15 Places to visit in KwaZulu-Natal with kids

15 Places to visit in KwaZulu-Natal with kids

It’s time to travel and the best way to see South Africa is by getting in your car and road tripping! KwaZulu-Natal is a popular province to visit during the school holidays and festive season.

I know, travelling with kids can be exhausting but it’s also fun! You can check my must-have items for the car when travelling with the kids here.

One of the many reasons why I love my Volvo XC60 is because travelling long distance is such a luxury experience thanks to all the amazing features the car has. The air suspension on the Volvo XC60 helps give a smooth ride over bumps – I think this is one of the features the kids really enjoy. We haven’t had any screams or complaints since we have the Volvo.


Pilot assist is still one of my favourite features in this car. At first, it feels a bit weird because the car is literally helping you with steering assistance and to maintain the distance to the vehicle in front of you (great when you are travelling with lots of family in different cars) but afterwards you realise what a blessing it is to have this feature. Pilot Assist also attempts to keep your car in the middle of the lane and if you go off, the car will push you back in the middle.

There’s a choice between Eco, Comfort, Off-road and Dynamic driving modes on the Volvo XC60. So why not try visiting somewhere new?

15 Places to visit in KwaZulu-Natal with kids

On your way to Durban, stop at…

1. Drakensberg

Accommodation suggestion: Champagne Sports Resort

Photo credit: Champagne Sports Resort

There’s so much happening in the Drakensberg. From mountain bike trails to zip line and river rafting. Let’s not forget about the gorgeous views. It’s the perfect place to get away from the busy city and spend some quality time with nature.

OR visit

2. Midmar Dam in Howick for a picnic

Midmar Dam is a beautiful spot to relax and have a picnic with the family. There’s braai sites, hiking and biking routes, and a dam for canoeing, sailing, kite surfing etc.

Spoil the family with a stay at…

3. Brahman Hills, The Midlands

Brahman Hills is just amazing. I love everything about this place for a mini getaway. If your kids love animals, then they will have so much fun here since many of the animals are literally at your doorstep.


While you in the Midlands, Indulge in chocolate at the…

4. Piggly Wiggly Country Village

My kids loved visiting this place just because there’s just so much to do from candle dipping to chocolate dipping.


Love snakes? Visit Bothas Hill…

5. Phezulu Crocodile and Snake Park

You will learn interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes, as well as meet Ramesis, the 90-year-old Nile crocodile and have a hands-on experience with Cleo, the Burmese python who weighs in at 42 kilograms.

If you are heading to Ballito, visit…

You will never get lost in the Volvo, thanks to their Sensus Navigation System.

6. Sugar Rush Park

There’s so much to do here. From a Petting Zoo to a snake park. The kids will never get bored. There’s also the miniature train!


7. Flag Animal Farm

Flag Animal Farm has rated the best animal farm in KwaZulu-Natal.

Photo credit: Flag animal farm

Some exciting new things at the farm:

  • Barney, Dora, Marshall, Chase, Elsa, Sofia, Mickey, Minnie Mouse shows
  • Pirate ship
  • Indoor Play centres
  • Reptile room
  • Wolves
  • Tractor rides, train rides, horse rides
  • Loads of Playgrounds
  • Obstacle Course

If you are in the Kloof area, check out…

8. Makaranga

Photo credit: Makaranga

Makaranga has thirty acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall. The authentic Japanese Garden boasts original bridges, walkways, stone lanterns and hand carved figures, all imported from Japan and set out according to ancient traditions.

If you are in central Durban, visit

10. Port Natal Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Port Natal Maritime Museum

Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life while also reflecting on the rigours and romance of lives lived at sea. Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience, with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels.

Near Umhlanga?

11. Wet Rock adventures

If you want to avoid the chaos at uShaka, the Wet Rock Adventures might be a good idea. It’s an indoor heated water park.

While you in Umhlanga, you must visit the beach and the…

12. Umhlanga Lighthouse

Perhaps you could stop at The Oysterbox for a nibble before heading to your next destination.

Photo credit: The Oyster Box

If your kids love trains, then try the

13. The Holiday Express

The Holiday Express has one-day train outings to the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market and other interesting destinations, such as the North Coast offering trips to the ever-popular Sugar Rush Park, Salt Rock Beach, Ballito Cable Ski Park, Litchi Orchard and Flag Farm – Five destinations, one train trip – your choice!

If you are planning to visit down south, maybe try camping?

14. Scottburgh Campsite

Sea, sun, fun and entertainment sounds like a holiday! It’s also something different.

Going to Port Edward? Stop at…

15. Mac Banana

I must warn you that this place is a bit overpriced, but I guess they can be because they are so popular. What I really enjoyed here was the activities available for the kids. You can do paintball, visit the farmyard, butterfly sanctuary or do the zip-line cable plus there’s so much more.

So where are you off to? 😊

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15 Places to visit in KwaZulu-Natal with kids

Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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