Road Trip & Things to do in Durban and Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa (incl. Hluhluwe & Drakensberg)

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(upbeat) – (speaks in foreign language),
and welcome to South Africa. In cooperation with South Africa Tourism, I will show you the
region of KwaZulu-Natal, together with my friend Marco here. – In this episode we will experience some thrilling activities in Durban, we will discover the wild
side of South Africa, and we will embark on a three-day hike through the beautiful
Drakensberg mountains. – Sounds like a fun
trip, so let’s do this. (upbeat music) And we start things off in
the sunny city of Durban. I’m here with my local guide, Thami, who will guide us around for the day. (speaking in foreign language) – Welcome to the city of
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. We’re gonna take a ride on a helicopter (speaking in foreign language) (upbeat music) – South Africa’s warmest city
is located on the east coast and has a population of about 3 and a half million in
the metropolitan area. Durban is famous for being the
busiest port in the country. It is also seen as one of
the major centers of tourism, because of the city’s
warm sub-tropical climate and extensive beaches. (upbeat music) Next on our list was the up-and-coming neighborhood around the Station Drive. – For the things that
you’ll find in Durban, the art, the design that you’ll
find are different people. Local people will just
do the art on the walls, it’s very common. It’s like that, we’ve got a lot of different
coffee areas, arts galleries, you get a lot of different
things in one area. (upbeat music) – All right, we’ve made it
to the Moses Mabhida stadium, which was built for the World
Cup in 2010 and we are here, to do the big rush, the
world’s tallest swing, lets go. (upbeat music) – [guide] In three, two, one, lets go. (screaming) – How was it Steve? – Man it was scary. (laughter) – All right, it’s good to be back, – It’s very good to be back! – We should stay on ground from now on. (upbeat music) – If you are in Durban you also
need to check out the beach, and this is why we are here on a little Segway tour along the coast. Quite a relaxed way to do that actually. (upbeat music) It feels more sexy than it looks like. (upbeat music) After a day of adventure, it is time for another cool experience, so we came to Thami’s home. – Thamsanqa. – Hahaha, this is his real name,
and now we are in Kwamashu, is the township where he grew up and here we’ll have dinner
and walk around a little bit. – [Steve] Before we got to eat, Thami and his sister gave
us some insights on the life of the local Zulu people
and their traditions an experience I can highly recommend. (upbeat music) We have sweet potatoes, spinach
and there is all the meat, steamed bread right here, oh
man, we are in for a feast. (upbeat music) It is night time in Durban and after having a really big dinner, we are now exploring the nightlife. We are gonna go for some
drinks in a place called… – Dropkick Murphys! – Dropkick Murphys. Let’s have some drinks. – [Steve] It’s beer o’clock. – It’s always beer o’clock (upbeat music) – [Steve] On the next
morning we hit the road and drove about three hours north east to the Hluhluwe game reserve. So we just drove into the Hluhluwe and look what we see just
right after we entered, some zebras here, hi guys! – [Steve] Our base inside the
park was the Hilltop Camp, which overlooks the reserve. And from here you can actually
spot some of the animals but to increase our chances, we’ll go on some game drives
and game walks, (mumbles). First game drive, it’s
an afternoon game drive. Marco, are you ready? Marco wants to see some
rhinos, beside this one. – [Steve] The Hluhluwe Imfolozi park is the oldest proclaimed
nature reserve in Africa. It consists of 960 square
kilometers of hilly topography and is known for it’s rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The park is the only state
run park in KwaZulu-Natal, where each of the big five
game animals can be found, in just a short amount of time, also we were able to see
four out of the big five on our first game drive. (upbeat music) We stay in this beautiful
Chalets or huts, I don’t know. Come on in guys. Bedroom number one, bathroom number one, then we have this open space
here where we can hang out, relax. Even kitchen, which
we probably never use. Bedroom number two, bathroom number two but the best part of it, this is why it’s called the Hilltop Camp, where we hang out, enjoy the view. (upbeat music) It is six o’clock in the morning and we are on morning walking safari, because dusk and dawn are the best times to see the animals out here,
so let’s see if we are lucky. – [Steve] A game walk
