Geographically, KwaZulu Natal is sub-tropical along the low-lying coast, extending inland to a region characterised by plains and rivers, and then to the two mountain ranges – the Drakensberg in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the North.

KwaZulu Natal Highlights

  • Arts and Crafts: The Midlands Meander is South Africa’s first and largest arts and crafts route, extending around 80 km from Pietermaritzburg to Mooi River. Along this route a miscellany of artists and craftspeople create and sell their wares – from weavers to potters to wine makers and more.
  • Beaches and beach activities: Durban and the North and South Coasts of KZN offer beautiful beaches, ideal for surfing, snorkelling, and fishing, swimming and diving holidays. KZN’s caramel coloured shores, coastal forests and warm waves make some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Golf: There are more than 60 superb golf courses particularly along the coast, including the famous Zimbali, Selbourne and Umdoni golf courses, as well as the Links course at Prince’s Grant near Stanger.
  • History & culture: Journey back in time at the Battlefields of Isandlwana and Rourke’s Drift where the historic battles were fought between the British and the Zulus. The Anglo Boer war was fought from Spioenkop and Ladysmith to Talana at Dundee. Those with anthropological leanings can visit tribal villages, which offer a glimpse into Zulu culture and traditions. .
  • Mountaineering: The Drakensberg (Dragon Mountain) or Ukahlamba (barrier of spears) as it’s known in Zulu, is a basalt and sandstone barricade between the lush KwaZulu Natal coast and the drier interior. Most of the range forms part of the Ukahlamba-Drakensberg National Park where numerous hiking trails, fascinating San rock art, and wonderful game watching and birding prospects abound.
  • uShaka Marine World: uShaka in Durban is a wonderful marine world centre for families, offering education, entertainment, shopping and loads of water-based fun for all ages.
  • Wildlife and Nature: Enjoy a safari in KwaZulu Natal at the world-famous game reserves of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi where you can encounter the renowned Big Five. Travel up the Elephant Coast and explore the lush and lovely iSimangoliso World Heritage Site (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.) Watch whales and dolphins play in the waves, and encounter endangered turtles laying eggs on the golden sands.