KwaZulu-Natal, popularly known as the Zulu Kingdom, is a region blessed with astonishing natural beauty and diversity, cultural riches, adventure and mystery. A sunny sub-tropical climate, great holiday activities and excellent travel and accommodation infrastructure, together with warm and welcoming hospitality, combine to make this one of Southern Africa’s destinations of choice. This is the Zulu Kingdom experience.
Located on the east coast of the country, KwaZulu-Natal has endless golden beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean. Here you can venture into the warm waters of the ocean to enjoy swimming, surfing, snorkeling, fishing or scuba diving on magnificent reefs, or delight at the sight of dolphins frolicking in the waves.
The Gateway to the Zulu Kingdom is Durban, a bustling, sophisticated cosmopolitan port city and top holiday destination famed for its beaches and eclectic mix of cultures, which form a unique melting pot of eastern, western and African influences.
Close by is the historic city of Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands Meander, a fascinating arts and craft route. This area also offers wonderful outdoor adventure, thundering rivers and cool indigenous forests.
Zululand, the heartland of the Zulu nation, is a melting pot of vibrant, colourful Zulu culture, expressed through traditional rituals, ceremonies, energetic tribal dancing and exquisite hand-made crafts.
Head further north to the Elephant Coast and you’ll find the country’s first World Heritage Site, the eco-rich iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This is a vast wilderness area incorporating a pristine marine reserve, lakes and coastal dune forests. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this exceptional place.
The province’s second World Heritage site, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, is found inland amongst the rolling hills and rugged peaks of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. Soaring to more than 3,000 meters in altitude, the mountains contain numerous sandstone caves adorned with the San people’s rock paintings depicting times past. Visitors can also enjoy hiking trails and climbing, including ice-climbing in winter, abseiling and white-water rafting.
KwaZulu-Natal also entices you to tour the untamed wilds, home to the Big 5, at one of the many game parks found throughout the province. Amongst the most popular remains Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, which is the oldest game reserve in Africa providing an opportunity for visitors to see animals at close range, whether on a game-viewing drive or self-guided auto trail.
Exploring the battlefields and war memories of yesteryear provides insight into the region’s rich history as organised tours, led by local guides who bring alive the events of the day, take visitors to the region’s famous battle sites. These include Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Spioenkop, Blood River and the Battle of Talana.
KwaZulu-Natal is also a sports paradise and is ideal for the enthusiast. The province is home to a range of world-renowned annual sporting events, such as the Comrades Marathon, the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, the Dusi Canoe Marathon and a number of cycle races. Furthermore, a number of world-class golf courses challenge golfers of every level and a variety of top golfing tournaments are hosted in the region.
KwaZulu-Natal’s diversity, blending modern and traditional lifestyles, business and leisure, the tranquility of natural beauty and adrenalin-pumping adventure, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and snow-capped mountains of the Drakensberg, a marine paradise and Africa’s Big 5 all make this destination unique, providing the ultimate Zulu Kingdom Experience.