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KwaZulu-Natal Travel Tips and Tourist Information for the KwaZulu-Natal


KwaZulu-Natal Accommodation

KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate for most of the year with the summer months being very hot and humid. During the winter inland areas are clear and cool, and cold in areas of high altitude such as the Drakensberg. These mountains are high enough to be seen covered in snow during the winter months also. Visitors to KwaZulu-Natal can enjoy a host of natural wonders, modern facilities, fascinating cultures and a rich history all surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful landscape with a variety of settings.

KwaZulu -Natal also offers two heritage sites in The Drakensberg and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and primary game reserves such as Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Itala, Mkuze, Ndumo, Phinda and Tembe Elephant Park.

Durban, whose Zulu name Thekwani means "the place where the earth and the ocean meet", is the gateway to this unique holiday destination with easy access via road or plane to the historic city of Pietermaritzburg. From here you are within easy reach of the Natal Midlands and the amazing Drakensberg area.

KwaZulu-Natal's capital city, Durban, offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere and summer sunshine all year round. Holiday makers from all over the world converge on the city to play on the golden, palm-fringed sands. The lovely climate brings holiday makers to their favourite KwaZula-Natal coastal haunts to cultivate a tan, ride the waves, eat, drink and generally have fun.

In addition to just lapping up the sun there are calm lagoons where surfing, snorkelling, fishing and swimming are enjoyed, or you can play golf, bowls and tennis. From Durban to Amanzimtoti, Ballito to Umhlanga Rocks, to the rugged Wild Coast, the highway links popular seaside resorts in rapid succession.

North of Durban, the coastline stretching from the Tugela Mouth to the Umdloti River is aptly known as the Dolphin Coast. Close to the shore, you can view pods of bottle-nose dolphins play in the waves, providing endless entertainment. 

Possibly the best stretch of coast line along the entire Natal North Coast is the Umhlanga Coastline. Umhlanga offers a combination of quiet village life with first world amenities and a cosmopolitan buzz. It also offers a diversity of activities in exotic and magnificent landscapes.

Continuing north, KwaZulu-Natal's game reserves capture the best of the African wilderness. Here you can find one of the few places where good game viewing can be enjoyed in close proximity to the pleasures of scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Most parks offer peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodation, game drives, hiking and walking safaris.

The Elephant Coast can be found in the north-east region of South Africa's unique KwaZulu-Natal Province, stretching northward from the world heritage site at Lake St Lucia, to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique. The Elephant Coast is so named because it is home to South Africa's largest herd of indigenous African Elephants.

In between these beautiful coastlines and the majestic Drakensberg, there is an area of gentle calm beauty known as the Natal Midlands. Here the road meanders through rolling wooded hills and grassy plains scattered with towns, villages and friendly country inns. On lush farmlands, plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze and game sanctuaries throughout the region support large numbers and varieties of wildlife.