean.


Contact Info:

1000 Hills Tourism:  031 777 1874


4. Southern Kwazulu-Natal Birding Route

The Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route takes you from the golden beaches and lush forests of KwaZulu-Natal through the beautiful Lowveld and up to the spectacular heights of the Drakensberg Mountains. It is less than an hour’s drive away from Durban. See over 550 bird species including many rare and endemic birds such as Blue Swallow, Cape Parrot, and Drakensberg Rock-jumper.  This route would be an unforgettable journey for any birding enthusiast.

Contact Info

Birding Routes: 011 789 1122


5. The Freedom Route

The Freedom Route celebrates the freedom icons of this province such as Mahatma Gandhi, John Langalibalele Dube, Alan Paton, Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela and others.  Take an hour-long drive from Durban to this historical route. The Freedom Route let’s you journey into the history of our heroes that have helped shape South Africa into a Rainbow Nation. The route includes the KwaMuhle Museum, Cato Manor, the Inands Heritage Route and the Luthuli Museum in Groutville. In Pietermaritzburg, the route includes the Pietermaritzburg Train Station, The Old Prison, Edendala and Mbali route, the Gandhi Statue, the Alan Paton Centre, Sobantu Township, Manaye Hall and the Nelson Mandela Capture site near Howick.

Contact Info:

KZN Tourism: 011 883 764


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