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KwaZulu Natal Holiday Destinations

KwaZulu Natal is a world in one province: to the North of Durban you will find the best of African game reserves and pristine beaches, to the West lie the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and temperate Midlands while to the South there await superb golf courses, fishing spots and miles of subtropical coastline.

Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu Natal is a melting pot of African, European and Indian cultures. This province boasts two World Heritage Sites, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the majestic Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

KwaZulu Natal offers superb beaches, sunny weather, game reserves, rolling green hills, numerous sugar cane plantations and relics of the great battles in South African history. There are 8 distinct regions and numerous ‘must-see’ attractions in KwaZulu Natal.

KwaZulu Natal Beaches

KwaZulu Natal Beaches

Beaches

From Durban to Amanzimtoti, Ballito to Umhlanga Rocks, to the rugged Wild Coast, the highway links popular seaside resorts in rapid succession. The road snakes through subtropical bush, cane fields and hills garlanded with hibiscus blooms. North of Durban, the coastline stretching from the Tugela Mouth to the Umdloti River is aptly known as the Dolphin Coast.

Arguably the gem of the entire Natal North Coast is the Umhlanga Coastline. The Umhlanga Coastline offers a combination of quiet village life with first world amenities and a cosmopolitan buzz. It also offers a diversity of activities in exotic and magnificent landscapes.

The Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg Mountains

An awe-inspiring and truly magnificent range of mountains, the majority of which lie in the KwaZulu Natal Province and stretch well over 200 kilometres forming a natural border between Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal, are known simply as ‘the dragon mountain’ or Drakensberg.

The description is apt considering that the average height of this series of mountains is 2 900 metres, with some of the highest mountain peaks in Southern Africa rising as high as 3 482 metres. The Drakensberg is not only about its famous mountain peaks – Giants Castle, Cathedral Peak, Mont-Aux-Sources – it is also graced with a number of lower peaks known as the foothills of the Drakensberg. The entire Drakensberg is riddled with incredible waterfalls, rock pools, mountain streams, caves, crisp mountain air, and special spaces that draw both visitors to South Africa and locals alike.

Battlefields

Battlefields

Gandhi, Churchill, Shaka and General Botha
Battlefields

Not only the place of some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country, the sweeping hills and knotty rock formations that pepper the rolling plains and valleys of northern and central KwaZulu Natal are also the site of a concentration of historical battles that took place over numerous years and shaped the history of both South African and British history.

Today this beautiful and somewhat fragile region forms the heart of a Battlefields Route that one can do as part of a tour or as a self-drive experience – maps and brochures in tow to trace the battles that involved Mahatma Gandhi, Churchill, Shaka and General Louis Botha – all of whom played strategic roles in these intense clashes that have left the landscape imbued with the echoes of battle.

Game Reserves

Game Reserves

Game Reserves

Some of Africa’s most famous nature and game reserves are in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. KwaZulu Natal is one of the few places where excellent game viewing can be enjoyed in close proximity to the pleasures of scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Habitats from coastal dune forests to open bushveld support a wide diversity of wildlife…

Preferred KwaZulu Natal Accommodation

Thonga Beach Lodge

LOCATION: Maputuland Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views

Oyster Box Hotel

LOCATION: Umhlanga The Oyster Box, like its famous lighthouse, once again acts as a beacon of exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodation

Fugitives Drift Lodge

LOCATION: Isandlwana Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Zulu War and Anglo-Boer War battle sites

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

LOCATION: Drakensberg Mountains Cleopatra Mountain Farm House, in the Drakensberg mountains of KwaZulu Natal, is a luxury gourmet retreat tucked