Regions of Kwazulu Natal


Zululand - home of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, the oldest game reserve in Africa, and previously, King Shaka’s hunting grounds. The Hluhluwe Park’s historical significance dates back years, it was once the sole heir and reviver of the white rhino population.

Zululand is pridefully a malaria-free area, boasting a humid subtropical climate; the picturesque image of an ideal South African holiday. Zululand maintains custody of a rich heritage and cultural history. This makes it the ideal area for cultural excursions. With Shakaland and the Damazulu Cultural Village, one is presented with the chance to experience and learn of the Zulu culture.

This region is rich in nature reserves, wildlife park, and a variety of potential to come up and close with our healthy animal populous. If you look up, you’ll most likely see a bird here and there; this is owing to our bountiful bird population – bringing life to the Zululand Birding Route, which consists of over 650 species of bird.



The name is derived from its historical significance. This region accommodates the largest concentration of historically significant battle sites in the entirety of South Africa. There are over 82 areas relating to conflict and war; each with its own unique story; tying itself to our engrossing history.

There is a lot to be learnt as you journey through the Battlefield Routes. It will teach you of tragedy, triumph, betrayal and the ghosts of the past – that changed the trajectory of South African history. You can also bear witness to various re-enactments of different battles within the region; which submerges you into our enthralling history.

You will find a number of well-regarded game reserves, nature reserves and wildlife excursions during your travel; as is customary for the conventional South African holiday. Unique to the Battlefields are the hot-air balloon flights, providing you with an enticing view of a region near to Vryheid.

The Elephant Coast:

The Elephant Coast stretches far – pulling us from the tranquil wildlife of St Lucia, bearing part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, to the Mozambique Border. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a beautiful stretch of protected Wetland area, stretching hundreds of kilometres along the coast.

In the Elephant Coast you will find yourself wrapped up in a myriad of cultural experiences, wildlife tours, and water related excursions that are unique to the coastal regions. Kayaking, Scuba diving, Snorkelling, boat cruises and whale watching are just a few of the unique selling propositions of the region.

Kosi Bay’s turtle tours, which occur every night from 15 November to 15 January, are something that you do not want to miss, as giant leatherback and loggerhead turtle return to their birthplace to lay eggs. There is much more to enthral you however, be it, wild cat interactions at Emdoneni Lodge; or coming face to face with baby crocodiles at Hluhluwe’s Zulu Croc Centre, the Elephant Coast provides much for the prospective tourist.


North Coast:

As you traverse through the enticing wetlands of the Elephant Coast, to the enthralling cultural life of Zululand, down South, down the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll reach the North Coast – another one of our tourism hotspots. Affectionately known as the “Dolphin Coast”, the North Coast is, as you could have guessed, a popular beach destination. Dolphins are quite common in this stretch outlying the Indian Ocean due to the clear and shallow waters – Dolphins can often be spotted feeding close to the shoreline.

There’s no shortage of that holiday vibe in Ballito – with a huge variety of guesthouses, lodges and bed & breakfasts – and those beach vibes; popularly found at the main swimming beach – Willard Beach. Anglers will also find their spot here in Ballito – with no shortage of fishing spots.

Salt Rock, Zinkwazi, and Sheffield Beach –these are just a few of the prime beach destinations in this area; there’s much to be explored! Even if beaches aren’t quite your thing – Ballito hosts a number of other popular attractions including: The Umhlali Fort and Stanger for some history; or the local nature reserves for a safari experience; or a spa and shopping day at the variety of shopping centres. The North Coast might just be for you.


Durban, a lot can be said about Durban – did you know that Durban is home to the biggest shopping centre in South Africa, or that it is home to the 5th largest aquarium in the world? The city in the sun, “Durbs”, as the locals call it, is a massively popular tourist destination – and is the third most populated city in South Africa.


The warm subtropical climate, extensive beaches, and a diverse set of cultural and adventurous experiences – Durban is world class. The famous Moses Mabhida Stadium, which hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is located in Durban; who remembers the Vuvuzela’s? It is difficult to do justice to how significant Durban’s tourism scene is.