with an experienced ranger is a great chance to get up close and learn more about the animals. Hluhluwe is the birth place
of rhino preservation, breeding the species back from extinction, as the home of Operation Rhino
in the fifties and sixties, the park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. (upbeat music) – [Steve] After a six
hour drive from Hluhluwe, we arrived at the Drakensberg mountains. Good morning from the
beautiful Cavern Resort, which many use as their base to explore the Drakensberg
mountains for day hikes. We will use it as our starting point for a proper three day trekking adventure to the Amphitheatre and the
second highest waterfalls in the world. Today we only have about 13 kilometers, I’m here with our guide Sipho and what are we about to do today? – Okay we are starting
here in Cavern berg Resorts and then we gonna go up,
all the way to the ridge, and then to the top and
then across the ridge and then all the way
to Witsieshoek Resort, that’s where we’ll leave you guys. It takes about 13 kilometeres
to get there and six hours. – All right, up we go! (upbeat music) – [Steve] We made it
to the first viewpoint, how are you feeling old man? (laughter) – All right I guess. – So we made it from 1500
meters, down there is the Cavern, somewhere there and up here
is the (mumbles) there. (upbeat music) Only another two and a half hours to go and we can already see the Amphitheatre and the Sentinel Peak over there, this is where we are heading tomorrow. What a beautiful rock face that is. (upbeat music) – [Steve] After five hours of hiking, we arrived at the
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, which has a beautiful
view to the Amphitheatre and the Sentinel over there, and this is also our base
for the next two days, so tomorrow we’ll head up there to see the Amphitheatre and the waterfall and now it’s time to relax
and charge up the batteries. (upbeat music) – [Steve] Good morning, it is
day number two in our trek, we are right next to the Sentinel, and today we are having the
most eventful day of our hike. We’re going up about, we
have a 700 meter ascend, that’s about 7 hours, we go
over chain ladders along a ridge and we will see the Amphitheater and at the famous waterfall,
yeah, are you ready? – So ready. – This is our guide, Samson,
he will take us today. (upbeat music) – [Steve] We arrived at the fun part, these are the chain ladders, which lead up to, basically to the top, where you see the Amphitheater. Marco is going to tackle it now, okay Marco, nice to meet you. – Nice to meet you too. (upbeat music) – [Steve] So we made it
over the chain ladders, now it’s only 20 minutes
left to the viewpoint where we can see the Amphitheatre and the world famous waterfalls, which are the second highest actually, I hope these clouds clear a little bit. – [Steve] What the fog. Right all the way up
here, 7 kilometers today, we tackled the chain ladders
to see this, the Tugela Falls, second highest waterfalls
in the world, incredible. Well sometimes you win and
sometimes the others win. Maybe you’ll get more lucky
when you hike up here, but this is just how it is sometimes. We had a good hike so far, we had some incredible views on the way and it was definitely still worth it, coming all the way up here. And we did a little google image search and this is the extra view you have when you are more lucky than us. The good thing about this part of the trek is that you have 4G. (laughter) (upbeat music) – [Steve] It was a bit
foggy and wet at the end, but now we made it and we
have our well deserved beer, to day two. – Cheers. – [Steve] Good morning,
it is day number three. – We are gonna go down back to the valley, to the Mahai Campsite today. It’s about 11 kilometers of
hiking, it’s only downwards, with criss-crossing the river Mahai, and we’ll see some
waterfalls, it should be nice. (upbeat music) – We’re not that lucky today,
it’s still foggy in here but we can see the Mahai Falls, and if you are here on a clear day, you can actually see the falls and in the back you see the
Amphitheate and Sentinel, which would make up for a good photo, not today though, it’s
still very nice here. (upbeat music) (laughter) – Like a pro. (upbeat music) All right, we are almost
there, we came from up there, this over there, the Gudu Falls
and this is where we going, Royal Natal, having a
little pit stop here. And then, we’re there. Finish off our three day hiking trek. (upbeat music) – [Steve] And we are back at
the Cavern Resort in the pool, which is the perfect
way to finish this trip, through the region of KwaZulu Natal. If you like this video, make sure to share it with your friends and subscribe to this channel for new travel videos every Thursday. Also check out Marco’s channel and the travel guide he wrote on the blog. That’s it, I hope to
see you next week, bye! (upbeat music)


