With hundreds of kilometres of sun-kissed beaches fringing the Indian Ocean, the "city of flowers", Pietermaritzburg, battlefields, magnificent mountains and wonderful wetlands; arts, noble culture, history ... the Kingdom of the Zulu is truly one of many treasures. Vast landscapes of soft, rolling hills and secluded valleys, sugar cane plantations and cattle ranches, great rivers and dramatic waterfalls await you. Gateway to this unique holiday destination is the cosmopolitan harbour-city of Durban.
The Zulu Kingdom's seaside playground, this vibrant multi-cultural city is the gateway to its many tourist attractions. With the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, golden sandy beaches, lush vegetation, and unique East-meets-West charm, Durban is hugely popular as a holiday destination.
Enjoy the gentle and warm charm of the "City of Flowers" with its fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and unmistakable sense of grace and sophistication.
The Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains or uKhahlamba ("the Barrier of Spears") is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site, with a wealth of superb hiking trails, San and Khoi art and spectacular rock-climbing. Best known is the northernmost Royal Natal with the world-famous and much photographed Amphitheatre - a crescent of 1000m sheer basalt cliffs stretching 4kms. The Thukela Falls - plunging 948m in five clear leaps, is the world's 2nd highest waterfall. Giants' Castle, Cathedral Peak and Sani Pass are just a few of the inspiring and majestic peaks in this remarkable mountain range.
It is little wonder that wars were fought here ... the battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal are both beautiful and rich in natural resources. The Zulu people called it "Heaven" and both the British and the Boer Voortrekkers were prepared to fight for their claim to this "Promised Land". Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Ladysmith, Dundee and Blood River are just some of the famous landmarks, which bear witness to the struggles of the Zulu and Anglo-Boer Wars.
Blessed with hundreds of kilometres of magnificent coastline and sandy beaches fringed with hibiscus, Kwa-Zulu Natal is a beach-lovers paradise! The Dolphin Coast, to the north of Durban is a tourism mecca; cosmopolitan and vibey. The South Coast offers expansive golden beaches, 11 excellent golf courses, superb hiking trails, diving, birding, fishing, surfing, whale-watching, star-gazing, and vast tracts of sub-tropical bush. An Eden packed with adventures!
The Elephant Coast is undoubtedly one of South Africa's most beautiful and unspoilt areas. Just 200km long and 70km wide, the coastline is home to an incredible 21 different eco-systems, including the recently designated World Heritage Site, the Greater St Lucia Wetlands. Palm savannahs, swamp forests, wild orchids, towering fig trees, lush ferns, mountainous sand dunes and white sandy beaches; Big 5, crocodiles, hippos, whales, turtles, myriads of exotic and exquisite birds: This eco-tourism delight includes South Africa's oldest game reserve Hluhluwe Umfolozi, and Tembe Elephant Park, Ndumu, Maputaland, and the diving "meccas" of Kosi Bay and Sodwana.