KwaZulu Natal is called the Garden Province and is the home of the Zulu nation. It is situated along the coast of the Indian Ocean and is the host of 2 declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
KwaZulu Natal Highlights
The top destinations in the KwaZulu Natal region include the city of Durban, Umhlanga, the South Coast, the beautiful Midlands, St Lucia, the Drakensberg Mountains, as well as a whole range of game reserves. This province has a pleasant, year-round, tropical climate and the coastline lies on the warm Indian Ocean, making KZN a popular beach holiday destination.
The variety of highly reputable game reserves scatter the province, offering fantastic Big 5 game viewing in green, luscious splendor, while accommodation varies from the adventurous to the opulent.
The 'Land of the Zulus', as KZN is affectionately known, has a tide of history and unique cultural influence that is sure to interest visitors. The Battlefields is an area dedicated to the rememberance of the Zulu-Anglo-Boer War that ravaged the area over 70 years ago.
Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, the province is rich in the history and culture of this African tribe; however, the lively city of Durban has attracted an amalgamation African, European and Indian cultures.
This province boasts two World Heritage Sites, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which have been awarded their prestigious status due to their ecological uniqueness.
A thousand kilometres of mountain majesty, the Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains) is an adventure tourist's playground. It is also perfect for nature photography, easy walking or strenuous hikes, and ultimate relaxation.
There are numerous game reserves in KZN, offering everything from rustic to premier accommodation in Big 5 areas. Hluhluwe iMfolozi is where to go to visit the rhinos, while Nambiti Private Reserve offers a more exclusive experience.
St. Lucia is situated at the southern entrance of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site. This is a beautiful beach-and-bush destination, awarded its protected status for the ecological diversity and unique, scenic landscape.
The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is world renowned for white rhino conservation, and is one of the best places in the world to see both black and white species in the wild. It is a Big 5 reserve, so guests are sure to tick off a number of their favourite species.
Phinda Private Game Reserve is described as 'Seven Worlds of Wonder' with its seven distinct habitats, which make it one of the continent's best game viewing experiences. It is also home to the Big 5.
The Midlands Meander route is situated between the city of Pietermaritzburg in the East and the spectacular uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) in the West. The Meander is a combination of tourism routes that include accommodation, art and crafts, leisure, activities and restaurant stops.
How to Get there
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports to Durban International Airport, as well as Pietermaritzburg Airport. Upon arrival at the local airport, self-drive guests will collect their rental car, with maps and directions booked and organised by Sun Safaris.
Alternatively, there are many routes and maps available for guests who are self-driving Kwazulu Natal from elsewhere in South Africa.
Private air transfers can also be arranged from Durban airport to a safari location airstrip in Kwazulu Natal, which will speedily get guests to their bush accommodation.
Road transfers and taxi services are also available once guests arrive in Durban, should they like to take the road journey to their accommodation, but not drive themselves.
KwaZulu Natal Game Viewing and Activities
KwaZulu Natal offers a hive of entertainment. Some of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa can be found here; prime Indian Ocean beaches; the majestic Drakensberg Mountains; the iSimangaliso Wetland Park; the spectacular Midlands; and the historic Battlefields.
For sport fanatics, the sky is the limit with such a variety of entertaining sports on offer: magnificent golf courses, fishing spots, surfing, wind-surfing, as well as deep sea fishing and other boat cruises along the subtropical coastline.
The region is fondly known as the Zulu Kingdom; a pot of African, European and Indian cultures thriving together, offering a smorgasbord of different types of cuisine and culture.
Historical significance in the province is celebrated at the KZN Battlefields, a memorial to theZulu-Anglo-Boer war that tore the area to pieces so many years ago. The zulu culture is rich in KZN, offering visitors much to learn and experience about the country of South Africa.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. It is a big 5 reserve (with black rhino)