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.-->
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.