Stay or go?
Go. It would be remiss not to suggest donning your khakis for a safari further north in KwazuluNatal. Try Thanda Private Game
Reserve ( pictured), 150 sq km of rolling hills, grasslands and mangroves that promise a high frequency of Big Five sightings.
History buffs may favour a stay at one of the lodges around Rorke’s
Drift and Isandlwana, the settings for two of the Anglo-zulu War’s most famous battles. Fugitives’ Drift Lodge (fugitivesdrift.com) has a team of lecturers who lead groups on vivid tours of the battlefields.
The final must-see, around a 90-minute drive from Durban, is the Nelson Mandela Capture
Site, where Mandela was arrested in 1962. While a new museum remains indefinitely unfinished, it’s worth the trip simply to admire the site’s landmark sculpture – a silhouette of Mandela’s head. Stop at nearby Howick Falls on the way back, either for a photo op or to hit one of the walking trails.