KWA-ZULU NATAL

Kwa-Zulu Natal


South Africa's playground, KwaZulu-Natal has spectacular mountain ranges, miles and miles of golden beaches, battlefields and some of the best game reserves in the country. Every June and July, hundreds of thousands of sardines make their way up the coast, getting trapped in bays and coves, they beach themselves and create much excitement at this natural extravaganza.

Shark cage Diving Scottburg

Big 5 - Pinda, Umfolozi & Hluhlu Game reserves

Shakaland cultural village - for the most authentic experience of Zulu Culture, We drive through sugar cane plantations and various historical landmarks to our destination "Shakaland". Thrill to the rhythm of the drums as the Zulus give you an amazing demonstration of traditional dances. You will learn about Zulu customs and lifestyles, and have an opportunity to sample some traditional Zulu beer

The St Lucia Wetland Park declared a UNESCO heritage site, must be the only place on the globe where the world’s oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the African elephant) share an ecosystem with the oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale)

To the far north of the St. Lucia Wetland Park is an area known as Maputaland. This unspoilt natural area of the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve combines a marine sanctuary with a wildlife reserve for those who delight in exploring a range of environments. From the Kosi Bay Marine Reserve in the north, marine sanctuaries extend southwards to include the Maputaland Marine Sanctuary, the Sodwana Bay National Park, and the St Lucia Marine Reserve down to Cape Vidal.

Maputuland Coastal forest reserve - KwaZulu Natal is exceptionally proactive in protecting its magnificent natural heritage, which is evident in the Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve of the north-east corner of South Africa - a declared World Heritage Site. The reserve stretches all the way from the Mozambique border in the north to Sodwana Bay in the south. The area offers an idyllic haven consisting of pristine forests and wetlands with strings of lakes and marshes and marine ecologies including remote and untouched beaches and beautiful coral reefs.

The Drakensberg Mountains or uKhahlamba (the Barrier of Spears) is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. The largest proportion of the Drakensberg area falls in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu people named it 'Ukhahlamba' and the Dutch Voortrekkers 'The Dragon Mountain'. The Drakensberg Mountains, with their awe-inspiring basalt cliffs, snow-capped in winter, tower over riverine bush, lush yellowwood forests and cascading waterfalls, form a massive barrier separating KwaZulu-Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho. The only road access to the Drakensberg is via Sani Pass, which at the top, boasts the highest pub in Africa, 3 000 metres above sea level.

Combining sheer natural beauty with a wealth of biological diversity, this 243 000 hectare mountainous region known as the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park has been preserved and venerated for eons since the San people or bushmen roamed these slopes. Tens of thousands of paintings depicting their daily life can be found on the rock faces, and in December 2000, the park received international recognition and was declared KwaZulu-Natal's second World Heritage Site.

And of course, there are the mountains, which must be conquered. The fearless may choose to try sheer rock or ice- climbing - or they may prefer the adrenaline rush provided by abseiling, white water rafting or taking a helicopter ride to view the Drakensberg mountains from above.

The Midlands Meander in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, is a collection of arranged routes that offer visitors hospitality in truly beautiful surroundings, outstanding accommodation, conference and wedding facilities, fascinating local events, fabulous restaurants, revitalising outdoor activities and over-the-top adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, and best of all “shop-till-you-drop” unique arts and crafts.

Isandwana / Anglo Boer war Battlefields … Shaka, Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Colenso, Spioenkop, Ladysmith, Dundee, Churchill, Blood River, Cetshwayo, Boers ... these are some of the terms which are associated with the internationally renowned KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields area of South Africa.

Walk in the footsteps of famous military strategists - Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha - they were all part of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields. The wind sighs and whispers the secrets and sorrows of great battles, made visible by lone forts and small graveyards on these undulating landscapes ringed with rocky outcrops.

The legacy of our Zulu Kingdom's critical, blood-soaked conflicts today lives peacefully - reconciled in this fascinating region's myriad Battlefield sites, historic towns, national monuments and museums - and in HQs of the British regiments who make a 'pilgrimage' to these fields of bravery and supreme sacrifice.