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Legendary land of powerful Zulu tribes, KwaZulu-Natal is a colourful fusion of cultures. At the coastal edge, the Indian Ocean entices visitors into its warm waters. The long coastal region includes a World Heritage Site, the magnificent Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Inland, the genteel country towns of the rolling Midlands are out to charm. At...

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Hartford House

Mooi River
6 Bedrooms and 8 Suites
PPS from R 625
Includes Bed & Breakfast

In the heart of South Africa’s champion racehorse stud, amid the sun-drenched valleys of Giant’s Castle, lies Hartford House, a world of heroic battles, picturesque mountain...


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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Kamberg Valley
5 Bedrooms, 4 Suites, 2 Cottages. 1 Self-catering Cottage
PPS from R 2,085

If it’s legendary food, spectacular scenery and tranquillity you’re after, then Cleopatra is for you. Richard and Mouse Poynton and their team welcome you warmly to their...


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Makakatana Bay Lodge

Isimangaliso
5 Bush Chalets and 1 Honeymoon Chalet
PPS from R 3,950

An intimate contemporary hideaway Makakatana is the only privately owned Lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site,...


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Ushaka Manor

Umhlanga Rocks
6 Luxury rooms, 2 self-cater rooms
PPS from R 980
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Combining style and warmth with generous hospitality and personal service, uShaka Manor is situated in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, within walking distance to shops and...


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Fairlight Beach House

Umdloti Beach
7 Bedrooms, 1 Family Suite, 1 Apartment, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 640

Fairlight Beach House overlooks one of the finest beaches on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast. Located in Umdloti, only 10 minutes from King Shaka International Airport and en...


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Esiweni Lodge

Nambiti Game Reserve
5 Luxury Thatched Rooms

Set in tranquil and breathtaking surroundings on a cliff top with dramatic views over the Sundays River, Esiweni Lodge offers a unique Big Five experience in the...


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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Pongola
8 Spacious Open-plan Suites, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 1,590
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

From its commanding position atop Pakamisa Mountain in northern KZN, this exclusive lodge specialises in horseback safaris, with panoramic views over the malaria-free 2500...


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Fugitives' Drift

Rorke's Drift
Lodge - 8 Bedrooms, Guest House - 6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,500

The Rattray family, pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, offer visitors an opportunity to experience the extraordinary saga of the Anglo Zulu War. The Lodge and...


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Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Nottingham Road
17 Bedrooms, 5 Open-plan Suites, 8 self-contained Family Cottages
PPS from R 970
Special Deal

In the rolling hills of Nottingham Road in the KZN Midlands, Fordoun was created with the goal that every guest should leave feeling uplifted, positive and relieved of...


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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Pongola
6 River Suites, 2 Honeymoon Suites and 1 Private Villa
PPS from R 2,650

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge “Place of the Kings” in Zulu, is ideally situated 4 hours from Durban in KwaZulu Natal and 5,5 hours from Johannesburg. On the banks of Zululand’s...


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White Elephant Safari Lodge

Zululand and Elephant Coast
8 Luxury Safari Tents
PPS from R 2,600
Special Deal

Located at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains lies White Elephant, the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like water-based safari activities, including tiger fishing...


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Penwarn Country Lodge

Underberg
7 Bedrooms and 4 Self-Catering Units
PPS from R 300

Penwarn Country Lodge is near Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal and offers three options - self-catering, bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and...


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Spion Kop Lodge (Spioenkop Lodge)

Spioenkop
8 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,900

Spion Kop Lodge offers warm hospitality in the Battlefields and Drakensberg Region of KwaZulu-Natal, set in indigenous tranquil grounds on an eco farm. The perfect place...


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Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge

Northern KwaZulu-Natal
9 Stone and Thatch Chalets
PPS from R 2,295

Leopard Mountain is a family run Big Five game lodge set within the 48 000 acre Zululand Rhino Reserve. Accommodation is in thatched stone chalets perched on a cliff top,...


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Montusi Mountain Lodge

Bergville
16 Suites
PPS from R 1,715
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Montusi Mountain Lodge is an exclusive guest lodge in the northern Drakensberg mountains of Kwazulu Natal, a World Heritage Site, offering superb views of the magnificent...


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Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

Empangeni
Safari Lodge : 2 Suites, 6 Thatch Rooms. Tented Camp : 8 Safari Tents
Units from R 2,500

Family owned and operated, Thula Thula was home to the late Lawrence Anthony, conservationist and best selling author of 'The Elephant Whisperer'. Only two hours north of...


