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SSouth Africa’s third-smallest province, KwaZulu-Natal has a wealth of scenic and cultural attractions that include the country’s most popular beaches lying to the south and north of Durban. Add to that its bushveld reserves to the north, historic battlefields and the dramatic Drakensberg mountains, and you truly have a place that offers something for everyone.
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The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is home to 35 000 examples of San rock paintings and a huge diversity of protected plant and animal species. While there are many mountains in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal's 200km long uKhahlamba Drakensberg escarpment is by far the most impressive.
WHO TO CONTACT: +27 (0)31 355 7500 / Email: email@example.com
HOW TO GET HERE: The Berg is divided into the southern, central and northern regions. The N3 national road between Durban and Johannesburg is well signposted to access routes for each of these regions.
Africa's oldest surviving botanical gardens, the Durban Botanic Gardens are a magnificent testimony to more than 160 years of dedication and care by a succession of curators. Not only do these gardens offer travellers a scenic respite from the busy city, but they're world-renowned for their indigenous and exotic plant collections from the subtropics—cycads, ferns, bromeliads, palms and orchids, among many other stunning flowers and more than 80 magnificent heritage trees.
WHO TO CONTACT: Durban Botanic Gardens+27 (0)31 322 4021 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO GET HERE: The Durban Botanic Gardens are located west of the city centre towards the suburb of Berea, in Botanic Gardens Road, above the Greyville Racecourse. A shuttle bus connecting the city centre to the gardens leaves regularly from Sydenham Road.
Since they first hit South African shores, the funky, modern design of the Segway transporter has held a fascination by the young and the young-at-heart. By taking a tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium using this unique mode of transport, you'll be able to tick two boxes on your to-do list at once! A Segway tour of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium combines the fun and freedom of a ride on one of these uber-cool mobility transporters with a comprehensive overview of one of South Africa’s top sporting attractions.
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HOW TO GET HERE: Take the N2 north towards the north coast. As you move out of the city centre, you cannot miss the Moses Mabhida Stadium on your left. Physical address: Shop 16A, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Avenue, Durban.
Around June each year, word gets out along the KwaZulu-Natal coast that the sardines have arrived. They’ve swum for more than 30 days from their spawning ground in the Cape to reach South Africa's east coast. Scores of fishermen join the sharks, game fish, marine mammals and birds that gorge themselves on the shimmering band of silver fish.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Book your trip anytime from mid-May to mid-July.
Following the province's beer route is not just about drinking beer—although it goes without saying that you’ll be tipping many a tankard, should you so wish—it’s as much about discovering the history behind the brew and the art of beer-making from exceptional brew masters at eight of the region’s breweries.
Try the Khangela Brewery in Durban, well known for umqombothi, a traditional beer made from maize (corn), maize malt, sorghum malt, yeast and water. Umqombothi is popular among a large proportion of South Africa’s beer drinkers.
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The coastline of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the only remaining major nesting site in Africa where Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles still lay their eggs and it is a sight that should find its way on to every bucket list. Don’t forget about the sand forests, thornvelds, open savannahs and welcoming beaches of False Bay, while Charters Creek is a wildlife haven for larger game species such as elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, giraffes and tsessebe.
WHO TO CONTACT: iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority +27 (0)35 590 1633 / Email: email@example.com
HOW TO GET HERE: iSimangaliso is easily accessible by road. Take the N2 north from Durban until you reach it. Durban is the closest city with an international airport, the King Shaka International Airport. From here, St Lucia is less than four hours' drive away.