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KwaZulu-Natal is known as the Kindom of the Zulu and comprises a mix of African, Indian and European cultures.
The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is known for its exceptional beaches. Whether you are in Durban or heading along the North or South Coasts there are excellent swimming beaches.
In Durban itself, there are numerous swimming and surfing beaches to choose from including North and South Beach, Addington and Anstey’s Beach. If you head along the North Coast you’ll find the family-friendly beaches of Umhlanga, Umdloti, Ballito and Salt Rock.
The South Coast is renowned for its pristine beaches, and there are a number of Blue Flag beaches on offer including: Margate Beach, Marina Beach, Ramsgate Beach, Trafalgar Beach, Lucien Beach, and Pumula Beach.
The Elephant Coast
KwaZulu-Natal’s sub-tropical Elephant Coast stretches from Lake St Lucia in the south to Kosi Bay in the north.
It is an extraordinary untamed area known for its incredible variety of habitats and eco-systems and for offering an unforgettable blend of adventure, unspoilt scenery and unique experiences.
Called the Elephant Coast after the country’s largest herd of indigenous African elephants that have lived in sand forests in this region for centuries, the Elephant Coast includes the renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game park in Africa and the place where the White Rhinoceros was brought back from the edge of extinction.
Walk in the footsteps of the great warriors and military strategists of our time with a visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields. Here the legends of Winston Churchill, Shaka, Cetshwayo and General Louis Botha live on.
Re-visit the famous battles of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Spioenkop and Blood River as you imbibe South Africa’s turbulent past and salute our peaceful present.
The KwaZulu-Natal hinterland has witnessed some of the most fierce and significant battles to be fought in South Africa and you can explore this history by following the Battlefields Route through 14 historical towns whose surrounding areas boast the largest concentration of battlefields in the country.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The Elephant Coast also features the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, known as one of the ‘ jewels’ of South Africa’s coastline and a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.
Here you will find an incredible assimilation of sand dunes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, mangrove swamps, lakes, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands. This is the site of one of the world’s great turtle hatcheries and is also a scuba divers’ paradise.
The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
For outdoor adventure and in-your-face scenic beauty, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is unbeatable. The Zulus named this mountain range ‘The Barrier of Spears’, while the Voortrekkers referred to it as the ‘Dragon Mountains’.
The range includes Giant’s Castle, Cathedral Peak, Devil’s Tooth… and many other dramatic expressions of basalt and sandstone. This park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biodiversity hot spot.
It is home to leopards, antelope, over 2 000 plant species, 299 bird species (including the Verreaux’s Eagles and the protected Bearded Vulture) and a gallery of indigenous San rock art.
The Midlands Meander
If you love country life, enjoy great food and wine and have a thing for arts and crafts, then KwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands Meander is a great region for further exploration.
This route incorporates wonderful restaurants, cosy guest houses, bed and breakfasts, a wealth of arts and crafts, galleries and studios. You’ll also find some wonderful adventure tourism activities in the area – and along Nottingham Road you’ll even find a local brewery.
KwaZulu-Natal highlights at a glance:
• iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
• Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park
• Blue Flag beaches along the South Coast
• Zulu Culture
• Midlands Meander
• uShaka Marine World
• Durban’s Florida Road
• Victoria Street Market
• The annual Sardine Run