Have a penchant for cool, adventurous getaways from the mundane routine of life? If yes, then this blog covers every possible tourist spot near Durban, South Africa that will satisfy your insatiable desires of spending a weekend with your loved ones, without the usual hassles of life.
We’ve put together a list of economically viable destinations within an easy-enough driving distance of Durban to visit for a weekend of relaxation and recuperation.
Here’s a look at the most exciting Weekend Getaways from Durban:
4. Old Beacon Hill, Estcourt
Old Beacon Hill, once an old railway station, has been converted into a self-catering cottage giving a comfortable, subtle experience. One of the most attractive tourist spots today, the Beacon Hill provides a convenient and well-positioned base for discovering what the KZN hinterland has to offer; within driving distance of Midlands Meander and historic battlefields.
The tourist spot also enables you to choose between self-catering accommodation in one of the four cottages or camping to explore several hectares of land, looking out for wildlife.
Distance from Durban: 103.5 miles
Travel Time from Durban: 1 hour 40 minutes via N3
Places to stay: Slievyre Game Farm, Ashtonville Terraces Guesthouse, The Riverhouse, Theme and Again
3. Florence Farm, Swartberg
For all of you horse riding lovers, a trip down to the Florence Farm in Swartberg would amplify your love for the same to its hilt. You can get a taste of farm life by taking up activities such as sheep shearing, feeding, stock taking on horseback and haymaking. You can also take a ride on one of the farm’s ponies, offered at an economically viable price to experienced riders.
The farm also boasts panoramic views of the Drakensberg and enough space in all directions ensuring a stress-free weekend.
Travel time from Durban : 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Places to stay: Lake St Bernard, Teddington Farm, Krom Drift Cottage, Valley Lakes Cottage
2. Highrocks Beach House, Umkomaas
Another cool destination to add spice to your weekend is the Highrocks Beach house in Umkomaas. This indoor public place comprises a fairly open plain kitchen-dining lounge area that opens onto the house’s focal point: a deep semi-shaped stoep (verandah in front of a home).
The stoep is furnished with a long dining table, an L-shaped seating area, enough to accommodate all guests. The house also embodies fully air-conditioned master bedroom set for adults, coupled with a massive room for children that can double up as their playroom.
Besides all the aforementioned facilities, the Highrocks is close to the beach,and also offers plenty of reasons to dog lovers to rejoice.
Distance from Durban: 30.2 miles
Travel Time from Durban: 38 minutes
1. Lake Eland Game Reserve, Thorndale
Get ready for an adventurous camping experience at the Lake Eland Game Reserve near Shepstone, 128 km from Durban. It offers a choice of accommodation ranging from camping and self-catering cabins to the unique pipe dream. The Pipe Dream unit has a paved outdoor, adjoining the house and shared campsite’s ablution facilities.
Lake Eland Game Reserves activities include a children’s playground, game drives, house rides, walking and cycling trials and paintballs to name a few. Coupled with a thrilling walk across an 80m suspension bridge, they also boast of the longest zip line (4.5 km) in Africa soaring across the Oribi Gorge.
Each campsite is private with duly attached bathroom and showers, giving you complete privacy, and ensuring an experience of magnanimous proportions.
Distance from Durban: 79.5 miles
Travel Time from Durban: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Places to stay: Oribi gorge guestfarm, Villa 286, Stephward Estate, Mistycreek Bushlodge
These are some of the most famous areas around Durban for you to enjoy your weekends. No matter who you are with your friends, family or your loved one, you are sure to have a fantastic experience and lots of memories to cherish.