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KwaZulu-Natal

The province of Natal was renamed to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) after South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. It was formed by the integration of the former KwaZulu homeland and the former province of Natal. KwaZulu means "home of the Zulu". Natal is Portuguese for Christmas, a name given by the explorer Vasco da Gama as he sighted the KZN coastline on Christmas Day while exploring a sea route to India in 1497.

KZN is a traveler's haven providing something for any range of tastes. The North Coast and northern seaboard is a wilderness mecca. Here you will find private game reserves, provincial game reserves, world heritage sites, long stretches of non-commercial undeveloped sandy beaches and top-notch offshore scuba diving - to name but a few. The northern interior boasts yet more wildlife destinations as well as a treasure trove of Zulu cultural destinations (e.g. Shakaland).

In the province's central interior lies the magnificent Drakensberg (Afrikaans for “Dragon Mountain’). The Zulu people call it uKhahlamba (The Barrier of Spears). It is a hiker's and nature lover's paradise.

Southwards of the port city of Durban the coast is quite commercialized, offering an almost unending collection of small beach resorts, a perfect destination for a family beach holiday.

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Tours that include KwaZulu-Natal

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .

White Rhino in Kruger

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R13,905 per person sharing (±US$ 1,019 )
R3,230 single supplement (±US$ 236 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .

Shakaland - traditional dress

Duration: 1 days, None nights
Tour Type: City & day tours
Price: R1,835 per person (±US$ 134 )

Valid dates: Nov 2016 - Oct 2017


Our full day tour to the Shakaland (Zulu) Cultural Village departs daily from Durban & Umhlanga hotels. At the _Shakaland_ you will be briefed by a Zulu guide on the legendary King Shaka’s exploits, view Zulu traditions and craft, cultural dances and enjoy South African delicacies for lunch.

Highlights: KwaZulu-Natal , Zulu people of South Africa .

KwaZulu-Natal attractions

Zulu men performing traditional dances at a cultural village.

Zulu people of South Africa

IsiZulu, the language of the Zulu People, has the most speakers of all eleven official languages of South Africa. They are a people with a proud military tradition, starting with the remarkable history of King Shaka. Even today, in modern South Africa, the Zulu nation has a king, recognized by the Government of South Africa.

A landscape in the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along a coastal belt of 220 km and covers an area of 332,000 ha. It includes three major lake systems and five interlinking eco systems. It features a huge diversity of animal, plant and marine life.

Durban's main beachfront, also known as the Golden Mile.

Durban

Durban is the largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. It is a very popular holiday destination for South Africans and foreigners alike, partly for its array of tourist attractions and entertainment venues but primarily because of its sub-tropical climate and beaches. The main tourism activity in Durban is spending time on the beach.

Horse-riding on the beach near St. Lucia on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

KwaZulu-Natal North Coast

The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa with its wonderful stretches of unspoiled sandy beaches and the moderate climate offers swimming all year round. Inland you see rolling fields of sugar cane. The coast is known as the Dolphin coast, due to the frequent sighting of dolphins in the waves nearby.

A section of the Leisure Bay coastine on KwaZulu-Natal's popular South Coast - South Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal South Coast

The KwaZulu-Natal South coast in South Africa is a popular holiday destination for South African and international visitors. This stretch of coast offers a multitude of excellent swimming beaches that can be used all year round and also the regular viewing of dolphins and whales.

Hiker's take in the view of the Amphi Theatre in the Northern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal - South Africa.

The Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountain range is the largest and highest range in South Africa. The name “Drakensberg” is Afrikaans and means “dragon mountain. The mountains run from northeast in the Mpumalanga Province southwest into the Eastern Cape. It stretches over more than 1000 km. The highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana with an elevation of 3428 m.