KwaZulu Natal, the garden province

KwaZulu-Natal is one of the best coasts along the South African province, lapped by the Indian Ocean sharing boarders with three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Aptly, the Zulu name for Durban is Thekwini, meaning “The Place Where the Earth and the Ocean Meet”.  Natal offers a subtropical atmosphere and sunshine all year round, making her well known for its golden beaches, mountains and savannah alluringly populated by big game. No holiday in KwaZulu Natal would be complete without a visit to at least one of the many magnificent game reserves.

Durban is an Indian-influenced harbor city and a popular surfing spot. Cultural villages around the town of Eshowe showcase the traditions of the indigenous Zulu people. A multi-cultural showpiece destination right up there on the “must-see and to-do” lists for discerning travellers seeking to cultivate a tan, ride some waves, explore the coral reefs and mountainous game reserves and delight or fright their taste buds on a perfect and traditional “Hot as Hell” Durban curry.

Experience awe-inspiring world heritage sites such as the coastal iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Isimangaliso meaning “a miracle” or “something wondrous” in Zulu. One of South Africa’s third largest protected area spanning 280 km of pristine coastlines and boasting nature reserves, marine reserves, sanctuaries and game parks. Explore the mountainous ‘Barrier of Spears’ in UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, where exceptional natural beauty with rolling grasslands, steep river valleys and rocky gorges containing many hidden caves and rock-shelters house the largest and most concentrated group of paintings  made by the San people over a period of 4000 years.

Safari in the Hluhluwe-uMfolozi Park, in the northeast, where you may come across the ever elusive and endangered black and white rhinos, lions and giraffes.

Durban is an easy destination to self-drive through, blissfully taking in all the tropical sights. Travel from Amanzimtoti, Balito to Umhlanga Rocks to gorge yourself on cucumber sandwiches and scones with fresh cream at the glorious Oyster Box Hotel. The highways link all the popular seasides while snaking along through sugar cane fields and colourful hibiscus blooms.

Travel North to the Dolphin Coast from the Tugela Mouth to the Umdloti River in seek of sprightly shoals of bottle-nose dolphins whizzing through the warm waves.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary Zulu kings, timeless Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and feast on the finest delicacies of Durban culture.

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