Durban is designed for adventure, with miles of sandy beaches along its rugged coastline and mountains just a few hours’ drive away. To the south is the aptly named Sapphire Coast, with quiet stretches of beach and holiday towns. To the west is the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with nature reserves and cultural experiences, and further on is uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, with the highest mountains in Africa on this side of Mount Kilimanjaro. And north, along the Elephant Coast, are game reserves populated by the Big Five (rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion, African elephant, and African leopard). Where to start? Here are six suggestions.

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