Kwa-Zulu Natal boasts an abundance of geographical areas allowing for a diverse range of experiences. Visitors can start with iSimangaliso Wetland Park, formerly known as St Lucia Wetland Park. iSimangaliso encompasses breath-taking landscapes and ecosystems all bursting with life! As a result, it was declared South Africa’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
From iSimangaliso, visitors can enjoy one of the world best fly-fishing spots in the world at the park’s Kosi Bay, the top diving destination of Sodwana Bay, South Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Sibaya, and the uMkhuze ecosystem, a 38 500ha bird lover’s paradise that plays host to over 420 bird species.
From wetlands to mountain, travellers to KZN can move on to the renowned Drakensberg mountain range, the highest in South Africa. The Drakensberg not only offers unparalleled panoramic views, but adventure activities like hiking, mountaineering, abseiling, quad biking, parasailing and hot air ballooning. If thrill-seeking is not your thing, why not enjoy some leisurely trout fishing, golf, kayaking, swimming or bird watching. The mountains and numerous valleys and river’s cater to just about everyone!
For those looking for a little bit of cultural history, the hundreds of caves and overhangs play host to a collection of over 30 000 San rock paintings.
If all of this doesn’t sate your appetite for nature, why not enjoy a Big Five safari at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Among South Africa’s largest game reserves, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi leaves visitors spoilt for choice as the reserve is home to cheetah, hippo, black and white rhino, lion, giraffe and so much more!
In addition to all of that (and so much more!), Kwa-Zulu Natal is also home to the busiest port in South Africa – Durban harbour.
Also known as “Surf City”, Durban is renowned for its spectacular surfing beaches, which stretch all the way from the harbour in the south to Umhlanga in the north. In addition to its beaches and promenade, Durban plays host to the striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World and some of the most diversely influenced architecture and cuisine.
When considering a visit to Kwa-Zulu Natal one should also consider exploring the South Coast, home to pristine beaches, and the world’s highest bungee swing at Oribi Gorge; the North Coast, or Dolphin Coast, where travellers can enjoy the sightings of hundreds of dolphins, or explore the legacy left behind by King Shaka at Shaka’s Rock.
In summary, KZN is the perfect holiday destination for a multi-cultural experience steeped in sensational beaches and soaring peaks, and everything in between!