Durban is known for its African, Indian, and colonial influences. It has a great seafront promenade and a huge theme park with an aquarium. If you are keen on water sports, head for the Golden Mile beachfront or hone your surfing skills at the challenging Cave Rock at Brighton Beach. Inland, there are colourful street markets where Zulu shopkeepers offer traditional medicines, and all manner of delicious Indian street foods are on sale. If culture is more your thing, visit the Campbell Collections, a museum-library that displays African art and artefacts.
The Drakensberg, or Dragon Mountain, covers some 200km and cuts through KwaZulu-Natal providing plentiful opportunities to enjoy hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. For incredible game viewing, Kwa-Zulu-Natal’s answer to the Kruger is the Phinda Private Game Reserve. During a few days here you are likely to see all of Africa’s Big Five and a host of other wildlife including giraffe, and the elusive wild dog.
KwaZulu-Natal’s battlefields offer an altogether different touristic experience. This is the land of Rorke’s Drift and other Anglo-Zulu War battlegrounds. The guides here are passionate about military history and will bring each battle and siege to life as you visit the key sites.