5 Top Tips to Explore Sunny Karridene
The Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast probably has the best springtime climate in the country. And aside from the long white sand beaches where you can spend many a lazy weekend, there are loads of other activities to get to if you’re done baking in the sun.
1. Go Deep or go to Town
Just 10km from Karridene is Umkomaas, where you can find dive centers that train and facilitate diving trips to the well-known Aliwal Shoal. Charters are available for all levels of divers, and reviews of the diving conditions are outstanding. If you’re a non-diver, having to bide your time while other family members go deep, there’s Amanzimtoti. It has water parks, the Galleria shopping centre (which includes an ice rink), golf courses and a trampoline park to work off some extra energy.
2. Take a Day Trip to Durbs
Although Karridene is a great place to unwind from the hustle and bustle, it’s important to note that Durban is still a short drive away. So lazy lunches at one of the many beach front restaurants overlooking the Durban Piers, or a cocktail or two at Joe Cools (a Durban institution), is always an option. And for the kids, a visit to Durban cannot come without a trip to Ushaka Marine World for a day of family fun.
3. Keep Calm and go Golfing
Further north is Zinkwazi Beach which offers the longest lagoon in Kwa-Zulu Natal – perfect for a calmer beach day, if the waves are too high. On this same coast are the highly ranked golf resorts Zimbali and Prince’s Grant. For the family, the Ndlondlo Reptile Park is situated just outside of Ballito and has over 20 species of reptiles for you to meet and learn about.
4. Experience a Cultural Adventure
Moving inland, the Valley of 1 000 Hills is a beautifully scenic area – with plenty to do, especially for the kids. There’s a fun animal park, equipped with a trampoline, at Hillbilly’s Restaurant and Lifestyle Centre. From there head to PheZulu Safari Park: a Reptile Park and Cultural Village. You can also experience South Africa’s wild in the beautiful private game reserve. And for the culinary adventurous, try an exotic crocodile dish in the restaurant.
5. Explore the Great Outdoors
Further into the Midlands area, and a great day trip from Karridene lies Howick. It’s known for its stunning waterfall and the annual Highlander Mountain Bike Race in September. Another 40km along the N3 highway is Nottingham Road, a quaint area with loads of activities to keep you occupied. From fly fishing to horse riding, the area is great for outdoor enthusiasts – and there are loads of options to try out local cuisine and the craft beer.
Kwa-Zulu Natal may have some of the best beaches in South Africa, but don’t forget to explore next time you’re there.