With the warm, coral-fringed Indian Ocean lapping at its eastern border and the mighty Drakensberg Mountain guarding its western flank, Kwazulu-Natal has it all. Experience a captivating array of scenic splendour, well managed game reserves, historic battlefields, art and craft hotspots, magnificent beaches and the legacy of Shaka Zulu
Durban is the capital and South Africa’s major port. This is where East meets West, and together they meet Africa. Outdoors is where you have to be! This is the city, where the sun shines all year round, where the warm Indian Ocean calls, and the fun never sets.
The Drakensberg is aptly referred to as UKuthlamba, meaning ‘Barrier of Spears. Green and lush in summer, brown and snow-capped in winter, the range presents a dramatic face in any season. It is a World Heritage site and it offers a myriad of activities for those who want to escape the rush of city life.
The Battlefield area in northern KwaZulu-Natal was the site of many of South Africa’s most significant battles of the last 200 years. The Battlefield Route is now a major drawcard, offering the visitor an insight into the region’s past. Northern KwaZulu-Natal is also home to Zululand and several game sanctuaries. Here you can enjoy good Big Five game viewing, and experience the local culture.
Further north, the coast of Maputaland is pristine and lush with high-forested dunes, seasonally inundated wetlands and beautiful coastal lakes. Maputaland is home to The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, declared a World Heritage Site in 1999.
For superb coastal resources, visit Maputuland, with its Greater St Lucia (iSimangaliso) Wetland Park, the country’s third-largest wildlife sanctuary and a magnificent World Heritage Site.. This internationally-renowned park boasts a spectacular coastline, the second-highest vegetated sea-dunes on earth, and pods of hippo, crocodile and elephant.
You cannot think of visiting KwaZulu-Natal without taking in the majesty and splendour of the Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg is an area of spectacular scenery, with peaks that rise over 3000m. Its name literally means ‘Dragon Mountains’ after its saw-toothed peaks and the local Zulu people call them ‘uKhahlamba’, the ‘barrier of spears’.
Durban is affectionately known by the locals as “Durbs by the Sea”. Durban has no doubt been the holiday destination of choice for many South Africans. If you have been fortunate enough to visit Durban before, it’s easy to understand why; the year round warm climate, the golden beaches and waves boasting world class surfing events as well as the regular beach festivals that take place throughout the year.