KwaZulu Natal - A world in one province....
If South Africa is a ‘World in one Country’, then surely a KwaZulu Natal holiday can offer ‘A World in one Province’, due to its mix of culture, landscapes, wildlife and beaches. From game viewing to hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains; from relaxing on a warm Indian Ocean beach to touring the fascinating Zulu Battlefields; KwaZulu Natal has appeal for everyone.
The private game reserves and lodges of KwaZulu Natal are not as well known as those in the Kruger Park. But they are definitely worth considering, especially if you want to follow your safari with a beach holiday.
The Natal Battlefields are a beautiful yet eerie place. The name is a collective referring to an area of rural cattle country in KwaZulu Natal. Here, many of the epic Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer battles of the 19th century were fought. This is an enduring story of courage and self-sacrifice, bloodshed and tragedy.
The Drakensberg mountains, or ‘The berg’, as South Africans call it, is a spectacular region to visit in KwaZulu Natal. It offers everything from serious mountain hiking to gentle rambles beside crystal streams and through wooded glades. It was South Africa’s second World Heritage Site.
The main pleasure of the Drakensberg mountains is the glorious walking on offer, but there are other delights. The Drakensberg offer some superb examples of ancient Bushmen rock paintings at Giants Castle and Kamberg nature reserves. You can visit many arts and craft studios in the Central Drakensberg, such as the famous Ardmore studios. There are also weekly musical recitals by the world-class Drakensberg Boys Choir – if you time your visit right!
Sonja BrandAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- Excellent winter climate (May to August) with warm sunny and dry days.
- Long stretches of pristine beach.
- Big Five game-viewing in Hluhluwe, Phinda, Thanda and Amazulu game reserves.
- Hiking in the Drakensberg mountains.
- Enthralling Battlefields tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
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When to visit KwaZulu Natal
November to mid-March
Summer in KwaZulu Natal
Mid-March to mid-May
Dry season in KwaZulu Natal
June to mid-August
Winter in KwaZulu Natal
Mid-August to October
Spring in KwaZulu Natal
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Spectacular"The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away. The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it. Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards." Mr Martin Butler, UK
Experiences in KwaZulu Natal
- LandscapeSouth Africa’s Highest Mountain Range is in KZN
- AnimalsOne of the largest White Rhino Populations’ Habitat is in KwaZulu Natal