KwaZulu-Natal is a world in one province: to the North of Durban, you will find the best of African game reserves and pristine beaches. To the West lies the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and temperate Midlands. Meanwhile, the South awaits you with superb golf courses, fishing spots, and miles of subtropical coastline. So are you ready to explore Durban North?
Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu-Natal is a melting pot of African, European, and Indian cultures. This province boasts two World Heritage Sites, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, and the majestic uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
KwaZulu-Natal offers superb beaches, game reserves, rolling green hills, and relics of the great battles in South African history. There are 8 distinct regions and numerous must-see attractions, so you have a world to explore.
Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its port is the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10 largest in the world. Durban is blessed with balmy weather all year round, making it a perfect holiday paradise.
Durban International Airport is only 30 minutes from the City with daily flights for domestic and international travel. And if you’re needing a conference centre, The International Convention Centre is centrally located and offers an innovative, world class experience for conferences of up to 5000 people.
Durban’s sunny climate combined with its wealth of facilities makes for a year-round sporting extravaganza. Water sports such as surfing, body boarding, sailing, and scuba diving are obvious favourites given Durban’s proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. Rugby, soccer, and cricket are also exceedingly popular with Durban boasting world class stadiums for all major sports.
Only a few minutes away from surrounding beaches and major attractions, Splash Inn B&B offers tremendous value and convenience. Whether your stay is for business, leisure, or an impromptu weekend getaway, our accommodation and generous hospitality are guaranteed to make our B&B your home away from home when you are in town.
15 minutes north of the city of Durban are the upmarket areas of Durban North and uMhlanga. Most of this beautiful part of the world was once a coastal dune forest system. There are still parts of it preserved in the Mangrove Swamps, and the Umgeni Bird Park bears testimony to the number of birds attracted to the area.
uMhlanga’s main beach is one of 24 beaches in South Africa with Blue Flag status, seven of which are in and around Durban. The uMhlanga Lighthouse is a local landmark, and alongside it lies a scenic boardwalk that locals enjoy daily for runs and leisurely strolls.
The uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, which has a Stone Age seashell midden at its lagoon mouth, provides a number of stunning trails and coastal forest boardwalks. The unique Hawaiian forest and its neighbouring coastal wetlands, grasslands and dune forest is a beautiful place to visit and the backdrop to a ground-breaking environmental judgement that has limited rights to build houses here.
Find your Zen at the Japanese Gardens. Traditional features like lily ponds, sculptures & meandering walkways highlight this public garden. A gentle stroll through the oriental landscape soothes your city haste and balances the urban lifestyle. Bamboo reeds and Japanese blossoms provide tranquillity with an authentic Eastern feel. Traditional ponds are home to Japanese Koi Carp who bring luck to the water features and keep the wide variety of water lilies company.
This quiet spot proves extremely popular on weekends and public holidays, so visit this special world early.
Monday – Friday: 8AM – 6:30PM
Saturday: 8AM – 6PM
Sunday: 8AM – 5PM
The Golden Hours Family Market is a market focused on home produce, fresh food, fresh fruit and vegetables, crafts, pottery, and clothing. It is held from 10am on Sundays in Durban North and is located in a veritable forest of mango trees. This market is sure to offer the whole family a fun Sunday outing.
Sundays: 10am – 3pm
The beneficiary of the proceeds from this market goes to
the Golden Hours School, a worthy recipient of this endeavour.
They don’t call Durban “South Africa’s Playground” for nothing. Blessed with warm water, robust waves, and seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches, you’ll soon understand why Durban (eThekwini) is everyone’s favourite seaside spot. So, dig your toes in the sand, take a dip in the sea and enjoy your time in South Africa’s third biggest city.
Durban’s beaches lie along a stretch of golden sand, known locally as the Golden Mile. From Blue Lagoon’s fishing spot to the sunken Vetch’s Pier, a host of flat, sandy beaches invite you to set down an umbrella and towel, and while away the hours in the sun. The beaches also offer public amenities, protective shark nets, beacons to show safe swimming, and lifeguards on duty for most of the day.
The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets. Situated on the banks of the Umgeni River, the Umgeni River Bird Park is a tranquil oasis waiting to be explored.
Surrounded by soaring cliffs and a magnificent 20m high waterfall, the park is a haven of tranquillity and beauty. The lush gardens feature palms, cycads, ferns, and other plants from around the world.
9am – 5pm daily
This 76 hectare nature reserve is found on the northern bank of the Umgeni River mouth, in Durban North. The nature reserve, proclaimed in 1977, protects the natural estuarine system.
From the beach, you have magnificent views of the city. Yet when wandering through the reserve, it’s hard to believe that you’re in walking distance from skyscrapers and shopping centres. There are two walking trails in the reserve.
3rd Saturday of the month 8AM – 1PM
The Pithi walk is about 500m long and takes about 30 minutes; the Hadeda walk at 1km long and takes about an hour; and the 2km Forest Olive trail is about two hours. 55 hectares of what remains of coastal forest in the heart of Morningside. Its value lies within the knowledge that little has changed in this patch of forest since 1850.