100 Comments

Shad Roaman · November 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Hashim amla

Octo Squad · November 21, 2018 at 12:28 am

I'm from Durban and I can say that this video shows a good image of it but it does miss a lot

South African Voice · November 21, 2018 at 3:14 am

Durban has now got a reputation for called โ€œDirtbinโ€ by the amount of litter thrown everywhere especially the city. People have no respect for their city. The municipality like the policing is absolutely useless. Assholes drinking on the playground on the beach thatโ€™s meant for kids and police to nothing. This is my home town but it breaks my heart to see how disgraceful this city has become. Not to mention hijjackings ever damn day.

Colleen Ward · November 21, 2018 at 3:42 am

South Africa is beautiful. …only thing spoiling it is ….the theft n crime is the only thing that will scare u ….so always b careful n aware don't carry valuables n too much baggage. ..b safe always

Colleen Ward · November 21, 2018 at 3:44 am

OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

HB 5 · November 21, 2018 at 4:19 am

I lived in KZN and you went to the best parts of it,just be glad you missed the bad parts,south africa,still the best

Karl Karg · November 21, 2018 at 5:03 am

The ANC government along with their equally racist black privileged EFF continue to advocate violence against the white minority….SA has seen a huge loss in tourism long may it continue ๐Ÿ˜

Niyitegeka Marcel · November 21, 2018 at 5:54 am

Ngiyakumbula durban lol!!!

Alucard Hellsing · November 21, 2018 at 8:54 am

Most violent, racist, highest unemployment. Most corrupt uneducated politicians. Need I say more. Oh yes I am South African. There are cleaner better beaches than Durban in South Africa.

Melissa R · November 21, 2018 at 10:25 am

My city๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Luhard Christiaan Potgieter · November 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Hometown! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Sumi Ally · November 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

hi i live in durban so

Savage guy · November 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Most Beautiful country in the world

bryan hurd · November 22, 2018 at 5:02 am

Foreigners promoting durban,๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

bryan hurd · November 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

Is it safe

Christiaan · November 22, 2018 at 6:22 am

Just be careful when you come friends. Donโ€™t parade your belongings, and use common sense. South Africa is safe 99% of the time, but that 1% is rough.

Ccpo Ayanda · November 22, 2018 at 8:05 am

yhooooo guys u even went to kwamashu yhooo becareful

jayshree sheik · November 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm

My home town๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠDurban is the best place to be in… Born and brought up in kzn๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Šthe beach is the best place ๐Ÿ–๏ธmy hubby and my kids we love to go fishing… Yes crime is the only problem in our country.. Which is very sad.. But plz don't let that stop you from coming into our country for a visit.. Plz do visit us.. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

KOJO MERIT · November 22, 2018 at 11:37 pm

Who gonna take me to South Africa for free please .. fully sponsored tour ๐Ÿ™

Tiwana Johnson · November 23, 2018 at 3:16 am

MY DREAM DESTINATION DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ž

Colleen Ward · November 23, 2018 at 3:31 am

if it's Nigerians n Mozambican ….get rid of them …send them back to their country than putting them in prison n our tax payers feed them ……but I think our locals add to it as well

Ruan Saayman · November 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

Proudly South African! Best county in the world and the most beautiful county in the world!

Derek Swarts · November 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

I lives in south Africa

Farouk Sulaman · November 24, 2018 at 5:20 am

I miss my home city and the berg

Dark Crescent · November 24, 2018 at 6:06 am

I LIVE HERE AND ITS INCREDIBLE EVERY DAY. โค

Ven One · November 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Dont waste your time in supporting south africa. That country needs to be sanctioned heavily. The blacks there are behaving worse than the the times of apartheid. Stop all aid to south africa ASAP.

Muhammad Mohib · November 25, 2018 at 7:53 am

Beautiful south Africa's beautiful city with beautiful beaches. Love south Africa ๐Ÿ˜™

Halima Fareed · November 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

I live in durban and it is a great place

Philani Thobelani Mbatha · November 26, 2018 at 12:31 am

I am proudly born & purely bred in KwaZulu-Natalโ™กโ™กโ™ก. So extremely proud of this placeโ™กโ™กโ™ก

Siphelele Shazi · November 26, 2018 at 12:49 am

Home I miss dbn

Sbongiseni Mafuleka · November 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

Great Video

Paige Huxham · November 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Miss my home ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’”x

The life changer channel · November 28, 2018 at 4:22 am

Durban feels like home. I lived in Durban for 2 years before moving to America.

