Umdloti: Nearby Attractions (Or: The rest of
Umdloti is located in the province
(KZN), which is one of 9 Provinces in South Africa. Click
here to view our maps of KZN.
There are several Tourist information services in
Tourism KZN, Zulu Kingdom :
Ezemvelo, KZN Wildlife http://www.kznwildlife.com/
North Coast, Sangeni
Tourism Centre http://www.northcoast.org.za/
Umhlanga tourism information centre http://www.umhlanga-rocks.com/
Regional Information Office http://www.southcoast.kzn.org.za/
There are a number of Specialist Tour operators
offering short and longer tours of the area.
Drifters Adventure – Wildlife Tours and Drifters Inns. Highly recommended for
tours and their range of Inn’s or B&B’s, including their Inn in Umdloti and another
overlooking False Bay. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.drifters.co.za/.
Zulu Safari’s – Offering sea cruises, adventure
activities and safaris from day trips to two week tours. http://www.zulusafaris.co.za/ or email@example.com
African Dimension Tours – guided day or overnight tours. firstname.lastname@example.org
Outpost safaris – email@example.com
Shaka Tours and Safaris – Based in Umhlanga. Wide range of one to three day tours.
http://www.shakatours.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do
prefer to do it yourself, on a self drive, click here for local car hire and shuttle services.
If you do opt for
a self-drive exploration of the area, here are a few tips:
- Make sure you have a good map of the
area. There are many minor roads only shown on a good map. An excellent
free map, sponsored by Braby’s, is available
from ‘Zulu Kingdom, Tourism, KZN’ visit http://www.zulu.org.za/ for more
information. It really is the best map of the Province we have come across
– for charting minor roads.
- Petrol can only be purchased with
cash (rands only!), or with garage cards issued
by the major South African banks. That is the law………………..
- If you are not familiar with the
area you are planning to visit, or the route you are planning to take,
make sure you have done your homework, and know what to expect!
- There are very few banks or cash
machines north of Ballito – until you hit Maputo in Mozambique!!
- Don’t expect frequent petrol or
refreshment stops. Don’t expect any at all on more minor roads…
- Check if a 4x4 vehicle is needed to
reach your intended destination as many roads are not tarred, and can be
difficult to pass after inclement weather. Some establishments offer a
pick-up service for the last few kilometers of the journey.
- Don’t expect that campsites will
have electricity and potable water. Check first…
- Relax and enjoy your exploration of
the Province. It has so much to offer.
Here are a few of our favourite places. Click here to view our map of KZN
KZN North Coast
A trip to the market in Verulam for
fresh produce and spices. Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday
Lunch at the Hops and
Barley pub in Ballito –
right on the beach, extensive menu for young and old. Listen to the crashing
waves, and occasional live music!!
Thompson’s Bay – lovely sandy bay, fishing
opportunities from the rocks where King Shaka Zulu
insisted his warriors prove their bravery by jumping off into the wild ocean
below and huge tidal pool. This is a must at Spring
high tide, when the vast waves sweep the rocks and fill the pool. Best enjoyed from in the water of the tidal pool. Click here to check for spring high
Zinkwazi Lodge – quiet secluded spot for a light lunch
and a river walk. Boat trips are available, and there is a campsite and chalets
for those who want to stay a little longer.
Mtunzini – not too far away for a short break
away from Umdloti.
Set in a coastal forest and mangrove swamps. Several camping
opportunities, restaurants and bars. UmlalaziGame
reserve can be booked through Ezemvelo, KZN Wildlife http://www.kznwildlife.com/
St Lucia and nearby Cape Vidal – ideal destination for a few days away
from Umdloti, with lots to do for all the family. Watch the hippos and crocs from the deck
at the ski boat club, lots of B&B’s, restaurants and bars. Long beaches and boat trips from the estuary. Some great
campsites run by Ezemvelo, KZN Wildlife http://www.kznwildlife.com/,
which we regularly use.
St Lucia is also the gateway to Cape Vidal, which is now reached by
tarred roads, so a 4x4 is no longer required. The quieter
alternative with cabins, camping and great snorkeling. Can be booked
through Ezemvelo, KZN Wildlife http://www.kznwildlife.com/
Game reserve – easily
combined with a trip to St
Lucia, Hluhluwe is
a 45 minute drive inland from the coast. The big 5 are all represented here,
and meals and accommodation available at Hilltop Camp, with panoramic views
across the reserve.
False Bay – a further hour or so driving from St Lucia into
the Greater St. Lucia wetlands. Great views of False Bay
from the Drifters Inn e-mail email@example.com
for central reservations. In March 2006 we stayed there, and disappointingly False Bay was dry!!! We haven’t heard reports of heavy
rains to restore the area to its natural paradise.
Ndumo – One of those great secrets. Tucked out of the way on the border with Mozambique. Rest camp and
campsite run by Ezemvelo, KZN Wildlife http://www.kznwildlife.com/.
Bird watching, game viewing, and some beautifully situated hides. Quite a drive from Umdloti, so stay for a few nights.
to the largest concentration of battlefields in the Southern Hemisphere. Here Boer, Brit and Zulu clashed in
bloody conflict. Not really our thing……….. Many organized tours are available (see
Specialised Tour Operators, above). The local
municipalities also have tourist offices. Visit http://www.amajuba.gov.za/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more
KZN South Coast
The KZN South Coast is much more built up than the
north coast but we have managed to find a few secluded gems, that we are really
cautious about sharing………………….
The Bluff area, and south to Treasure
Beach - On the south side of Durban harbour.
Great harbour views and old fashioned seaside
resorts. Cafes and swimming pools.
– Just south of Umkomaas. Secluded Beach. Rustic, but
charming campsite. Best of all check out the Chief’s Cabin, and Deck. Sea Views, cold beer and good food. Sunday lunch is a favourite.
Bazely – Another secluded beach, a hamlet with
a few private holiday homes and a family holiday resort.
Port Edward – Located at the southern tip of KZN, just before
crossing into the Province
of Eastern Cape. A charming, traditional, seaside town. Great
fishing. Lots of accommodation and catering options.
Midlands Meander and Drakensberg
Travel to the KZN Drakensburg
Mountains, and linger on the Midlands Meander along the way.
For further information about the Midlands Meander
For the Drakensberg go to http://www.zulu.org.za/
include the Kamberg
Mountains, Cathedral Peak
and Didima. There is a luxury hotel at Cathedral Peak, but a cheaper, and very
comfortable alternative in Didima. Opened about 3
years ago and well run by Ezemvelo, KZN Wildlife http://www.kznwildlife.com/. Ezemvelo also have a rest camp at Kamberg.