A paradise of warm waters, sun-drenched beaches, eco-wonderlands and cosmopolitan people, KwaZulu-Natal (also known as the Zulu Kingdom) is steeped in history, hospitality and adventure.
From Durban’s bustling gateway of ports, fine dining and first-class shopping outlets to the historic battlefields where strategists Shaka and Winston Churchill showed their might – this sunny South African region offers the perfect mix for the adventure seeker and discerning traveller. KwaZulu-Natal is also renowned for its two World Heritage sites, namely the pristine iSimangaliso (previously known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park)
is nestled along the Elephant Coast and boasts an amazing 21 different ecological systems and the breathtaking mountainous region of uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, which showcases a myriad of San Rock Art and is perfect for avid hikers. Rest assured, whether its dolphin spotting, scuba diving, shopping in traditional markets or relaxing in the comfort of luxury accommodation – KwaZulu-Natal has something for all.
- The Golden Mile has a tinge of a once-grand British seaside resort.
- Durban is a sub-tropical city and major holiday resort, in addition to being the gateway to KwaZulu- Natal.
- Discover South Africa’s historical battlefields, and track black and white rhino in KwaZulu-Natal.
- Visit the uShaka Marine World, an aquirium and water theme park.
- Bell-Laden rickshaw drivers who carry tourists along the beachfront in their colourful two-wheel carts shouting and whistling.
- Wildfly - the biggest and best fly-fishing shop in the country.
- Home to popular beaches as well as the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park - both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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- Best time to travelYear round. Summer is hot and humid - perfect beach weather. Winter is warm and dry, and offers the chance to see the epic Sardine Migration off the coast.
- Traveling with ChildrenThe Kwazulu-Natal Coastline has something for the whole family, from dangling in the trees and flying kites to splashing around at uShaka Marine World.
- Flying to KwaZulu-NatalA sophisticated network of domestic and regional flights links the main tourist destinations.
- LanguagesEnglish is widely spoken throughout the country even though South Africa has eleven official languages - Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Northern Sotho and Southern Ndebele.
- CurrencySouth African Rand. Credit cards are also widely accepted.
- WildlifeExperience the "Big Five": elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard in the tropical savannahs of Zululand. Along the coast animal encounters include humpback and smaller numbers of southern right whales.
Combine a beach holiday with a luxury African safari to two Big Five game reserves before ending in vibrant Cape Town - perfect as a family holiday.
This spectacular African safari offers complimentary internal flights if you stay for 3 nights at &Beyond Phinda Mountain or Forest Lodge.
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Sprawled along a sun-drenched beach, offering fantastic views over the shimmering Indian Ocean, is the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel.
The world-famous Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest game reserve and one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries on the planet.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in subtropical northern KwaZulu-Natal, with close proximity to the warm Indian Ocean.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is situated in the southwestern corner of the world-famous Kruger National Park and is world renowned.