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SSpiritual tourism is growing worldwide, and KwaZulu-Natal certainly has a lot to offer soul-searchers. Whatever your choice, you are in for an uplifting experience and spectacular scenery as you travel from the balmy coastline to the mountainous interior. 

 

In Chatsworth, outside Durban, you'll find a local landmark in the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, which is built in the shape of a lotus flower. The architecturally beautiful temple and its gardens are conducive to meditation, contemplation and prayer. Guided tours are on offer. 

MMore inspiration from the East can be found at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, 90km south of Pietermaritzburg. This venue runs an annual programme of Buddhist retreats combined with yoga, the arts and even cooking. Alternatively, you can book a personal retreat. Enjoy the peace of the rolling hills, make use of the meditation spots and tuck into tasty vegetarian cuisine. What’s more, Ixopo is a birder's paradise. 

 

When it comes to natural beauty, there’s little to beat the Drakensberg mountains. Their soaring rock formations have inspired all manner of spiritual and mystical experiences. 

 

The San people related their supernatural experiences in paintings and engravings throughout the mountain range. A visit to any of the resorts within the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site, will offer the possibility of visiting rock-art sites. You’ll learn more about the beliefs of the San, which still resonate today. 

 

The award-winning Fordoun Hotel is near Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The hotel cooperates with traditional African healer Elliot Ndlovu. Ndlovu offers traditional treatments and creates products that utilise extracts from indigenous healing plants. He also consults with guests at the spa. 

 

Whether you are interested in meditation, traditional healing or ancient hunter-gatherer philosophy, KwaZulu-Natal has plenty to offer anyone embarking on a spiritual journey. 

 

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TTravel tips & planning info 

 

Who to contact 

 

Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple 
Tel: +27 (0)31 403 3328 
Email: temple@iskcondurban.net 

 

The Buddhist Retreat Centre 
Tel: +27 (0)87 809 1687 
Cell: +27 (0)82 579 3037 
Email: bookings@brcixopo.co.za 

 
The Fordoun Hotel  

+27 (0)33 266 6217 
Email: reservations@fordoun.co.za  

 

How to get here 

 

Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple 
50 Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle, Chatsworth 

 

The Buddhist Retreat Centre is well sign-posted and off District Road D64, which branches off from the R56 between Pietermaritzburg and Ixopo. 

 

The Fordoun Hotel can be found on Nottingham Road in the Midlands. 

 

Best time to visit 

 

Soul-searching shouldn’t be limited to a certain time of the year, and the Drakensberg is beautiful year-round. 

 

Around the area  

 

Other sites worth visiting include the Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple, Sigananda Shezi's grave, Fort Kwamonde and the numerous battlefields scattered all over the KwaZulu-Natal. 

 

What to pack  

 

Pack comfortable walking shoes if a hike through the Drakensberg mountains sounds good. 

 

Where to stay  

 

You can stay over at the Buddhist Retreat Centre and the Fordoun Hotel. There are also wonderful resorts and small family hotels throughout the Drakensberg region. 

 

What to eat  

Enjoy a vegetarian meal at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple restauraunt. 

 

Get around 

 

Hiring a car will allow you to explore the area at your leisure. 

 

What it will cost 

 

Costs will vary depending on where one stays. The Buddhist Retreat Centre offers weekend packages and getaways. There's no charge to visit the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, but donations are welcome. 

 

Length of stay 

 

You could easily spend a week exploring the highlights in the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal. 

 

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