We have handpicked some of the best places to eat, to stay, wonderful unspoiled wild areas, inviting beaches, interesting and fun things to do and you are invited into the studios of crafters and artists to see how they create beautiful things. The Saunter lays out a rich tapestry of talent which would otherwise be difficult to access. You have many choices in each area which allows you to create your own personal itinerary. Some studios let you to explore your creativity in fun classes.
This beautiful area includes golden beaches, palms and lush subtropical vegetation, stunning gorges and magnificent mountains, Midland mellowness, African plain landscapes filled with wildlife and two World Heritage sites: uKhahlamba Drakensberg and the iSimangaliso Wetland. The area is steeped in history from San Bushmen to modern. Both colonial and traditional heritage sit side by side. There are country havens to unwind in and also, town options for those who like city buzz.
It encompasses much of what South Africa is. It is probably the best area to experience the cultural layers that make this country interesting. The driving distances are pretty good. You get to see a great deal without too great a time on the road. The travelling time from Durban to Clarens is just 4.5 hours, without stopping. Driving to the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields from Durban is 3.5 hours. Driving from Durban to Sodwana Bay is 4 hours. From Durban to the Nothern Drakensberg takes just 3.5 hours. Durban’s airport, U Shaka is 30 minutes North of Durban. Of course, it is the stops that make the journey special.
Staying overnight gives you the best way to imbibe the local vibes. This part of South Africa is famously laid back. So relax, unwind and experience some of the best South Africa has.
Get the family, your friends or partner, choose an area, decide on your itinerary and spend a brilliant day or more on The Saunter.
Please check the website. It varies artist to artist as these are private studios and not shops. There are other options in each area in case a particular studio is closed. Planning will be important.
The Saunter is different: For most of the studios, unless stated otherwise, call ahead to make an appointment, in case they are not in.
Please check the website to see what methods are used to avoid disappointment.
The location of some toilet facilities means that some studios do not have a toilet for the public to use. The website and the maps will indicate if a toilet is available.
Wheelchair access is shown with the wheelchair symbol.