Water sport activities to try out in KwaZulu-Natal include surfing, bodyboarding, scuba-diving, jetskiing, sea kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing (sea, dam and river), waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing and rafting. From the beaches of Durban to the rivers of the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal is a great place to get wet.

Did you know?

Sodwana Bay is said to boast more than 80% of the world’s marine fish groups.

The sun rises early in KwaZulu-Natal (before 5.30am in summer) and as a result the beaches buzz with activity long before the working day begins. The province’s main city of Durban is particularly energetic and is well equipped to cater for visiting water sport enthusiasts.

Surfboards, paddleboards and sea kayaks can all be hired along the beach near uShaka Marine World if you want to get some morning exercise before breakfast.

The ocean temperature off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal is generally around 27 degrees Celsius in summer and 23 degrees Celsius during winter, meaning that the water here is always warmer than the air in many other parts of the world.

KwaZulu-Natal attracts scuba-divers from around the world, with world-class dive sites such as Sodwana Bay. If you fancy diving with tiger sharks, Aliwal Shoal is regarded as the best site for this.

Further inland, dams such as Inanda, Albert Falls and Midmar are great for camping, as well as activities such as bass fishing, boating, waterskiing and jetskiing.

Canoeists should be looking to try out rivers such as the Umkomaas, Umzimkulu and Umgeni. Races to consider include the Dusi (starts in Pietermaritzburg) and the Drak Challenge (based in Underberg).

White water rafting is popular in the northern Drakensberg region.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

KwaZulu-Natal Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)31 366 7500
Email: info@zulu.org.za

Best time to visit

Inland water levels in KwaZulu-Natal are at their highest during the summer months (November to April), but as the ocean stays warm throughout the year and there is little or no rain in winter, there’s never a bad time to be outdoors in KwaZulu-Natal.

What will it cost

You can hire a surfboard from R100.

What to pack

A wetsuit will likely be superfluous in Durban, so rather go with a utility costume.

Where to stay

There is a range of hotels along Durban’s beachfront, from three-star to five-star grading.