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Top 10: Fun experiences in KwaZulu-Natal

Shakaland Shakaland, a taste of Zulu culture

1 uShaka Marine World

Renowned as being one of the best marine theme parks in the world, uShaka offers up non-stop entertainment for adults and children. Dine with the raggies watching you, or brave the kamikaze slide at Wet 'n Wild theme park, watch the dolphins and penguins perform or visit the stunning aquarium. more

2 The Midlands Meander

Lying between Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River, this English corner of KwaZulu-Natal offers country hotels, artists' hideaways, quaint eateries, loads of pubs, a local brewery, carpet weavers, glass makers, book shops, leatherware, animal farms for the kids, shoe outlets and lots, lots more to enjoy along small country roads and in tiny villages. more

3 Shakaland, Eshowe

An authentic Zulu cultural village about two and half hours north of Durban features beer-brewing, stick-fighting, singing and dancing. Visitors can stay overnight in a traditional beehive Zulu hut. more

4 Karkloof Canopy Tour

Look, me Tarzan, you Jane! State-of-the-art equipment enables visitors to swing through the tree tops 30 metres above the forest floor. For a bird's-eye view of the forest and a green lung, thrill-filled adventure like none other, head for Karkloof. more

5 Turtle safari, Kosi Bay

Witness firsthand how endangered loggerhead and leatherback turtles make their way laboriously up the beach to nest between October and January at Bhanga Nek. Females emerge from the sea to lay their eggs in the sand above the high-water mark. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share with your children. Only guided tours on offer. more

6 Helicopter flip over the Drakensberg

Get a different perspective of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park World Heritage Site by taking a helicopter flip over the rugged escarpment, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and mountain streams. Don't forget to take your camera along! more

7 Scuba diving or snorkelling at Sodwana Bay

Don’t miss out on the underwater riches of South Africa’s favourite scuba destination and snorkel in the shallow rock pools of the extreme northern coast of the province. Scuba divers should opt for the magnificent reefs which make up the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, another World Heritage Site. more

8 Durban nightlife

Durban on a summer's evening is hard to beat when it comes to a vibey, fun-filled outing. Head for Durban’s Florida Road, where you'll find cool, funky restaurants, bars and loads of great places to hang out. There's also Moyo restaurant on the beachfront and pier, and many restaurants where the young-at-heart chill along Davenport Road. more more more

9 Victoria Street spice market

Famous for its Indian fashions, spices, kitchenware, incense and Oriental furnishings – a visit to the Victoria Street market is a wonderful opportunity to experience Durban’s colourful Indian culture at its best! While you're there, try some Indian culinary specialities such as samoosas, puri patha or sev and nuts. more

10 Game viewing, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

Home to the famous Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard), giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope, this wilderness area is a must-see if Africa’s wildlife interests you. The highly endangered black rhino and endangered white rhino are a particular attraction here. more