Kwazulu Natal

Affectionately referred to as KZN is often overlooked as a destination, however is a "world in one country” in itself!  This subtropical province is flanked by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains to the west, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean with unspoilt beaches to the east, with Mozambique to the north.


It’s a unique blend of sophistication, cultural diversity and excitement – in the most breath-taking setting imaginable includes two world heritage sites -the mountainous 'Barrier of Spears' uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, adorned with Stone Age cave paintings, and iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park World Heritage Site.  With some of the best Big 5 game reserves, KZN boasts having the oldest proclaimed game reserve in South Africa – the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. The historic Battlefields, the rich Zulu and timeless Indian cultures, warm climate and endless beaches make it an irresistible destination.


Durban is the gateway,  a vibrant city and holiday resort, firmly placed on any acclaimed surfers itinerary and  famous for outstanding curry restaurants.


Wildlife: Black Rhino, White Rhino, Lion, Leatherback Turtles. 


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Highlights

  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Beaches
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Seasons

  • Summer (November to February): Very warm throughout the day. Huge thunderstorms are commonplace. Turtles are hatching on the beaches in the North-East.
  • Autumn (March to May): Cooler, with better conditions for safari. Some rains, but the vegetation stays lush and green.
  • Winter (June and July): Can get very cold, but daytime temperatures are pleasant. A beautiful time of year with all activities and excursions in full swing. Snow capped Drakensberg Mountains make for a backdrop to your days out.
  • Spring (August to October):  Warmer, but still nice and dry so ideal for touring the province. Great for safari too. Cool evenings are best spent around the fireplace enjoying a glass of South African Wine.
  • A fantastic destination for second time visitors to South Africa, you can include a safari in the itinerary and flying to Cape Town can easily be incorporated as well
  • Although it can be cooler, visiting the province in Winter (May through August) makes for some stunning views of the snow capped Drakensberg Mountains and great game viewing
  • If you are travelling between October and March make sure to visit the beach lodges in the Northern part of the province for the chance to see Turtles laying their eggs on the beach at night
  • Drive to the top of the Sani Pass and visit the highest pub in Africa
  • Make sure you include a trip to wonderful Fugitive’s Drift Lodge at the Battlefields to hear the stories of the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

&Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge

In a rare dry sand forest this award-winning lodge provides a glass-walled wonderland onto your environment. This property is an architectural gem with its 16 suites all built on stilts with private viewing decks and minimalist design, described as Zulu Zen.Nature is all around from red tonka squirrels scurrying in the treetops to red duiker a...
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&Beyond Phinda Homestead

This is possibly the most luxurious villa in the bush; a private retreat for a family or group of friends, it has just four spacious suites, all with sliding glass doors and indoor & outdoor showers. The central living and dining areas are spacious, and there is also a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool.Any guests at The Homestead are provide...
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&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

A dramatic safari destination on the crest of a hill overlooking the Ubombo Mountains. The views are what the eagle sees when he soars high above the bush – acres of space which lead onto infinity.Accommodation is in 25 stunning, split-level suites, each with its own veranda and plunge pool, while the main area of the lodge is in a u-shaped b...
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&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

Rock dwelling in luxury, where guests get to stay in little mini castles carved out of the hillside – possibly the most extraordinary construction in the bush.Suspended over the valley, just six suites offer a bird’s eye view of the bush, the forest and its environs from either the comfort of your suite, from your vast viewing deck or f...
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&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Sophistication is brought to the sand forest by this elegant lodge and its six thatched suites.Each is spacious and beautifully decorated in a blend of north and west-African styles, and each has its own dressing room, bathroom, plunge pool and wide veranda overlooking the wetland. Game drives, walks and river cruises are all on offer, ensuring a w...
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&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge

Celebrate a special birthday or family occasion in this beautiful lodge, which consists of four thatched Zululand cottages.Each cottage is coolly decorated in contemporary style and has its own private sitting area as well as a rather wonderful circular bath chamber, complete with indoor and outdoor showers.The lodge has its own tracker, chef and b...
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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

An African hideaway in a location which blends savannah, wetlands and mountain, and which offers a true bush experience.On the banks of the Mkuze River, the lodge is visited by a multitude of antelope and birds, while guests can see the Big 5 on game drives and guided walks.Accommodation is in 6 luxurious river suites while the lodge also has a pri...
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Cathedral Peak Resort

In the heart of the soaring Drakensberg Mountains, Cathedral Peak offers a wonderful base for families, walkers and those simply looking to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. From the hotel you will be able to enjoy views up to the jagged peaks of the Drakensberg where guided walks are offered on a daily basis with the experienced walking guides...
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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Tucked away in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, this luxury five-star lodge is for those looking for somewhere remote and romantic.Rightly renowned for its food – a different seven course menu is on offer each night, accompanied by a wide choice of South African wines, this 11-roomed hideaway is gourmet heaven, with even breakfast ...
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Didima

