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KwaZulu-Natal

Land of the Zulus

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.
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Rocktail Beach Lodge
The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is home to the best beach and dive sites in South Africa. Staying at the gorgeous and laidback Rocktail Beach Camp you can explore the wonders of the Maputaland Marine Reserve, above and below the ocean waves.
Accommodation:
Phinda Private Game Reserve
&Beyond has created an extraordinary collection of boutique properties in the Phinda Private Game Reserve, each of which has distinctive character. All six of these exclusive lodges are set in the phenomenal locations, from bird rich wetlands to a dense and mysterious forest.
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Fugitive's Drift
South Africa’s military history comes alive when you to stay at Fugitives Drift Lodge on the battlegrounds of the 1879 Zulu War. This fascinating property will appeal to amateur historians and wildlife lovers alike as a private game reserve is nearby.
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Thonga Beach Lodge
If you are dreaming of paradise beach but don’t fancy flying to a remote island, Thonga Beach Lodge is the perfect compromise. You can stay on the mainland in South Africa, but still dive, snorkel, and swim with diverse marine life.