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KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.
The Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is a must-see for travellers interested in wildlife and birds, as well as archaeology. Mapungubwe Hill was home to one of southern Africa’s first kingdom’s 1 000 years ago.
South Africa hosts some of the world’s most festive surfing competitions, which attract some of the biggest names in the sport every year. More than 3 000km of coastline, beach breaks, reef breaks – and perfect weather conditions – make South Africa the perfect destination for surfers.
Get in the water with great white sharks, or laze on the beach watching the whales – Shark Alley near Gansbaai in Western Cape, South Africa offers all sorts of coastal adventures.
There are great paragliding locations, and adventure companies making the most of them, all over South Africa, whether you’re an experienced pilot or a beginner looking for a tandem thrill.
With its rugged terrain and wide-open spaces, South Africa offers the perfect platform for the popular adventure sport of quad biking, for those who want to enjoy the countryside close-up.
With its historical fishing culture, rich coastline and a variety of lakes, rivers and dams, South Africa offers visiting anglers plenty of fishing opportunities in all sorts of conditions.
Visitors to Howick Falls in KwaZulu-Natal can enjoy close-up views of the magnificent cascade from several vantage points, before exploring the arts, crafts and hospitality of the Midlands Meander.
From safaris to magnificent trips through the winelands in winter, to scuba diving and hiking in summer, there’s an activity for every season when travelling in South Africa.
Enjoy fun for the whole family at the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre in the Drakensberg Mountains, whether it’s hiking to see ancient rock art, having fun with the kids, or full-on thrill-seeking.
More than a world-famous 90km running race, the annual Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, celebrates the indomitable human spirit.
South Africa’s 2,700km of coastline, two oceans and varying climate areas, offers snorkellers a myriad of underwater environments, especially KwaZulu-Natal and the south coast of the Western Cape.