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The Zulu Kingdom

Known as the ‘garden province’ of South Africa Kwa Zulu Natal is a diverse land of untamed wilderness, broad beaches, coral reefs, coastal forests, wetlands, lush subtropical vegetation and soaring mountains. From the magnificent warm waters of the Indian Ocean the countryside rises through lush wildlife filled forests and wetlands to the foothills and finally to the massive heights of the Great Escarpment, known as the Drakensberg.

The Kwa Zulu Natal area is the home of the Zulu Kingdom and offers a kaleidoscope of natural wonders, ultra-modern facilities, fascinating glimpses of a multi-cultured people, a history rich in heroic deeds, bloody battles and ultimately, reconciliation – all set against a majestic backdrop of sun, sea, mountains and sky.

Durban is the largest city in the area and is the arrival point for most visitors. The city is among the southern hemispheres best known holiday playgrounds and is popular for its superb beaches, excellent surfing and lively entertainment.

Nature lovers will be delighted to find out that Kwa Zulu Natal has two World Heritage sites – the Drakensberg Mountain National Park and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park on the KZN North Coast. The KZN Safari areas of Phinda and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park offer big game safaris in unbeatably beautiful sub-tropical surroundings filled with birds and a vast number of different biomes which allow for diverse safaris.

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The KZN North Coast and the Kwa Zulu Safari areas allow visitors to combine both ocean and land safaris. They are located right next to each other and in many cases overlap, providing some very exciting safari and holiday options. You can strap a scuba tank to your back and explore colourful coral reefs teeming with marine life like turtles, whale sharks and ragged tooth sharks, or go on boat cruises through the St Lucia Wetlands inhabited by hippo, crocodile and numerous bird species before heading slightly further inland for a luxury Big Five safari – either in a 4×4 or even on foot for those who want to experience the thrill of walking among wild animals.

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is an extensive wildlife and floral sanctuary and noted for its incredible scenic magnificence. From the jagged peaks of Giant’s Castle to the breathtaking expanse of the Amphitheatre this area is filled with wonderful hikes, rivers, the cry of eagles and crisp icy mountain air. It’s a nature lovers paradise where horseback riding, fishing and just ‘getting away from it all’ are first on the agenda.

A visit to the historic and beautiful Battlefields is a must for any history lover and will allow you to walk in the footsteps of famous military strategists and discover some of the forces that shaped South Africa into the land it is today. The legacy of the Zulu people has been memorialized, as have the brave deeds of those Boers and Britons who fought for their countries in this area.

Different types of tours and safaris cater for a wide range of varied experiences in the Kwa Zulu Natal region and the lodges and guesthouses cater for all tastes and budgets. The entire region is suited for those who love the outdoors – from the waterfalls and rivers of the mighty Drakensberg to the coastal wetlands of St Lucia and the endless surfing beaches on Durban’s South Coast this area is a water lover’s dream come true. If you need any help or advice about any of the regions within Kwa Zulu Natal, or if you would like to book a trip then don’t hesitate to contact one of our Travel Experts.

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Fast Facts

KwaZulu Natal is the traditional seat of power for the Zulu tribe. The North Coast has the most southerly coral reefs in the world and is a paradise for scuba divers. The magical Drakensberg Mtns hide over 4000 ancient Bushman paintings.

Insider Information
  • The beaches north of Durban such as Balito and uMdloti are amongst the best in the country.
  • A drive along the so-called Midlands Meander is great for finding excellent arts and crafts.
  • A half or full day hiking in the dramatic Drakensberg region is a must for any active traveller. A wide variety of walking trails are on offer here.

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When To Travel
  • Kwa Zulu Natal’s subtropical climate is kind to visitors and holidaymakers throughout the year. Rainfall is generous, especially during summer. Durban enjoys an average maximum temperature of 27 degrees celsius during summer and 22 degrees celsius in Winter.
  • June to August is arguably the best time to visit and the warm Indian Ocean offers pleasant bathing year round.

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