Overview

KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean. The western part of the KwaZulu-Natal is marked by the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, which has several peaks well over 3000 metres. Between the mountains and the humid, subtropical coastline is savannah grassland, but there are also areas of indigenous forest along the coast. There are pretty beaches around the city but you can also head up the North Coast to savour silky white sand and tropical warm waters. It is a summer rainfall area, with a climate that ranges from extremely hot along the coast in summer, to heavy snow on the mountains in winter.Most of the population are Zulus, who are descendants of the famous King Shaka. You will certainly meet these people on your visit to KwaZulu-Natal and you can relive the history of their kingdom and their famous tussles with the Boers and British by visiting the battlefields.

Top Destinations ‐ KwaZulu-Natal

Drakensberg

KwaZulu-Natal

In Zulu the range is known as uKhahlamba, meaning 'barrier of spears'. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is approximately two hours' drive from Durban and the Indian Ocean. It lies within the Drakensberg mountain range in KwaZulu-Natal province and spans 150km over 243 000 hectares of land. It winds north, through Mpumalanga, where it includes features such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels and God's Window.

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North Coast

KwaZulu-Natal

The North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, stretches from Zimbali in the south to the Thukela River in the north. KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast is also known as the Dolphin Coast due to the hundreds of bottlenose dolphins that frequent this part of the coast. They can be seen all year round, swimming in the warm waters just offshore.

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South Coast

KwaZulu-Natal

The South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal stretches from Durban, south to the start of the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast. Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Uvongo and Ramsgate are some of the towns comprising the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Its beautiful beaches are the main attraction, although golfing and adventure destinations also feature prominently among the popular attractions.

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Top Accommodation ‐ KwaZulu-Natal

Wild Coast Sun

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • TypeHotel

Less than a two hour scenic drive along the South Coast from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, the Wild Coast Sun is a family-friendly resort that offers premium accommodation and leisure activities in the Eastern Cape.

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Fairmont Zimbali Resort

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • TypeHotel

Fairmont Zimbali Resort is an exclusive and elegant gateway to nature situated on a pristine stretch of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast. It is a place of expansive beauty, endowed with lush vegetation and an abundance of indigenous wildlife.

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Top Golf Courses ‐ KwaZulu-Natal

Wild Coast Sun Country Club

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Par70
  • Distance5329 metres 5827 yards
  • DesignerRobert Trent Jones Jr.

The Wild Coast Sun Golf Course might seem like a push-over at first glance with less than 6 000 metres in length with six par threes. In reality the Wild Coast Sun is one of South Africa's most testing layouts and renowned American golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Jnr has created a dramatic golfing experience overlooking the Ocean.

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Zimbali Country Club

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Par73
  • Distance6524m
  • DesignerTom Weiskopf

Zimbali Country Club lies on the breathtaking Zimbali Coastal Resort situated on a pristine stretch of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast. a place of expansive beauty, endowed with lush vegetation and an abundance of indigenous wildlife - appropriately it's Zulu name means ‘valley of flowers’.

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