Can you give us some indication of what you might like to do? zip wire through the tree canopy at Kloof, mountain biking in Oribi gorge, hiking in the Drakensberg mountains, township tour and/or homestay, visit the Natal Spa hot springs near fry heirs, canoe in the ISimangaliso wetlands, big game fishing, scuba diving at Cape Vidal, bird watching in the northern KZN game parks, battlefields tour and Talana museum, music by the lake in the Durban botanic gardens, hunt for bargains at the many markets, etc . . .
You are spoilt for choice here and with 10 days to spare you can visit the best that the area has to offer. Some ideas for road trips would be:
The Drakensberg Mountain Range an area of towering cliffs, deep gorges and rolling landscapes. You could drive from the south to the north but it is worth combining a visit to the Drakensberg with a scenic drive through the Midlands Meander - a stretch of lush countryside en route from Durban. From the south, around Himeville, Bergville,you could do the Sani Pass day tour into Lesoto. Three days or more would be cover it, maybe more if into hiking, fishing etc.
Battlefields tour, if you are interested in the history of the Anglo Zulu wars and Boer wars. The areas around Dundee & further, Blood River, Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, Spionkop, Ladysmith etc. Two -2 1/2 days for a nice overview including visits to the associated museums, en route.
Safari - self drive to do game viewing at Hluhluwe Umfolozi. Self drive trips through the park are possible, it is huge and well worth a visit. One of our favourites. It is possible to stay within the park at Mpila camp a self catered tented camp in Umfolozi or Hluhluwe Hilltop camp in chalets, catered is an option here as there is a restaurant with great views. Other nearby reserves that you could visit for the day or stay over are Mkuze game Reserve, further north but not far. the other side of the N2 further west there is Ithala Game Reserve, cannot comment on that as we have not visited.
St Lucia and the wetlands of Isimangaliso on the coast. Possible day trips around the area, Lake St Lucia boat trip, drive to Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay (scuba diving) & up the coast. Accommodation is available en route or you can base yourself in St Lucia, a nice little beachside town and do day trips form there. Beach activities obviously here. We based ourselves in Hluhluwe and did day trips to these places, as you are going in summer St Lucia would be a good option, being the closest to the Indian ocean.
Northern Kwa Zulu Natal near the Mozambique border is interesting for its coastal nature reserves Kosi Bay, the estuary and the lakes. Kosi Bay has accommodation in private lodges or the SAN camp on the lake, however, the latter needs a 4 x4 vehicle to access the camp because of the sandy tracks. I believe scuba diving is possible in the estuary. To the west, a few hours away is Tembe elephant Reserve. A tented catered reserve home to the Africa's biggest tuskers. Day trips are possible and we did this the first year. We wanted to return to do a stay and we did last September for 4 days in one of their large en suite tents, set amongst the trees. Wonderful game experience, saw lions, Isilo the biggest tusker, wild dogs etc. Further on heading west, is the Ndumo Game reserve, best know for its bird life, with the highest bird count in S.A. Self drive through the park is possible, it is not a big park, however, we find our short visit here interesting. If you want to stay here accommodation in the park is available.
From here you could head to Kruger via Swaziland, another option and stay overnight en route depending where in Kruger you are headed.
I have just read your 2nd post, so some suggestions might well be irrelevant to your main interests. However, I consider these areas the main highlights of the region & well worth visiting.
Correction - re Kosi Bay Camp. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife not SAN manage it.
Just to add to Nooee's informative post if you take the St Lucia option further north is Sodwana Bay and is a mecca for scuba divers.Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world the 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species.The whole area has beaches and wildlife, certainly diverse and well worth a visit.
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