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This magnificent World Heritage Site comprises a spectacular mountain range that stretches for over 200km, offering a nature-lover’s smorgasbord of majestic mountains, valleys, waterfalls and streams to explore. It’s also home to ancient San rock art.
This World Heritage Site extends from Kosi Bay in the north (close to the Mozambique border) to Cape St Lucia in the south. A mix of five different ecosystems, this wetland wilderness boasts a wealth of biodiversity and is home to crocodiles, hippos and the leatherback turtle.
One of Africa’s oldest and most celebrated game parks – the park covers over 96 000ha and is home to the Big Five, many antelope species and incredible bird life. The park is also world-renowned for its conservation of both endangered rhino species, the square-mouthed white rhino and hook-lipped black rhino.
Known as the “Greatest Shoal on Earth” the annual Sardine Run, which takes place along KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast is a sight to see. Thousands upon thousands of sardines make their way along the coast during winter – followed closely by a number of dolphins, whales and seabirds.
The Midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal has been likened to a typical English countryside, with its rolling hills, green lawns, streams and rustic atmosphere. Picture-perfect postcard scenery and fresh air attract visitors needing a break from city life on weekends and over the holidays.
Located along the province’s Elephant Coast, Sodwana Bay is characterised by pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and numerous reefs renowned for spectacular scuba diving. This region also happens to be favoured by the famous coelacanth.
This spectacular gorge was created over millions of years as the Umzimkulwana River scythed its way through the rugged landscape. The Oribi Gorge is home to more than 300 bird species and features spectacular scenery including overhanging rocks and horseshoe river bends. It features one of the world’s biggest bungee swings!
The Tugela Gorge lies below the source of the mighty Tugela River in the Drakensberg. A popular one-day hike takes you from the lower reaches of the river along contour paths right to the head of the gorge and up a chain ladder to the top of the escarpment. The view from the top is spectacular.
The Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden was established in the early 1870s with the aim of propagating and conserving rare and endangered indigenous plants. Apart from domestic varietals, the garden also boasts camphor trees, giant figs, magnolias and swamp cypresses. More than 150 bird species have been attracted by the profusion of flora.
With its seemingly thousands of rolling grassy hills, this verdant valley is home to the Zulu scoured by the Umgeni River. Way above the river, overlooking the valley below are visitor attractions and craft outlets, along with restaurants that allow visitors the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the beauty of this part of the country.