We’re doing a rave today on KwaZulu-Natal. Not just for the sake of raving, but because this spectacular region has so much for visitors to explore. Here are some of the reasons we like it so much:
The coastal iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park World Heritage Site is the ultimate destination for nature lovers. Diverse landcapes combine Big Five game viewing with breathtaking coastal adventures and explorations of the region’s wetlands. A wonderful way to see this area is to spend three or four nights at Makakatana Bay Lodge. Guided boat trips, nature drives, game excursions, beach outings, and more will leave you spellbound.
KZN is also the territory of the mighty Zulu kings and has a rich Zulu tradition. Stay at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge & Guest House or at iSibindi Zulu Lodge to experience the fascination of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields and some of the living Zulu culture.
The mountainous ‘Barrier of Spears’ uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is a majestic region where ancient rock paintings have remained preserved amid incredible beauty. Make Cathedral Peak Hotel your base to explore the area, and include the whole family if you wish. The leisure options are almost boundless at Cathedral Peak and the setting is breathtaking.
Durban is the province’s gateway city, and stands guard over one of the continent’s most active seaports. Durban is well known for its golden beaches and appealing holiday playgrounds. At Umhlanga, right on the prestigious beachfront, you’ll find The Oysterbox Hotel & Spa, a plush modern-day hotel with every amenity and direct beach access.
KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast sees the amazing annual Sardine Run, whilst the North Coast is home to playful dolphins and seasonal whale migrations. Turtles lay their eggs and new hatchlings appear on the shores of Mabibi Bay between November and February every year. Combine turtle viewing with some of the most exclusive barefoot luxury you could wish for at Thonga Beach Lodge in Maputaland.
KwaZulu-Natal is graced with many beautiful Big Five nature reserves where game viewing is abundant and comfort supreme. Stay at either Amakhosi Safari Lodge or Mkuze Falls Game Reserve to ensure an outstanding game experience. Both are set very scenically along the Mkuze River. Suited and tented accommodation is available.
You’d not want to visit KwaZulu-Natal without exploring the lush green spaces of beauty known as the Midlands. You’d do very well to choose the magnificent Hartford House as your base. It’s set on a stud farm and sits right up there with South Africa’s best lodges. Award-winning food, fabulous wines and oodles of romance are there for the taking. The Midlands Meander will lead you to the area’s unique and imaginative arts and crafts.
For anyone coming to South Africa to see as much as possible in a limited timeframe, KwaZulu-Natal could well be the Number 1 destination. Some people have called it a whole world in one province, and they’re right on the mark there.
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