Vip unisex hair Salon · December 2, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Aws im leaving hre!

SiyaM Ma · December 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

This is why I always tell people, you'd have to bring something very important for me to leave KwaZulu Natal

Bruce Laister · December 6, 2018 at 6:11 pm

Durban is not the busiest port in S.A.

Bauz Blak · December 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Thamsanqa Ndlovu NOT Thamsanga Nolovu

Team Toyota · December 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm

I'm coming down to Durban this Christmas. I'm gonna be looking for some nice land near the beach.

saeed baloch · December 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

I am from Pakistan, I love Durban.

T.PEARL HLONGWA · December 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm

what a different way to show of KZN.. how did you guys manage to edit everything into 13 minutes lol wow.. Goodwork!!

Emma-Caitlin van Eijk · December 17, 2018 at 9:48 pm

Been in France for 2 months and Iโ€™ve never missed my home more than I do being away, truly beautiful place๐Ÿฅบโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ #durbsbru

Ahmad Shukri · December 18, 2018 at 5:31 am

Beautiful…simply stunning

Walter Muller · December 18, 2018 at 6:49 am

stunning scenery!

king quad s · December 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm

I love SA but I'm not doing the swing

Simrin M · December 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm

Durban ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŒธโค

Nic K · January 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm

One of my bucket list

munro pretorius · January 22, 2019 at 10:42 am

Durban is lately a location..township..getto. since 1994. Will never ever see me again…

Jakewolf69 · January 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Someone needs to tell that guide with the rifle that he is carrying it wrong and runs the risk of injuring himself or others.

Zin · January 24, 2019 at 5:01 am

My home. It's so beautiful.

Dawood Williams · February 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm

I still haven't been to Durban, but i'm going soon, real soon.

Vishnu Ramsamy · February 2, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Home sweet home

Zipho Sikelela · February 3, 2019 at 6:21 am

Aphi amaphara ๐Ÿค”?

hayley Sparks · February 3, 2019 at 9:22 am

Moved from the UK to school our kids here

Radia Domingo · February 4, 2019 at 6:53 am

Our beautiful City Durban ๐Ÿ’›

nyawo / foot · February 12, 2019 at 8:52 am

Yeah ! Very nice video guys SA rocks

miss Raw & REAL soulsista · February 13, 2019 at 10:24 pm

As long as you are not killing our animals or our people then this video is good cast of watch those white people they pretend like they're coming to visit and show you but they do evil things off camera

Rehana Mea · February 19, 2019 at 9:57 am

Foreigners promoting, we have a whole department of tourism. What are the doing?

Ant Dogg · February 19, 2019 at 11:46 pm

Durban is better than Johannesburg

Santo Diablo · February 21, 2019 at 2:31 am

please south africa… Venezuela needs your help, venezuelan people are suffering from everything you can imagine about… they need humanitarian aid; and you can donate here: www.venezuelaaidlive.com thank you so much… Do not be acompliance of supporting a dictatorship like your goverment do.

lasmosh blanks · February 27, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Proudly south African I just miss my country

phobo mlaba · February 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm

I'm from PMB I still wanna visit Isimangaliso wetland

Bestill Findrest · March 2, 2019 at 4:42 pm

wie gehts Steve, schon erfrischend ein Deutscher der locker ist , der positive komplimente einfach gibt ohne zu meckern , und etwas humor hat.Naechstes mal nach kaapstadt oder?Positiv uberrascht, danke sehr

iene elvas · March 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm

A like well deserved!! Great Job guys!

Magnuss Kฤrkliล†ลก · March 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Would like to mention, that I just visited Durban – one of the unsafest cities I've ever been to. ( A part from Johannesburg ).

VIJAYSHINH RATHOD · March 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Every thing in south Africa is nice but the law binding is nothing no doubt your self discipline in traffic is excellent but the robbery is often security of own is the issue police patrolling is just a formality

Ndileka November · March 13, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Nice video I loved it. I had to subscribe and I live in Durban.โค

Mpumelelo Manxiwa · March 16, 2019 at 5:20 am

Nice place to be, beautiful weather for the whole year ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‘

Carmen · March 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

Best quality video of Durban I've seen ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss it, it's home. Thank you so much xox

Chad Fourie · March 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm

Durban is not a city that you want to visit in South Africa I live here and I must say it's a dump place it's what it seems hate it in here.

