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Kwazulu Natal

About Kwazulu Natal

Affectionately referred to as KZN, Kwazulu Natal 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.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

Experiences

  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Beaches
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Wildlife

  • KwaZulu-Natal is home to the Big Five - lion, rhino (both black and white), elephant, buffalo and leopard
  • A range of other game animals including cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena, jackal, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, kudu, bushbuck, steenbuck, duiker, warthog

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

In The Know

    • A fantastic destination for second-time visitors to South Africa, you can include a safari in the itinerary and fly 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

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Kwazulu Natal is absolutely stunning, a unique fusion of raw natural beauty, modern sophistication and cultural diversity.

Felicity Balcomb Sales Advisor, London

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