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Kwa-Zulu Natal

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Kwa-Zulu Natal is a prime summer hot spot destination. With its rolling hills and mountains of the Drakensburg, chilled out road trips through the Midlands, game reserves, pristine beaches stretching along a long South Coast, and sub-tropical climate, this province caters for everyone’s preferred tourist tastes. Party it up at the many clubs, have a taste of true Indian cuisine, discover great markets and malls, take a swim in the lagoons and warm oceans, or surf the waves. Discover the majesty of the Drakensburg mountain range and the wildlife that plays there.

It’s a melting pot not only of various terrains, but also of cultures as well. Kwa-Zulu Natal is a paradise unto itself.

Durban

Durban at Night The epicentre is the province’s capital of Durban, a city and port where the flavours of diverse culture seep through to your senses. From African, to European to Aisan, Durban has so much to offer. The beaches are popular spots to visit if you are a keen sun and surf lover. Find yourself sampling tasty, spicy cuisine that you can find in the many restaurants around the city. Have sundowners at lounges and bars while overlooking the Indian Ocean, and then put on your best dress and party all night at the exciting clubs. There is a huge array of attractions in and around the city, and making a trip to the different regions is hassle free and adventurous.

Pietermaritzburg

Numerous Victorian and Edwardian buildings line the streets of this small town that is charming. Nestled among mountains and green valleys, it’s the perfect country getaway. Use it as a gateway to the Midlands Meander, where you can stop at the many quaint stores and country inns along the route. Go walking through the reserves, or play a round of golf on one of many top class courses.

Regions

Durban Metro
This region not only encompasses the greater city of Durban and its busy, natural port, it also stretches up to Umhlanga Rocks to the north, Inchanga and Botha’s Hill in the west, and Yellowwood Park in the south. It’s vibey, warm, exciting, busy, hospitable and its climate is very stable for most of the year. Not a place to miss out and explore!

Umhlanga
Taking its cue from the Durban Metro, Umhlanga is a place to hang out if you want to be seen on the many beaches and stay at many hotels and resorts. Not only is it a “happening” place with its diverse choice of nightclubs, restaurants, malls and pubs, it is also extremely popular for scuba divers, surfers and fishing enthusiasts. The nature reserves hold on to the beauty of this region. Get lost in the woody areas of the Hawaan Forest, or put on your wetsuit and dive with colourful sea life that is a sight not to be ignored.

Drakensberg
01300418a The Drakensberg, or “dragon mountain”, is a famous cluster of mountains that stretches over 200 kilometres, and its highest peak reaches up to 3,482 metres. The cliffs are awe-inspiring and popular among nature lovers and hikers. Its plateaus are accessible, with trails that wind along slopes and passes that overlook breathtaking scenery of waterfalls, streams, rock pools and caves. Try out some abseiling, or take a horse ride. A truly glorious display of nature in a peaceful setting! There is also a world heritage site in the area called the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. It hosts San paintings on its rocky walls, and creatures that are on the brink of endangerment are safely preserved here, bringing you closer to a world that will never cease to amaze.

Elephant and Dolphin Coasts
These two coasts are stunningly beautiful. The Elephant Coast, named after the biggest mammal of the African Kingdom that lives in the forests, features the world heritage site of Lake St Lucia. It’s wild territory, with an incredible variety of landscapes, forests, sand dunes, coral reefs and the oldest reserve, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, promises adventure and a unique experience. The Dolphin Coast is so named because of the frequent sightings of bottle nose dolphins that play in the waves. Passing through the region is the mighty Tugela River, which brings together kilometres of white beaches and sugarcane fields. The Dolphin Coast offers superb swimming and diving opportunities, as well as world class golf courses and peaceful beaching and picnic spots.

01301343a-700Zululand
The home of the local Zulu tribes, Zululand is steeped in tradition and culture, with the signs that the people fought hard for their beloved land in the province’s turbulent and war-ridden history. It is home to tea plantations, cattle farms, and villages set in abundant vegetation and rolling grasslands. Walk into villages that hold onto their heritage and experience friendliness and an alternative way of life that is enhanced by rhythms and dance.