KwaZulu-Natal honeymoons go way beyond the all-year-round sun, sea and sand category. The Drakensberg, the Midlands and the Elephant Coast add scenery, country life and game viewing to the province’s extensive offering. But if it is the beaches you want, there are masses of them along this strip of Indian Ocean.

Did you know?

The Midlands Meander, which now incorporates dozens of craft outlets and accommodation establishments, was established in 1985 by 4 local artists in Caversham.

Honeymoons of just about any kind are possible in KwaZulu-Natal. The province is blessed with year-round beaches, an awe-inspiring mountain range, wetlands, game parks and plenty of cultural offerings.

The province’s largest city and Africa’s busiest port, Durban, is synonymous with beach holidays, and has attracted South Africans to its Golden Mile – a strip of hotels along South Beach – for decades. With 12 sunny months of the year, the city is just as popular for holidays in winter as it is in summer.

Honeymoons can also be enjoyed north or south of Durban, on the North Coast and South Coast, where a string of resort towns with wonderful beaches, warm waters, subtropical vegetation and well-established tourism facilities are to be found.

On the South Coast you’ll find the towns of Amanzimtoti, Margate, Ramsgate, Port Edward and Port Shepstone, among others. You will also find some of the country’s premier dive sites such as Aliwal Shoal, and a selection golf courses.

Going north, Umhlanga is famous for its upmarket hotels, the Beverley Hills and the Oyster Box being two with international reputations. The towns of Ballito, Salt Rock, Zimbali and Zinkwazi are also found on this coastline, green with the crops of sugar-growing territory. This beautiful area is known as the 'Dolphin Coast'.

A honeymoon in the Drakensberg mountains is treasured by those who have chosen to begin married life in such extraordinary surroundings. The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site on two counts – it's a natural World Heritage Site for its overwhelming scenery, and a cultural World Heritage for its rich San rock art heritage.

East of the mountains is a tranquil, rural region of hills and valleys known as the Midlands. Small towns – Howick, Nottingham Road, Hilton – are found in this green area, which is sprinkled with romantic resorts for weddings. The Granny Mouse Country House & Spa and the Fordoun Spa Hotel are just two favoured by honeymooners.

Wildlife and nature are the main features of KwaZulu-Natal's Elephant Coast, in the north-east of the province, and even further north than the North Coast. Conservation areas here include the Hhluhluwe Mfolozi and Tembe Elephant parks, the Ndumo Game Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, also a World Heritage Site. Along the Elephant Coast, you'll find a number of luxury lodges offering a range of facilities, as well as Big 5 safaris.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Durban Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)31 322 4164
Email: funinsun@iafrica.com

South Coast Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)39 682 7944
Email: info@tourismsouthcoast.co.za

Dolphin Coast Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)32 946 1997
Email: info@thedolphincoast.co.za

Drakensberg Tourism Association
Tel: +27 (0)36 448 1557
Email: info@drakensberg.org.za

Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association
Tel: + 27 (0)33 345 1348
Email: info@pmbtourism.co.za

How to get here

KwaZulu-Natal can be reached easily by road, air, sea and rail.

Best time to visit

Sitting in the balmy subtropics, KwaZulu-Natal is a year-round destination with mild winters (June to August). Of course, this is not so for the higher-lying Drakensberg, which often experiences winter snow, but is at its most beautiful when its peaks are dusted white. The autumn colours in the Midlands are also worth taking in.

Length of stay

Five days to three weeks – KwaZulu-Natal is a big province.

Where to stay

Stay at coastal apartments, top-class game lodges, world-class hotels in the city of Durban, quaint B&Bs in the Midlands, or choose from a large number of golf and spa estates.

What to eat

Durban is renowned for seafood and superb Indian food. The Midlands Meander route is known for fine country cuisine.

What's happening

Each year the Sardine Run takes place along the South Coast during winter (June/July). The 'Greatest Shoal on Earth' is a spectacular natural event and offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Best buys

Fantastic Zulu arts and crafts – beadwork in particular.