When you think of the safari, South Africa undoubtedly comes to mind. The nation, with nine diverse provinces, has much to offer any wanderer willing to brave the wild.
Imagine getting lost in the epic wilderness of the safari, encountering wildlife creatures, surfing off the Eastern cape coast, trekking through nature reserves, and filling your belly with hearty local meals like Bobotie. Elevate the experience by understanding the nation’s tumultuous history, embracing its colourful culture and mingling with the natives.
Already craving for your South Africa holidays? If you ever have to be selective in the provinces you visit, we urge you to never pass up on KwaZulu-Natal.
KwaZulu-Natal may be the third smallest province in South Africa, but it is not to be missed. Overflowing with scenic views, wildlife, historical sites, and cultural attractions, the eclectic province is an all-around great destination.
The historical battlegrounds, stunning beaches in Durban, dramatic Drakensberg mountainscape serving as a backdrop make it a truly memorable destination.
Durban, the central hub in KwaZulu-Natal, is the third largest city in the entire South Africa. The laid back but busy city combines an eclectic mix of difference cultural backgrounds. You will meet people from all walks of life: a thriving Indian population, a community of English-speaking South Africans, and diverse travellers from all over the globe.
The city is the busiest port in Africa. With a yearlong subtropical climate, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are especially inviting to those who crave for some sun, sand and sea.
The beachfront is endearingly called Golden Mile that shows six kilometres of golden sand along the coast. The most popular and prestigious resort in South Africa, uShaka Marine World, can be found in Durban. Beyond having one of the largest aquariums in the world, it also boasts world-class entertainment facilities.
If you are looking to enjoy Durban’s trendiest cuisine, arts and crafts, head over to the Wilson’s Wharf on the Victoria Embankment. Have fun amidst the rustic border of a boating marina.
It is easy to wander around the historic city. Get to know the city by exploring structures from the past. A visit to the City Hall, the local history museum, and the Old Fort is in order. The famed Mahatma Gandhi used to work as a barrister in Durban. It is disputed that his civil rights struggle may have started here. Many travellers take a tour around the city to retrace the steps of the well-loved and prominent Indian political leader.
No visit to Durban is complete without exploring its wildlife. Two of the popular, more accessible and easy to reach reserves are the Hluhluwe Umfolozi and Tala Private Game Reserve.
The Krantz Loof Gorge Nature reserve, situated on the outskirts of the city, is widely known for its incredible waterfalls. Looking for a coastal wildlife experience? Do not miss to visit the ST Lucia Waterlands Park.
The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, with its two hundred kilometres long escarpment, is easily the most impressive mountain in South Africa. Locals endearingly call the diverse wonderland the Berg. With peaks exceeding 3000 meters, the uKhahlamba or ‘barrier of spear’ in Zulu, sets a vibrant backdrop to the province.
A trip to the park is simply a perfect excursion for nature lovers. The high-altitude wetlands serve as home to a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as animal species. Additionally, it features river valleys, rugged cliffs, mountain streams and scenic hiking trails. There is no doubt why the Berg draws thousands of wanderers every year.
Did you know that you could experience chilly weather in South Africa? Plan your trip during the winter season. The slopes are will be coated in snow and are easily transformed into a haven for winter sports enthusiasts!
Do not fret if you are not a huge fan of skiing or snowboarding. There are many adventures awaiting anyone who travels to the Berg. Go kayaking, tube riding, swimming or even fly-fishing. Appreciate the landscape more by doing 4×4 trails, mountain climbing, and hiking. You can also try spelunking in hundreds of caves in the valleys and cliffs of Drakensberg. While there, do not miss the chance to appreciate the rock art paintings that San people created to record their life stories over a 4000 year period. These remarkable images dating back to the 19th are of great historical significance to the locals.
The best time to visit is during the warmer months of December through February. Not only is the weather agreeable but you can make the most out of the long days.
Many people travel to the nation to have an encounter with the ‘Big Five’. The term refers to five most difficult animals to hunt in the on foot in Africa namely the African lion, Cape buffalo, African leopard, African elephant, and rhinoceros.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal is among the largest game reserves in the country. It is a safe haven for the rare white and black rhinoceros.
Photographers and explorers have a lot to look forward to. The reserve is also home to cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, jackals, giraffes and wild dogs, which makes the reserve an ultimate wildlife escapade.
For tourists who visit the park, having a close encounter with the world’s largest animal can easily be the highlight of their visit. There are well-hidden viewing spots put in place so visitors can have a unique and unusually close experience with these beautiful creatures.
Let us help you get unique and tailor-made experience in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Get the best the province has to offer by booking your trip through CLB Global Travel.
Charles is a world traveler having lived in 44 states and 11 countries and traveled to dozens more. He and his wife spend time between London, Ireland, Canada, and the Philippines.