Durban & KwaZulu-Natal Guide

Offering year-round sunshine and beautiful stretches of golden coast along the Indian Ocean, it is easy to see why Durban is the nation’s top holiday destination. The fascinating mix of cultures is what makes the region so unique. Learn the history of the indigenous Zulu people on a cultural visit to the Battlefields of the 19th Century Boer Wars.

But there is more to the city than culture. The wildlife of the UNESCO World Heritage listed St. Lucia Wetlands is abundant and world-class, likewise the renowned Rhino conservation efforts in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.

Save time and money with our Free Planning Service

Discover Durban

Whether you are chasing the sun, interested in history, or fascinated by wildlife that Durban offers, our Africa consultants can make the most memorable South Africa holiday for you.

Things to do in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

  • Soak up the sun, and swim in the tropical Indian Ocean
  • Taste ‘Bunny Chow’ the famous Indian dish of Durban
  • Spectate dolphins year-round from the Umdloti coast
  • Observe as the hippos graze in your hotel garden in the St. Lucia Wetlands
  • Take a guided tour of Rorke’s Drift and the Battlefield sites of the Zulu & Boer Wars
  • Watch elephant graze from a boat on Lake Jozini
  • Hike through the towering peaks of the Drakensburg Mountains
  • Look out for the Big 5 in Hluhluwe National Park

Getting There

By Air – Durban is easily accessible from the UK, especially with the recently launched direct flight from London Heathrow departing on certain weekdays.

By Road – It’s just a 20-minute drive from the International Airport before you reach the coastline of Durban, or 30 minutes to the city itself. Heading North along the coast to the wetlands takes roughly 3 hours, and to the Battlefields is around 4 hours 30 minutes inland.

Plan your holiday

Durban & KwaZulu-Natal Hotels

Where to stay in Durban and Kwazulu-Natal.

KwaZulu Natal National Parks

Located on the Indian Ocean coast is the World Heritage listed St. Lucia Wetlands Park, a vast area of waterways, forests and spectacular dunes. The lovely seaside resort of St. Lucia has fine beaches and makes a great base for exploring the Wetlands.

The beautiful Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park is the oldest of South Africa’s game parks and renowned for its success in rhino conservation. Game drives can be taken amongst scenic landscapes in search of lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino, zebra and scores of native bird species. It offers a range of tented camps and lodges both in and near the park.

Plan your holiday

Elsewhere in South Africa...

Combine Kwazulu-Natal with Cape Town, the Garden Route and Kruger to create an ultimate South Africa adventure.

South Africa - More Holiday Options

Spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife and fabulous food and wine, South Africa won't disappoint!


Coronavirus – Notice for Customers

We are currently contacting all customers whose holiday may be affected by the current travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

For the latest Government advice regarding travel to any particular country please visit the website:

Great Prices for 2020 & 2021

Whether you’re looking to get away this year or next, hotels are now offering some great prices and airlines incredible deals for both 2020 and 2021.

Cancellation Guarantee

So you can enjoy these low rates without risk, we have introduced a Price & Cancellation Guarantee. On all new bookings from 14th March 2020 we are offering:

Full Refund or Free Re-Booking - if you have to cancel your holiday or part of it due to UK government recommendation not to travel.

Free Change of Date or Destination - if foreign government action prevents access to their country or region.*

Freedom Expertise

At Freedom Destinations you have expert help at the end of the phone, so you can book with confidence knowing you have great support and full financial protection whatever happens.

Call us today on 0333 003 8043 or enquire online.

* Changes must be booked with same airline if flights have been paid. All changes subject to availability and seasonal surcharges and standard terms and conditions apply.