Regions of Kwazulu Natal

Kwazulu-Natal has many stories to tell - be it at the historical fish traps of the Elephant Coast; the stories of triumph and defeat at the battlefields; the stories of bloodshed and rock art in the Drakensberg Mountains; or the rich cultural history of Zulu people at local rural villages – there is much to be learnt, explored and traversed. Kwazulu-Natal has a mighty cry – a cry to be heard; a song to be sung.

The current state of our historical and cultural tourism is ever-growing. Tourists come in adoration of our country. South Africa’s tourism industry in general is expected to grow to roughly 2.1 million jobs by 2028 – that’s a massive economic impact. From observation alone one could see that this is an industry that is here to stay.

Stretching upwards from Port Edward to the boarders of Swaziland and Mozambique – Kwazulu-Natal has much to be discovered and learnt.  The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, our untouched haven, is a prime example of a fantastic heritage site. St Lucia’s local villages tell tales of a life unheard of by touring foreigners – where they can experience the rhythm of traditional Zulu dance, experience cultural-specific cuisine, learn of the history of the sangomas, and learn about the ways of the locals.

Up the coast tourists will be presented with opportunities to learn about much more than the Zulu – the Thonga people and their heritage, the long-kept fishing traditions, the local Shembe and Zion churches; there is so much that tourists can explore – it is almost an injustice to not bring expansion to this intriguing industry.

Zululand speaks its own language – and by that, I mean it has its own tales. Route 66 – Zululand’s heritage route was designed to speak these very tales. The Ultimatum Tree, an explanation within itself, tells a tale of the British presenting an ultimatum to the Zulu King. This is just one of the many tales to explore on this extensive route. As part of this extensive route: forts, battles, gravesites, museums, and cemeteries – many blood-stained and rich stories to be sought out.

 

The Kwazulu-Natal Battlefield Route – an extensive 82 destination route of battlefields, museums, forts and places of interest; there is absolutely no shortage of heritage here. The Battlefield Route was actually named the largest concentration of significant Battlefields in the history of South Africa, and the battlefield sites themselves remain largely unchanged.

You will find, even as part of our trademark Midlands Meander, a myriad of historic landmarks, arts and crafts centres, and no shortage of museums showcasing our art, history, and notably Fort Nottingham museum – hidden inside an old fort; telling tales of the early settlers who came to the Midlands around 1856.

The Kwazulu-Natal side of the Drakensberg Mountains alone leave much to be explored and learnt. The rock art alone is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in the entirety of our Rainbow Nation. The oldest painting in the park is an astounding 2400 years old. There is a massive past to explore here – and an extensive history of the life of the San to be learnt.

Even our very own South Coast has an incredible story to tell. Curiously, up until the late 1800s Port “Shepstone was known as “No Man’s Land” – carrying the remnants of the tribes who fled southward from Shaka and Dingaan, and others – there is a greater story to tell then this of course; but this breathes as a testimony of the many journeys that occurred. There is undoubtedly much more in terms of cultural heritage – but this brings to mind a point.

Kwazulu-Natal is by every definition of the word, rich in history – with countless opportunities for expansion and growth in a massive number of regions. As mentioned before, it is an injustice to not take hold of this incredible God-bestowed gift.

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