Home to teeming game reserves and echoing battlegrounds, flanked by mountain peaks and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has everything that South African holidays are famous for: long golden beaches, abundant wildlife, a diverse and welcoming people, and a sunny sub-tropical climate.
It's easy holidaying country and if you’re looking for an independent-minded self-drive vacation, KwaZulu-Natal is a top choice. Well-maintained roads run right up the coast and into the interior which means you can easily swop the beach for the big game reserves and - unlike the tamer Garden Route - on a KwaZulu-Natal holiday you can also include activities such as scuba diving, battlefield tours and horse riding in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains.
The north of the province is where South Africa becomes Africa. Wild footprint-free beaches lie alongside some of the country’s top game reserves, and traditional Zulu homesteads cluster together on steep hillsides close to historic battlefields. Further south, the landscape softens as country lanes wind through the English shire-like pastures of the Natal Midlands and down to the vibrant city of Durban.
With so much variety on offer, compact and beautiful KwaZulu-Natal really does offer a world of experiences in a single holiday.
At a Glance
KwaZulu-Natal is where South Africa becomes Africa: big game, Zulu culture, colonial battlefields and amazing beaches make for diverse and rewarding holidays.