The Umhlanga Coast, a beach and shopping paradise; Sapphire Coast, where nature calls; The Valley of 1000 Hills, a breathtaking sub-tropical destination – the Durban region is the hearty-meal of excitement and intrigue that you’ve been on the hunt for. Casino and entertainment; shopping and eating out; vibrant nightlife; arts and culture; and adventurous experiences – all this and more can be indulged in and experienced at this busy-bee of a region. You’ll always have something to do.


Meander through the Midlands with the extensive and intriguing attractions that lie within this central Kwazulu-Natal region. Like any of our regions, the Midlands has no shortage of nature reserves, cultural attractions and historical landmarks – but what makes the Midlands really stand out are its exquisite terrain, misty forests, winding roads, and lush farmland. The Midlands is your peaceful getaway; the Midlands are your South African escape.

Wine-tasting, homemade cheeses, chocolates and little bakeries make the Midlands a perfect destination for the foodie. The farmers markets, curio shops and road-side stalls make this an equally perfect destination for the shopaholic. Measurably it is great for the artist – with a range of galleries and monuments to intrigue the mind – to turn the cogs. Horse riding and canopy tours add that little extra for the adventure-junkie too; without disturbing the peace.

The Midlands is not a region that you rush through – the Midlands need to be savoured, like a fine wine, and appreciated for the little intricacies that form the wholeness of the intricate beauty of this soul-searching destination. So enjoy, relax and take a drive through the Midlands Meander – a good place, a place where you find rest.

South Coast:


The South Coast, another endless summer – another holiday destination where the sun doesn’t stop, and nor do the people. The South Coast boasts a boat-load of blue flag beaches – where you can not only launch your boats; but bask in the beautiful climate, beautiful people, beautiful atmosphere and equally beautiful infrastructure. The warm Indian Ocean waters of the South Coast are a massive attraction point during busy festive seasons.

The South Coast also grants access to a variety of diving locations, fishing spots, hiking trails, and golf courses – in fact it is a must for any golfer; being a prime and extremely popular golfing destination. Similarly, the South Coast is regarded as having one of the best regions for game fish. Our southernmost beach location does even more to impress with a 23-metre-high waterfall at Uvongo Beach; the highest natural abseiling site in the world at Oribi Gorge; and being regarded as one of the world’s top warm water diving spots.

The South Coast expresses itself not only through exquisite landscape, beautiful beaches, bustling tourist activity, and myriad activities – but through cultural and historical significance; winding back the clock nearly two thousand years – and with the natural expressive beauty of Zulu culture, there will be much to be explored. The South Coast is your ticket to adventure, relaxation, and with luck, a good catch.


A mountain range spanning over 200 kilometres, reaching heights of over 3400 metres – a world heritage site, biologically diverse and hosting fossils that speak volumes about our world’s history; the Drakensberg is a sight to behold. Its presence produces awe; its voice produces keen hearing. The Drakensberg tells a tale of history – of the previously native San people; rock art that produces a hard-thump in the chest – and a sensation in the stomach. The Drakensberg is truly incredible.

There are plenty of nature reserves, hiking trails, and landforms to witness – such as the Tugela Falls; a 948-metre drop in a series of five waterfalls – the highest waterfall series in the world, we might add. The mountain treks are definitely a favourite – tourists from all over the world come to cover these mountain ranges; guided or not, these trails will leave with you a permanent imprint of natural beauty.  Giant’s Castle also finds itself high up on the to do list – being home to about 40 percent of South Africa’s rock art collection.

Drakensberg is home to a number of places of historical interest – such as the Himeville Museum, Carbineer’s Graves, and the Winterton Museum; to name a few. These attractions and more will showcase some of Drakensberg’s richer history. You might even find yourself fly-fishing in the Southern Drakensberg’s Sani Valley; or at Lake Naverone – your only limit is your own time; there’s plenty to keep you busy at this awe-inducing World Heritage Site.

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