Elisha Murano · March 29, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Whats up with the xenophobic attacks???

Tediuki Suzuki · March 29, 2019 at 7:47 pm

One year is a long time nowadays in South Africa . Don't go there . The murder, rape and Aids capital of the universe. I don't know how old this is but I left because it became too dangerous and I was a gun carrying member of a bike gang . Check out 'loving life' . South Africa is a beautiful country but it may be the last thing you'll ever see . I'm going to forward this to loving life . I'm sure they can give a reality check on it . Why isn't there anyone else anywhere in the video? They must have had armed and hired protection .

zandile Petronella · March 30, 2019 at 12:17 am

How much do the segway tours cost ?

Amauri Costa · April 7, 2019 at 3:01 pm

Eu moro em Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Amรฉrica do Sul.

Gilbert Michaud · April 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

like to go

Ayanda Ngwenya · April 8, 2019 at 8:22 am

Best city in S.A , a place like no other

Rev Dr: Bento Efrem Teenage · April 9, 2019 at 9:51 am

LONG LIVE R.S.A.LONG LIVE SADC.MAY ALMIGHTY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS.R.S.A IS WELL DEVELOPED. CONGRETS!!!!!

Rev Dr: Bento Efrem Teenage · April 9, 2019 at 9:54 am

"DURBAN (KWAZULU NATAL) VERY, VERY, VERY BIUTIFUL. PARADISE ON EARTH.THX 4 UPLOAD".

Lionel Walton · April 10, 2019 at 11:25 am

Ja. And you get mugged by TAXI DRIVER.

UB KM · April 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Beautiful place . I have recently found out that my great grandfather was from KwaZulu Natal and he settled in Malaysia almost 100 yrs ago … He was an Indian decedent and a horseman for the British. I believed there must be some long lost family members living in KwaZulu Natal now… ๐Ÿค”

Paul Fishman · April 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

This propaganda is false! Kwazulu Natal is a disaster for tourists to die May 2019.

Dinesh Maharaj · May 4, 2019 at 4:24 pm

One of the most beautiful city's in the world and my home town.

Alan Hunt · May 8, 2019 at 7:23 am

So I guess the old Lion park is gone long ago…. I used to feed those lions as a boy.

Jaques Brink · May 11, 2019 at 2:08 am

0:45 look at his face didn't know jack shit what the dude said

Zinhle Ngubane · May 11, 2019 at 10:32 pm

The land of milk and honey

Palesa Sane Mbali · May 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Drakensburg Sentinel Peekโคโค

Next to my kasi in the FS๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

PalesaEnhle Julia · May 13, 2019 at 5:50 am

home swtโค

Zamuxolo Deyi · May 13, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Thanking God to be born in this beautiful country

oooppps... · May 19, 2019 at 3:56 pm

Durban ,,,thumbs up

Dario Migliussi · May 24, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Hi, the name off your camera please , very biutiful film .thank you.

Nqobani Msomi · May 27, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Zulu Kingdom, dats where we are from!

contax2010 · May 28, 2019 at 7:59 pm

1985 slept in cave on top of Amphitheatre, took pictures of Haley's Comet and saw the most amazing sunrise in the world… and nobody else around, no guides, and brilliant adventure – Royal Natal National Park Hooray !!!

contax2010 · May 28, 2019 at 8:01 pm

1985 Umfolozi Game Reserve was real old style Game Reserve saved the Rhinos from Extinction, now its larger parks – lets hope Environment can be improved around the parks as well. Brilliant places – go if you can

King Mufasa · June 2, 2019 at 6:44 am

Durban is full of shit and dirt! STAY AWAY!!!

awacon awacon · June 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Finally friendly image of beautiful RSA.

awacon awacon · June 2, 2019 at 2:08 pm

These Boers' comments, disgusting.

2380Shaw · June 11, 2019 at 10:50 pm

Isn't Durban where a lot of people from Dutch ancestry live and speak Afrikaans?

Ahmed ZA · June 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm

I love my country South Africa

Ajeesh Miltan · August 9, 2019 at 10:10 am

Durban is better than Pretoria

James Philemon · August 12, 2019 at 7:37 am

Looks like arusha in Tanzania

Tonsh Benosh · August 24, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Home sweet home ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆbayethe

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