There is so much to do in the Zulu Kingdom. From experiencing Zulu culture, going on safari, walking along endless beaches, diving, to hiking dramatic mountains. KwaZulu-Natal really does have it all!
North of Durban stretches an idyllic coastline of pristine beaches and rocky outcrops against a backdrop of rolling hills of sugarcane.
South of Durban are expansive beaches, rolling hills and dramatic gorges, as well as top-class golf courses.
This is a an annual phenomenon that takes place along the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal coastline in June or July each year. Gigantic shoals of sardines migrate along the coast from south to north, followed by sharks, dolphins, game fish and sea birds. The sardines are often driven to the shore where they beach by the thousand!
THE ELEPHANT COAST
The Elephant Coast to the far north of the province is home to coastal dune forests and the iSimanagaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: 033 845 1000 / www.kznwildlife.com)
For a true Big Five experience, visit the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve set in the heart of Zululand. The 96 000 ha game reserve is the oldest in Africa.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park (035 590 1633 / www.isimangaliso.com)
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site. The 332 000 ha park contains three major lake systems, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, coral reefs and 25 000-year-old coastal dunes.
The people of Zululand have a deep-seated sense of tradition that can be seen in their many customs and way of life. The area is home to the famous Zulu nation established by King Shaka.
Shakaland Zulu Village (035 460 0912 / www.shakaland.com)
Experience Zulu culture and tradition first hand at the Shakaland Zulu Village, just two hours north of Durban. A tour around the traditional Zulu village will expose you to Zulu dancing, spear making and beer-drinking ceremonies.
Some of South Africa’s most famous battles were fought in KwaZulu-Natal. Visit Spionkop, Blood River, Majuba, Rorke’s Drift and lsandlwana to relive the drama that shaped South Africa.
Walk in the footsteps of famous military strategists and political figures like the Zulu King Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha as part of a tour or take a drive yourself, stopping off at all the battlefields.
PIETERMARITZBURG AND THE MIDLANDS
Pietermaritzburg is the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal. It is set in the lush rolling hills of the Midlands, deeply forested and cut through by swiftly flowing rivers. The Midlands Meander Route, with its focus on arts, crafts, fine food and country living, starts here.
This 200 km-long mountain range and World Heritage Site is home to 35 000 San rock art images and the world's second highest waterfall. Hiking, rock-climbing, abseiling and white-water rafting are popular. So is trout fishing or simply relaxing and breathing in all the fresh mountain air whilst admiring one of the spectacular sites South Africa has to offer.
The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park: (036 488 1207 / www.zulu.org.za)