Rebekah Kendal, 4:11 pm
While the rest of South Africa shivers through winter, KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast enjoys balmy temperatures. From the Tongaat River to the Tugela River mouth, this is the perfect destination for relaxing with a fishing pole, or for more adrenalin-pumping outdoors activities. A 15-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport, fast-growing Ballito is an ideal base to explore the Dolphin Coast. A surf camp close to Shaka’s Rock Beach offers accommodation for surfers and surfing safaris to the best spots along the coast.
Rebekah Kendal, 7:17 am
The French are proprietory when it comes to the use of the word “champagne.” South African producers using the classic French method decided to call their sparkling wines Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). The Franschhoek Valley is home to the Franschoek Cap Classique Route, with 18 MCC producers from Backsberg Estate Cellar on the Klapmuts-Simondium road to Morena on the Franschhoek Pass. You won’t be able to tackle them all in one day, so make a weekend of it and hire a driver to get you safely from one farm to the next. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.
Rebekah Kendal, 6:00 pm
Most first-time visitors to South Africa head straight to the Kruger National Park for their fix of all things safari, but the oft-overlooked province of KwaZulu-Natal offers up spectacular vistas and abundant wildlife. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite luxury game lodges in KwaZulu-Natal.