Didima is a large accommodation complex, set in the high Drakensberg Close to Cathedral Peak. Accommodation is generally 2 Bedroom Chalets in uniquely shaped huts all offering lovely views. There is a large guest restaurant and visitor centre where you can get information on walks and visits to the nearby rock art. For keen walkers Didima is fantas...
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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Set in a sub-tropical paradise between the glittering Indian Ocean and a coastal forest reserve, which has been designated a conservation area.The property has several natural spring water lakes which help in the conservation of birds and butterflies as well as indigenous plant life, with guests able to see bushbuck, banded mongoose and vervet monk...
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Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Overlooking the lavish coastline of the Indian Ocean, this is a resort that has something for everyone – luxury accommodation, fantastic wildlife, flora & fauna (Zimbali means ‘valley of flowers’) a fun children’s programme and great golf.All of the resort’s rooms have ocean views, with guests having a choice of 9 ...
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Fordoun

This wonderful Hotel and Wellness Retreat is located in the scenic Natal Midlands, not far from the farming town of Nottingham Road. A stay here is a true pleasure, enjoying spacious, comfortable rooms set around the lovely gardens of the hotel. The on-site restaurant is delightful using locally sourced ingedients, many coming direct from the garde...
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Fugitives' Drift

Special Offer: Stay 3 Pay 2  An award-winning lodge which pioneered Heritage and Battlefield tourism in South Africa. On a 5,000-acre Natural Heritage Site, it is in close proximity to it the two great battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and is home to wildlife including zebra and giraffe.Each morning and afternoon excursi...
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Granny Mouse Country House

Set in the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands, Granny Mouse is the perfect base for starting a tour of KwaZulu-Natal. The spacious rooms are set around the main lodge, separated by manicured lawns and gardens. Inside the rooms you will find an open fireplace, perfect for relaxing in front of with a glass of wine in the evenings, and stunning views...
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Hartford House

You will find Hartford House just outside Mooi River in the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands and there can't be many more beautiful spots to stay in South Africa. The old manor house is made up of open public areas, with the unique rooms tucked away ensuring the utmost privacy. Many people will have a few days here just as a gourmet retreat ...
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Hluhluwe River Lodge

Hluhluwe River Lodge is set on the flats on the shores of Lake St Lucia, offering visitors stunning views out across the Lake. The main lodge hosts the bar and dining area, which is the focus for gathering in the evenings, as well as a lovely swimming pool. The rooms are thatched chalets, set back from the main lodge in the shades of the forest, me...
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Isandlwana Lodge

History is all around you when you stay at this luxury lodge on the site of some of the most dramatic events in the history of the Zulu kingdom – Isandlwana Lodge, Rorke’s Drift and Blood River.A mixture of contemporary and modern décor which is built into the iNyoni rock formation, the lodge offers awesome views across the ...
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Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Set deep in the heart of Zululand, Isibindi Zulu Lodge is a lovely blend of the traditional and the modern. The rooms are built in the style of Zulu Beehive Huts, but with all of the modern comforts one would expect from a lodge. The views from the terraces down to the surrounding valley are stunning and they are a perfect place to enjoy a morning ...
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Karkloof Safari Spa

With 3 000 hectares of rolling green hills and picturesque valleys, Karkloof Safari Spa is home to an abundance of wildlife, including white rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. Bespoke safaris and various nature activities, including waterfall excursions, can be enjoyed at leisure. Built to embrace the natural environment, th...
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Kosi Forest Lodge

In the heart of the iSiMangaliso Wetlands National Park, Kosi Forest Lodge is a wonderful base for those looking to enjoy the diverse range of activities that the region has to offer. The 16 rooms are comfortably furnished with lovely views out into the forest, just a short walk from the main part of the lodge with the open air bathrooms with sunke...
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Makakatana Bay Lodge

Set in the forest on the edge of Lake St Lucia, Makakatana combines rustic yet comfortable accommodation with a great choice of activities, including boat trips on the lake and traditional game drives in the surrounding game reserves. There is a very laid back feel to a stay here, with guests able to pick and choose the activities they do, or simpl...
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Montusi Mountain Lodge

High in the Drakensberg Mountains, offering stunning views to the surrounding peaks you will find Montusi Mountain Lodge. The cottages are spread throughout the grounds of the lodge, offering guests a perfect place to relax after a day walking the Drakensberg or enjoying the activities in the lodge. A spacious swimming pool, lawns and a tennis cour...
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Moorcroft Manor

