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Spice up your road trip

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Let’s take a look at how to spice up your road trip down to Durban along the N3 Highway. We are sure this will come in handy these school holidays.

Pit Stops

Engen Vaal Stop 1

One of the biggest first stops on the N3 to Durban from Joburg is the Vaal 1 Stop East-West. Here you can stretch your legs, grab something to eat and fill the old jalopy up before you take on the big road.

Puma Service Station

Thandu Tau is a great place for a stop-over to turn your trip to the coast into a journey of discovery (read all about it below).

Tugela One Stop

Just before you get to Ladysmith you will see the Tugela One Stop. We suggest you take a break here, grab an energy drink, a loo break and chill a bit to keep you alert for the rest of the drive.


Morija Guest House

The large dining room and lounge of the main house can welcome up to 24 people and acts as a great detour off the N3. Visitors can choose from an extensive menu, a welcoming atmosphere, and their commitment to eco-tourism and integration in the community.

Image: Chocolate Heaven

Chocolate Heaven

One would think that the best chocolate in South Africa would be at some shop in Sandton. But it is actually in an old antique shop in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. So head on over here to get your cocoa fix of artisanal chocolates. Chocolate Heaven uses traditional methods and the best ingredients in their pure couverture Belgian chocolate, free of all the artificial nasties.

Intaba View

Located in the serene Valley of 1000 Hills, Intaba View overlooks the Phezulu Nature Reserve. Their views are reason alone to detour there, but they also serve delicious food. They are open all week for breakfast and lunch. They also offer al fresco dining on their patio but we’d rather stay indoors by the warm fireplace in winter.

Points Of Interest

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

One of the most popular nature reserves in the country, the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is home to over 200 bird species and boasts creatures all the way from the aardvark to the zebra. The reserves also have a holiday resort which has a massive pool, two water slides and an indoor heated pool. There are a couple of dedicated hiking, mountain biking and running trails as well.


Two turns off the N3 you will find a little Zulu town called Intabazwe in Harrismith. Here you can rest your bones and catch up on all the Zulu history you’ve missed. There are a handful of B&Bs to stay at, friendly people to meet and tonnes of places to chill at… Just leave thoughts of city life behind though – this is a one-horse-town type of vibe. Besides, you have the rest of the year to get your metropolitan kicks in.

We want to give a shout out and say a special thank you to the awesome team at Joburg for this great article, I am sure our visitor are going to love it!

By Shawn Greyling

Dumela Holiday Resort is situated in Margate the heart of the South Coast. We pride ourselves on being the best family resort with various facilities on site which include a family swimming pool, thatched pub and exquisite braai areas just to name a few.

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