KwaZulu Natal tourist attractions have become popular as a result of much advertising over recent years and featured as the Zulu Kingdom. It is regrettable that many from abroad miss the KwaZulu Natal tourist attractions, as the province has the most to offer visitors in a variety of experiences. KwaZulu - the place of the Zulu in the north and Natal in the south, named by Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer of the 15th Century when he passed the shores of this coast on Christmas day en-route to India.This beautiful Indian Ocean coastline of some 370 km, has a hot, humid tropical climate.
To the West is the spectacular Drakensberg Mountain Range forming the border with the Kingdom Of Lesotho, a splendid backdrop to the Drakensberg Resorts and Hotels. The green Midlands region is a peaceful haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, horse riding, watersports and trout fishing.For many years KwaZulu Natal has been known as the Garden Province for good reasons which you will discover when you take your holiday or vacation to KwaZulu Natal. KwaZulu Natal accommodation is of an excellent standard in any form, catering for South Africa's family holidays, Beach holidays, Adventure and Safari in the KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves.
Durban is the biggest city and second largest in the country, a holiday playground of South Africa. KwaZulu Natal has golden sandy beaches of world standard with high standard accommodation. The coastline north and south of Durban also boasts beautiful beaches and forests. If you can tear yourself away from the warm water, visit Battlefields historical sites or a Zulu cultural village.
When leaving Durban on the N3 dual carriageway, it should take just under an hour to reach Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the province. Taking the Old road is an interesting but slow scenic route, which takes in small towns such as Gillits, Hillcrest and Assagay, which offer beautiful scenery and places of interest such as the Valley of a thousand Hills and the Zulu cultural village.Pietermaritzburg is the provincial capital, a city with a Victorian flavour, which is worth spending some time at. The architecture has been well preserved and there are places of historical significance relating to the Zulu wars, the arrest of Mahatma Ghandi and more.The topography rapidly rises up inland to the spectacular Drakensberg mountain range within three hours drive from the coast to cooler temperatures. The forests and hills leading to the Drakensberg mountains are breathtaking. In the north of the province in historic Zululand there are mountains, the KwaZulu game reserves and the unique sand forests and lakes of Maputaland on the Elephant coast, which is a unique remote African experience not to be missed.
The Drakensberg region is divided into three areas known as the Northern, Central and Southern Drakensberg, known to locals as the Berg. The area offers excellent hiking, climbing and birding opportunities. The weather can change rapidly, so caution needs to be taken. The area abounds in flora, birdlife and caves with the original San inhabitant's rock art.There is accommodation to suite your budget from self catering, bed and breakfast to luxury hotels.
KwaZulu Natal Climate Information.
KwaZulu-Natal experiences subtropical climate with hot humid conditions in summer and very mild winters. This region receives summer rainfall. The mountainous areas further west are extremely chilly in winter as snow does fall on the Drakensberg Mountains and the midlands.
The Elephant Coast.
The Elephant Coast offers many of the splendors South Africa has to offer. Included in The Elephant Coast is the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park world Heritage Site, The iMfolozi Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Duma Zulu Cultural Village, Pongola Reserve, Jozini Dam and many Cultural Experiences in between.
The Elephant Coast is a one stop KwaZulu Natal Tourist attraction.This is a large chunk of sub-tropical paradise stretching 220km along the East Coast from St Lucia to the Mozambique border.There are a mind-blowing range of natural systems on the Elephant Coast, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, mangroves, savanna grassland, thickets, woodlands, and the largest protected wetland in Southern Africa.
The KwaZulu Natal Battlefields.
For those of us with an interest in history, the Battlefields region will transport you back to times of the British Empire. KwaZulu Natal is a beautiful territory which was much fought over amongst the Nguni clans which saw the forging of the Zulu nation by King Shaka Zulu. Then followed the clash between Boer pioneers and the Zulu, culminating in the battle of Blood River.
Later Brit and Zulu clashed, with battles such as Isandlwana, Rorke's drift, Kambula, Eshowe and finally Ulundi, which saw the end of a mighty power in Africa-the Zulu regimental system. Peace was not to last long, as the clash between the British empire and the Boer Republics made Northern Natal the front line.Visit Spioenkop, Ladysmith and Talana museum at Dundee.
Zulu Cultural Village
Zulu land is the heart of Zulu culture and where the Zulu nation and empire was born. It is here that Africa's game reserves were first proclaimed and in recent decades the Hluhluwe-Umfolosi game reserve was at the fore-front in saving White Rhino's from extinction. The reserves have increased in number and quality in recent years with increased community participation which ensures the proceeds of tourism is used to benefit tribal communities. An example is the Tembe Elephant Reserve, the home of Africa's biggest Elephants.
The area is a bird-watching paradise.
The countryside in Zululand includes wetlands, majestic sand forest - one of the most threatened vegetation types in South Africa, rain forest to savanna, with undulating hills rich in culture and history. Here the visitor is able to participate and be immersed in Zulu culture experience.
KwaZulu-Natal : Tourist Attractions and Accommodation
KwaZulu Natal BeachesThe beaches in KZ-Natal benefit from the warmth of the Indian Ocean Mocambique current and provide bathing most of the year and some of the best waves for surfing enthusiasts. Off-shore and deep sea fishing opportunities abound, particularly during the summer season when the shoals of sardines migrate up the coast from the Cape. These little fish are washed ashore in countless tons and provide a feast for the many predator fish, which has a rewarding spin-off for fishermen. Huge schools of Dolphins surf the waves, putting on a spectacular display for those who may be watching on shore.The marine life is spectacular in the tropical waters, so providing a fantastic experience for deep sea diving and snorkelling, particularly the stretch between Sodwana and Kosi Bay. The mountains and wetlands of surrounding KwaZulu Natal provide opportunities for hiking, mountaineering and bird watching. For tourism industry purposes, the province is divided into 7 regions: South Coast, Dolphin Coast, Elephant Coast, Midlands, Drakensberg, Battlefields and Zululand.
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KwaZulu Natal Midlands.
This is the inland area of KwaZulu-Natal, situated between Pietermaritzburg and the Drakensberg mountain range. Again the alternate route to the N3 Dual carriageway will yield pleasant surprises.
The midlands region is a feast for the eyes, with more places and activities to take in than would be possible in a short stay.
There are several small towns located in the Midlands, including: Howick, Hilton, Balgowan, Nottingham Road and Mooiriver that offer numerous bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels for KwaZulu accommodation.
The Midlands Meander.
A tourism route with many tourist attractions that include KwaZulu Natal accommodation, art and crafts and restaurant stops. The Kz Natal midlands main industry is farming and forestry.
The countryside has green rolling hills, misty valleys and offers trout fishing,equestrian sports and other outdoor pursuits.
The Midmar and Albert Falls dams have sailing and powerboating events and good angling for enthusiasts.
Searchable Map of KwaZulu Natal.