Great Drives Out

Love adventure? The kind that few traditional tourists experience. That has an irresistible pull into the unknown, and untainted. Where you meet real people with generous smiles, eager to share their homes and culture with you.

On the KZN South Coast, you’ll find diverse opportunities to experience a different culture first-hand or explore rural life in spectacular natural surroundings. Here you get an insight into a rich heritage, learn local customs, support artists who handcraft beautiful items to wear or display, and sample indigenous food and drink as your guide unlocks the full story for you…

The Great Drives Out authentic rural experiences include KwaNzimakwe, Nyandezulu, KwaXolo Caves, the Wild2SouthCoast Walk, the road less travelled between Oribi Gorge and Hluku, Harding as well as the scenic road routes from Bushy Vale to Izingolweni to Shelly Beach; as well as from Umzumbe to Kwadweshula to Batstones.

Whenever you take a drive out to Oribi Gorge, why not on your return, instead of going the same way, try the back route for a completely different experience, but equally spectacular? Ask the local establishments how to access this route from where you find yourself, making sure that it is safe at the time as rains may affect the road. Also watch out for local wildlife and be ready for a tarred wilderness drive right up against cliffs with lush vegetation all round, a place where you will feel right at home in the midst of the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.

The Great Drives Out initiative encourages responsible and authentic culture and heritage explorations and discoveries in scenic environments, fostering links between people of diverse cultures as well as travel links between the popular KZN South Coast coastline and the beautiful hinterland, only a few minutes away.

Umzumbe

Umzumbe, which is near Port Shepstone, gives its name to one of the 4 local municipalities of the KZN South Coast, as well as its Blue Flag beach. Said to have been started by a band of cannibals and renegades…

Nyandezulu

Nyandezulu is a rural village only 9km inland from Shelly Beach, where you can see breathtaking scenery high above the sea, while enjoying the hospitality of the local community and discovering local arts and crafts. Stay in a guesthouse in…

KwaXolo

A range of caves at the site of KwaXolo showcases San paintings that are more than 100 000 years old, telling the story of a thriving community years before the San inhabited the desert. The KwaXolo area can be accessed…

KwaNzimakwe

The KwaNzimakwe “place of the Nzimakwe” rural village is easily accessible off the R69 Road between Mpenjati Nature Reserve and Ezinqoleni.  Start exploring at the WowZulu Welcome Centre, where local arts and crafts are available and from where walks can…