South Africa is a place of great scenic beauty and home to many breathtaking spots, but few are as impactful as the stunning Kwazulu Natal. With scenery ranging from towering mountains to silky-soft beaches, there's plenty to admire about this special place...
One of the first things you may learn about the Kwazulu Natal is it's historical heritage as the battleground that hosted a number of Zulu wars and now holds the legacy of the people. Regarded as the Zulu kingdom and home to this mighty African tribe, the nation is highly regarded for its military tactics employed in wars against the Boers and British.
King Shaka was at the forefront of introducing these tactics and the best place to turn back time and re-live these battles is right here. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Zulu culture at villages around the province, before learning the intricacies of these battles on specially designed routes that truly illustrate how history unravelled here.
The Zulu heritage goes far beyond the battlefields though, the San (Bushmen) also carry an inspiring history and one which you can see right before your eyes. Head to the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains and behold tens of thousands of San rock paintings, each telling their own story.
The mountains themselves are to be marvelled at. As a World Heritage Site, this exquisite area offers gorgeous views for walking and hiking trails, as well as adventure activities. Here, you'll also find the Ukhalamba-Drakensburg National Park here, which features abundant biodiversity perfect for wildlife spotting with 300 bird species and 48 mammal species.
These mountains give way to the rolling hills of the Midlands Meander, a tourism route that features almost 200 destinations focused around the arts, crafts and cultures of the region. Venutre through the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills and onto Pietermaritzburg and Durban where you can once again bring history to life by following the Freedom Route and learning of the liberation efforts of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
From here, you can explore the pristine coastline and head on to the north, where you can discover Zululand, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and several game reserves including the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve on the Elephant Coast.