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Three Trees at Spioenkop

Spioenkop
6 Bedrooms, 1 Family Suite, 1 Private Villa
PPS from R 2,490

Set in the Battlefields of Kwazulu Natal, overlooking the secluded malaria-free valley of Spioenkop Game Reserve, where aloes, acacias, giraffe, zebra and rhino create a...


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Isandlwana Lodge

Isandlwana
12 Bedrooms
PPS from R 3,600

Travel from the fast pace and stress of urban living to the peace and tranquillity of Isandlwana Lodge, an impressive building carved into the side of the Nyoni Rock. This...


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Ghost Mountain Inn

Northern KwaZulu-Natal
49 Bedrooms and 1 Luxury Suite
PPS from R 765
Special Deal

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the relaxed and welcoming Ghost Mountain Inn, a country hotel in the village of Mkuze on the Elephant Coast of Northern...


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Thonga Beach Lodge

Mabibi
8 Chalets, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 3 Family Chalets
PPS from R 3,200
Special Deal

On the pristine Maputaland coast, Thonga Beach Lodge lies in the heart of iSimangaliso World Heritage Park, a magical place with unspoilt beaches, coastal forests and...


Luthuli Museum
Chief Albert Luthuli was an extraordinary South...

South Coast Tourism
The Ugu South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal stretches from...

Talana Museum, Battlefield & Heritage Park
Talana, meaning “the shelf where precious items are...

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park - World Heritage Site
Salute the sunrise with the world at your feet. The...

iSimangaliso Wetland Park - World Heritage Site
iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s...

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KwaZulu Natal travel guide

Legendary land of powerful Zulu tribes, KwaZulu-Natal is a colourful fusion of cultures. At the coastal edge, the Indian Ocean entices visitors into its warm waters. The long coastal region includes a World Heritage Site, the magnificent Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Inland, the genteel country towns of the rolling Midlands are out to charm. At the massive Drakensberg Mountain Range, many visitors are inspired to hike, bike and explore Stone Age paintings in this World Heritage Site.

KwaZulu-Natal can be enjoyed year round, thanks to a subtropical climate. Get your kicks surfing, hang-gliding or golfing. Tour the violent battlefields of history, where Boer, British and Zulu armies clashed. Watch the timeless movements of the Big Five on a game reserve. Meet up with a modern African way of life in the flourishing cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. You can explore a traditional village in Zululand, spot remnants of British customs and taste the influence of India when you munch on an aromatic roti.

Along the coast, these are great choices:

  • North Coast: settle yourself in a small pretty town such as Ballito or Salt Rock for holidays that involve sandcastles, surfing, snorkelling, and fishing. This is a good place to try Indian cuisine as there is a lively Indian community here.
  • South Coast: Port Edward, Margate and Port Shepstone make great bases along the gentle coastline. The waves are perfect for children and people who like their ocean warm.
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Take a boat safari to watch whales and dolphins play in the waves, and encounter endangered turtles laying eggs on the sand.
  • Golf courses: Your call to golf is answered by more than 60 world-class golf courses, including the famous Zimbali, Selbourne and Umdoni golf courses, as well as the Links course at Prince's Grant near Stanger.
  • Durban: Right on the beach, with a balmy climate and surfers in wetsuits all year round, Durbs is the main city of KZN but still manageable to explore in a couple of days. The seafront is lined with big hotels; the ridge overlooking the city, known as the Berea, has cooler temperatures and suburbs with colonial mansions, palm trees and cool coffee shops. You’ll notice the vibrant Indian culture in the markets and the tasty cuisine, specialising in seafood and curries. Durban is also the home of UShaka, a huge marine theme park with its oceanarium, dolphin, penguin and seal shows, water rides and animal encounters.

Driving inland, here’s what awaits:

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and surrounding private game reserves: Join a 4x4 safari to see the Big Five and relax in the peace of the bush.
  • Midlands Meander: The villages and towns on this road make up South Africa’s first and largest arts and crafts route, extending around 80 km from Pietermaritzburg to Mooi River. Interact with local carpenters, beaders, weavers, potters, artists, wine makers, all creating unique items with a sense of place.
  • Drakensberg Mountains: The Drakensberg Range forms a tremendous basalt barricade between KwaZulu-Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho. Take a hike through yellowwood forests, leading you to magnificent San rock art, birdwatching and diamond bright waterfalls. Or consider a helicopter ride over Cathedral Peak.
  • Battlefields: Envision the fighting at the Battlefields of Isandlwana and Rourke's Drift where historic battles spilled the blood of British and Zulu. The Anglo-Boer war trail takes you from Spioenkop and Ladysmith to Talana at Dundee.