Trails throughout the reserve are well marked with coloured concrete blocks, and there are picnic areas and braai facilities.
7:30AM – 4PM daily
Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the largest shopping centre in the Southern hemisphere. It’s filled with a lavish choice of entertainment for the whole family including hundreds of stores, a climbing wall, trampoline zone, indoor funfair, and exquisite cinema. Come rain or shine, you have an entire day of activity at this mall.
You’ve seen the impressive Moses Mabhida Stadium dominate the Durban skyline from afar. Now get up close and personal as you venture into the heart of Durban’s majestic stadium.
Explore its state-of-the-art change rooms where your sporting heroes regroup and walk through the tunnels they’ve walked through. Step onto the pitch and imagine thousands of roaring fans around you, or discover the suites where the rich and famous are entertained. That’s just a taste of the captivating, all-access stadium tour.
The Sky Car goes up one side of the stadium’s arch to a platform at the top, which gives 360-degree views of Durban and the surrounding area. It is spectacular. On the other side of the arch, is the Big Rush Big Swing. This is an adrenalin junkie’s dream which incorporates the Adventure Walk.
Attractions have slightly different opening and closing times.
Greyville Racecourse is a Thoroughbred horse racing track. Durban’s grand hotels of the Golden Mile outline this historical racecourse, which neighbours Durban’s Berea and the Royal Durban Golf Course.
The uMhlanga beaches and the Dolphin Coast are only 10 minutes from Splash Inn. They’re both blue flag beaches, meaning they’re a safe swimming spot. If the alluring golden sands aren’t enough to tempt you, diving and Dolphin viewing is also a potential item for the agenda.
Dive into the intriguing world of sharks with this audio-visual presentation. The 26 minute presentation has some awe-inspiring camera effects that give you a close-up and detailed view of these top predators. Although the purpose is entertainment, it also educates the viewers on fascinating facts that’ll be sure to ‘bite’ your interest. After the show, you’ll get to see a shark dissection, giving you a peek into the anatomy of these sea kings.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
First Sunday of the month: 2:00 PM
(Sunday shows are subject to change), contact office to confirm.
Held at the Hellenic Club, the award-winning Durban food market has been proudly operating for many years and is a must-do for foodies of all ages.
Relish in your choice of organic produce, goat’s cheese, wild meats, home-baked cakes, fudge, biscuits, jams, breads, flowers, and even oysters. Lazily stroll through stalls featuring quality, locally made items. South Africa is a community of makers; and as you trade your Rand’s for one-of-a-kind creations, you can rest easy knowing that you’re helping grow the local creative scene!
Outside you can check out the wormery and organic garden suppliers too. Cooked food and bar services are also available, and their tables provide a perfect spot for you to enjoy the vibe.
On the last Saturday of the month from 8am to 1pm
No visit would be complete without experiencing uShaka Marine World. Let the kids get their thrill at the largest water park in the Southern hemisphere before strolling through unique stores and restaurants. Visit their Sea World and take your pick from a great selection of animal encounters. Meeting dolphins, shark cage diving, ocean walking and snorkelling are among the choice – don’t get a fright when sharks swim past to say hi!
Discover the Riches of the Sea
Experience the thrill of surf launching and learn about the east coast’s rich marine life. Deep Sea Fishing & Boat Trips are available, and the Surf Launch is from Granny’s Pool on uMhlanga Beach.
Deep Sea fishing charters: BOAT | 19 ft YELD CAT.
All Equipment & Bait Supplied. Keep Your Catch. Various Trip Lengths Available.
Private Charter. Boat trips: BOAT | 7,2m RUBBER DUCK. 1 & 2 Hour Trips Available.
Private Boat Hire. Marine Life Sightings are regular.
The Hawaan Forest in Umhlanga is the last of its type. It lives on a dune that is as old as 18,000 years, holding invaluable history. The Ohlanga River and the sea frames this forest. It has remained unspoiled for all these centuries and is home to many animals, birds, and various tree species. The Hawaan trails are not publicly accessible due to conservation efforts. However, you can arrange a guided trail where you’ll be sure to see a variety of unique animals including bush pig, genet, duiker, and sometimes, pythons!
February to December
First Saturday of the month at 8:30 AM
uMhlanga lagoon is a 26 hectare nature reserve. It’s only a short stroll along the boardwalk before you meet the sands of uMhlanga Rocks beach. The reserve is an organic extension of Hawaan Forest and the uMhlanga Lagoon hiking trail, enclosing the mouth of Ohlanga River.
6:00AM – 5:00PM
It’s not just the 5km stretch of beautiful beaches that causes visitors to flock to uMdloti Beach; it’s also the high possibility of seeing dolphins playing in the waves! Couple this with the exquisite scenery and diligent lifeguards, and you’ve got the perfect beach outing for young and old.
Your little ones will be delighted with the natural tidal pools, which are safe for swimming. At low tide, the ocean life becomes visible, allowing you to see the fish and their friends at play.
You will also find the Dolphin Reef at uMdloti. This reef stretches over two kilometres and is a worthy visit for divers.
