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Shelley Phillips
Shelley Phillips Africa Travel Specialist
"It’s so hard to choose just a couple of places in South Africa, but for me beach time at Plettenberg Bay and a safari in Sabi Sand top my list."

KwaZulu Natal Holidays

Few regions of the world can match the extraordinary beauty and diversity of this province of South Africa. From the Drakensberg mountains, to the unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches, from coral reefs to golf courses, from craft shops to spice markets, rhinos to whales, battlefields to beaches, KwaZulu Natal has it all. Stretching from the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique in the north to Lake St Lucia in the south, KwaZulu Natal’s unspoiled wetland parks are African wilderness at its best. A new road and airstrips have recently opened this isolated region to visitors, now renamed the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park.

When to go to KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal is an all-year destination, although it is humid and hot in the South African Summer (December - February) and it can be chilly high up in the Drakensberg Mountains in the winter (July - September).

Greater St Lucia / Isimangaliso Wetlands Park

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park is flanked by the Indian Ocean, and has over 200 kilometres of untouched sandy beach, coral reefs, pristine estuaries, lake systems and has recently been designated a World Heritage coastline.

The Game Reserves

Among the highlights of the region are its game reserves including Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, the jewel in KwaZulu Natal’s crown. It’s a vast reserve, covering 95,000 hectares, and is worldfamous for its work in conserving the White rhino. There are also several well-known private reserves in the area, including Amakhosi, Thanda and Phinda Reserve.


In the centre of the region is Zululand, the area and its people rich in history and tradition. A visit with one of our expert guides to the famous battlefields of the Zulu Wars is a most moving and memorable experience. Durban, the vibrant provincial capital, provides some fascinating contrasts, and the beach resorts of Umhlanga Rocks, Ballito and Shaka’s Rock are very popular.

Drakensberg Mountains

And finally, on the east side of the province are the astonishing Drakensberg Mountains which soar to altitudes of over 3,000 metres. From here it is possible to take the Sani Pass up into mountainous Lesotho.

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Locations within KwaZulu Natal

Drakensberg & Midlands
This beautiful area of KwaZulu Natal has been a favourite holiday destination for South Africans for years.  International travellers have begun to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the landscape, the artistic legacy of the San, and all the Drakensberg has to offer by way of active or...
Durban Coast
Durban, South Africa’s third city, is a lively place that has much to commend it to the holiday maker. It succeeds on many levels: it is a South Africa’s largest working port, as well as a surfers’ paradise; an industrial hub, as well an important cricket and rugby venue; it...
Greater St Lucia
In the 1990s a plan to strip mine the coastal sand dunes for titanium was finally laid to rest. Instead it was decided to develop the local economy though tourism. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park was proclaimed - 260,000 hectares made up of a patchwork of 16 private and public parcels of land,...
Kwazulu Natal Safari
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is South Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve and the jewel in KwaZulu Natal’s crown. It’s a vast reserve, covering 95,000 hectares, and is world-famous for its work in conserving the white rhino, which now number over 2000 in this park. It is the best place on...
Maputaland, in the north-eastern corner of KwaZulu Natal, is an unspoiled, authentic South African wilderness stretching from the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique in the north to Lake St Lucia in the south. The area is flanked by the Indian Ocean, and is blessed with coral reefs, pristine...
Zululand & the Battlefields
The road from Empangeni on the coast up into the hills is very beautiful. It winds through sugar cane fields that give way to orange groves and banana plantations as the landscape becomes increasingly hilly. These are the fertile hills of Zululand, traditional homeland of the Zulu people. The word...

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