this is the result of weeks of research for our trip in February 2015, does the itinery look feasible (times and distances taken from web)?
Suggestions for eating and drinking stops always welcome together with any suggestions that will enhance our time spent in KwaZulu..
MONDAY –drive Ballito to St. Lucia 197km (2hr. 10mins ) considering stopping off at Shakaland near Eshowe for a 3 hour tour including lunch , Zulu culture etc.
Ballito to Shakaland – 99km (1.1/4hrs. )
Shakaland to St. Lucia – 150km (2hrs)
TUESDAY -St Lucia . We plan to visit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi (lunch at Hilltop) , take an estuary boat trip, visit Cape Vidal and Isimangaliso Wetlands.
Looking for suggestion for the route to and from Hluhluwe e.g. which gates to enter/exit .
WEDNESDAY –St Lucia
THURS – St Lucia
FRIDAY – Drive to Dundee , longest drive of the tour ,308km (4.1/4 hrs) . Try to visit Talana museum in Dundee before doing Battlefields tour next day . Suggestions for a break for lunch/coffee please, not just a service station .
SUNDAY- visit Talana if time did not allow on Friday . Drive to Royal Natal Park to see Amphitheater (174km 2.1/2 hr), possibly lunch at Mount Aux Sources Hotel to view the Amphitheatre .
has anyone visited the Eskom Power Station ?
Continue a little more further South , location not yet decided - suggestions please . We prefer to be able to eat out in the evenings rather than being confined to isolated accommodation.
MONDAY – Enter another part of the Drakensberg Park, (R600 looks like the easiest access) , After lunch , hopefully with mountain views , tour some of the Midlands Meander .
TUESDAY- Meander to Umhlanga , visiting Howick Falls and Mandela’s capture site on the way
THURSDAY – Umhlanga
visit Ushaka , Sharks Board, Durban town centre, Valley of 1000 Hills and chill out on beach .
SATURDAY – fly to UK .
whilst I have done a lot of research on the Internet and studied maps etc. ,nothing beats the input of those of you who have either visited KwaZulu or live there. Our last 2 trips to the Western Cape have been perfect thanks for all of TA contributions on accommodation, places to eat and visit many of which would have been missed without your inside knowledge.
Thanks in advance .
SUNDAY- arrive home