Bluff Nature Reserve is a 45 hectare piece of heaven. Situated in The Bluff, it is a protected fresh water pan with a neighbouring forest. It’s Durban’s oldest nature reserve dating back to 1974. There are bird watching facilities as well as trails throughout the reserve.
7:00AM – 5:00PM
The Durban nightlife is a constant buzz of excitement, no matter where you choose to go or what your preference is.
The key areas for Durban’s nightlife include:
Florida Road and Windermere Road in Morningside offer a great variety of restaurants and cafes in street cafe settings. The area is full of energy and the pubs and clubs hold a good vibe, too.
The Victoria Embankment refers to the area around Durban’s Harbour where numerous restaurants cater for all tastes in a beautiful setting.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Durban North, a leafy suburb between Durban and uMhlanga Rocks with vibey street pubs and cafes.
uMhlanga Rocks has a lovely village feel to it with pavement cafes and pubs together with venues right on the beach.
uMdloti and Ballito have seaside restaurants and pubs in beautiful locations.
This coastal province is set apart by its intermingled landscape of bushveld and coastal dune forests. This diverse natural world homes a wide array of wildlife. Together with meandering markets and loads of history, KwaZulu-Natal will certainly keep you occupied.
There are so many activities to do in this tranquil spot. It has something for everyone, from magnificent rock climbing cliffs to a Crocodile Farm, Lion Park, ‘wining and dining’, and more.
Kelso Beach is on the South Coast. It’s warm waters and pristine swells are enough to lure any surfing enthusiast in. Take a snorkelling adventure across the exquisite coral reef or embrace the sandy shores on horseback, collect exquisite shells, and fish from the boulders.
The crosspatch hills of the Midlands are sure to inspire true bliss in whoever lays their eyes upon it.
The roads twist themselves over streams and cross through picturesque towns like Howick and Nottingham Road. The scenery is unique in its spectacular seasonal changes. In Spring and Summer, bursts of colours and greenery greet you while Autumn presents a shower of warm, auburn toned leaves. Dress warmly for winter trips – the frost often comes out to bite! This little slice of paradise has been dubbed the Midlands Meander.
This sculpture is a landmark and must-see for any Midlands Meander visitor. It marks the monumental spot that Nelson Mandela was captured during the Apartheid of South Africa. This event was historical and led to his 27-year imprisonment. It is a paradoxical sculpture, explains the creator, Marco Cianfanelli. “This represents the momentum gained in the struggle through the symbolic of Mandela’s capture. The 50 columns represent the 50 years since his capture, but they also suggest the idea of many making the whole; of solidarity. It points to an irony as the political act of Mandela’s incarceration cemented his status as an icon of struggle, which helped ferment the groundswell of resistance, solidarity and uprising, bringing about political change and democracy.”
The magic of this sculpture lies in the eyes of the beholder – who will only be able to see Nelson Mandela’s face if they stand at a specifically marked standing point. If you move only slightly out of position, Nelson Mandela disappears.
The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve presents another scenic spot of KwaZulu Natal. You’ll be greeted by magical picnic spots and inviting hiking trails, decorated with forests and cliff faces. The reserve has a plethora of small wildlife and hundreds of bird species. Visitors have even spotted a leopard on occasion. Its eye-bugging scale of 1 917 hectare is picture-perfect, and the Umzimkulwana River Gorge provides the opportunity for white river rafting. For a full list of activities in and around the gorge, see Oribi Gorge Adventures, where you’ll see a list including paintball, birding, hiking, ziplining, and the adrenaline lovers’ Wild Swing.
The Drakensberg is a mountain formation with the highest elevations in Southern Africa. The park includes the Royal Natal National Park, a provincial park that covers part of the Drakensberg. It is here that you can visit the famous Amphitheatre. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site that will wow you with its enormous peaks and secret valleys. Fairy tale forests and crisp rivers welcome you at every turn. The Drakensberg is home to many plants and animals, and you’ll be sure to see a bird of prey swoop over your head.
Formerly Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve, this is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. It consists of 960 km² of hill-like landscape and is well known for its diligent conservation and lush wildlife. The Big Five reign in these parts as well as cheetah, giraffe, hyena, zebra and many more. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park offers its guests a range of accommodation from safari tented camps to luxury chalets planted deep in the heart of the bush.
This is home to the most picturesque landscapes in the country. Sweeping hills and knotty rock formations pepper the rolling plains. This landscape is the site of numerous historical battles that took place over many years and shaped the history of both South Africa and Britain.
Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are two of the most famous battlefields in the country. It was here that the Zulu forces defeated the great British Colonial Empire forces. mostly with traditional spears and shields, this was one of the only indigenous armies ever to defeat the British forces.
Sodwana Bay National Park is famous for its deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, and scuba diving. If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of coral reefs, then this is for you. With 14 reefs draped in coral, there’s an underwater tropical rain forest awaiting your exploration. In the summer months, you’ll even get a visit from turtles as they nest on the beaches.
A small yet widely popular attraction, St. Lucia is visited for one major reason: their beloved Hippos and Nile Crocodiles. The abundant bird life will follow you wherever you go as you explore this picturesque spot. It was awarded as a World Heritage site in 1999.