Located just outside the small town of Himmeville to the South of the Sani Pass, Moorcroft Manor is a great escape for those looking for lovely food and a great range of activities. The rooms are all wonderfully spacious, with verandas looking out over the gardens and up towards the small dam and Drakensberg Mountains beyond. The excellent on-site ...
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Oyster Box Hotel

A near-perfect beach location right on the edge of the Indian Ocean, this classically-influenced hotel offers luxury and comfort in great style, and yet is just a five minute walk from the boutiques, restaurants and bars of Umhlanga village.Each of the 86 rooms is the last word in comfort, but choose one with an ocean view so that you can enjo...
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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has the largest population of white rhino in the world, and was in fact set up to protect these endangered creatures. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore this unique park. As the name suggests, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge enjoys spectacular views out across the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park from it...
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Spionkop Lodge

The lodge takes it's name from the famous Battle of Spionkop and everything about the lodge evokes the feeling of the era. Built in a traditional colonial style, the main lodges and rooms are comfortable, uniquely furnished and set in the spacious grounds. A stay at Spionkop is all about the experience and variety of what you get to do here. Tr...
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Thanda Safari Lodge

The Thanda Game Reserve lies in the North-Western part of KwaZulu-Natal and is a fantastic destination for a safari when visiting the province. With just two lodges on the land, you will be assured of a wonderfully private game viewing experience, combined with a superb lodge, boasting some of the largest suites you will find on safari anywhere in ...
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Thanda Tented Camp

Thanda Tented Camp is one of the most authentic, traditional tented camps in South Africa, and harks back to the time of old explorers, but with the comforts of a modern safari. The tents are spacious and very comfortable with a small lounge area at the front where guests can relax and gaze out into the bush. The main part of the lodge has a Heming...
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Thonga Beach Lodge

Set in a coastal dune forest with glorious views of the beach and luxurious accommodation. The spacious and airy suites all have private balconies and views over the ocean or the forest.A myriad of activities are available including snorkelling, world-class scuba-diving and swimming, sometimes with dolphins and whale sharks. The lodge is also close...
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Three Trees at Spioenkop

A short drive off the main road through the rolling hills you find Three Trees and what a wonderful place to stay this is. The main homestead is very welcoming, with a huge open lounge and dining area with a fireplace in the middle, very welcoming in the winter! The owners, Simon and Cheryl, have made Three Trees their family home and a warm, frien...
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KwaZulu Natal Uncovered

Days: 14 | From: £2,295 per person based on sharing
This exciting 14-day itinerary explores the sunny province of KwaZulu Natal. Hugging the Indian Ocean in the eastern part of the country and enjoying a sub-tropical climate, it offers a wide variety of experiences and attractions, all of which can be enjoyed year-round. Enjoy the local craft on the ...
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The Best of KwaZulu Natal

Days: 17 | From: £2,975 per person based on Two sharing
This 16-night itinerary takes you into the heart of South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal, self-driving through some of the most spectacular and breath-taking wonders of this beautiful region. The drives are easy, the accommodation so welcoming and activities range from historical tours of the famous batt...
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The Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Days: 9 | From: £2,959 per person based on two people sharing
An 8 night self-drive journey through the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal with tours of some of the area’s fascinating Anglo-Zulu and Boer War battlefields in the company of expert guides.Brief Overview: 3 nights Fugitives Drift Lodge 3 nights Spionkop Lodge 2 overnight flights
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Videos
The Oyster Box Here's a sneak peek into The Oyster Box.
AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve Mountain A look at the AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve Forest Lodge Cooking with Chef Neil Perry at Phinda Private Game Reserve
Amakhosi Safari Lodge KZN Visit amazing Amakhosi
Cathedral Peak Resort Discover the Drakensberg
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Discover the dining highlights of this countryside gem
Fairmont Zimbali Resort Explore the coast at the Fairmont Resort
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Discover the coastal lodge at Fairmont Zimbali
Fordoun Hotel & Spa Retreat to the lavish oasis in the Natal Midlands at Fordoun
Granny Mouse Country House Head to the countryside
Hluhluwe River Lodge With striking views over Lake St Lucia
Karkloof Safari Spa Safari and Spa experience
Kosi Forest Lodge Immerse yourself in the ISimangaliso
Thanda Safari Lodge Premier game viewing in KZN
Thonga Beach Lodge Explore the remote beaches of KZN
Three Trees at Spioenkop Discover the historic Battlefields at Spioenkop
Press
See a Rhino, Save a Rhino published Friday 17th January 2014
Rorke's Drift & Zulu published Monday 9th June 2014
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