Subtropical and lush, KwaZulu-Natal gives you surf, sea, sand, scenery and truly exceptional, game-rich wilderness areas
Sunny KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on the east coast of South Africa, is rich in spectacular scenery and cultural diversity. Subtropical beaches give way to the rolling green hills of the Midlands, which in turn lead you to the mighty Drakensberg mountain range: within a mere 160km the topography rises from sea level to the 3 000m-high Drakensberg escarpment.
This province has always been the Kingdom of the Zulu and you can see why: outstanding wilderness areas are rich with game. There are few other destinations that can offer such contrasting and diverse wilderness habitats: in KwaZulu-Natal you can explore everything from underwater conservation areas rich with coral reefs, tropical fish, whales and dolphins and then work your way up the estuaries – home to hippos and Nile crocodiles in their thousands – before encountering game-rich tropical savannahs and mountainous reserves populated with the Big Five and a rich cross-section of Africa’s wild animals.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Park all offer outstanding game viewing and safari experiences and deserve pole positions on your bucket list.
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Zulus and relish in the delicous local cuisine, strongly influenced by the large Indian population in the sophisticated coastal city of Durban. Take a fascinating step back in time with a tour of the historical battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, or explore the Midlands Meander – an 80km-long arts-and-crafts route just an hour outside Durban that takes you through the spectacular scenery of the green heart of this province.
Throw in the sand, sea, surf and sophisticated city living of Durban, and you will understand the special spirit of KZN.