South Africa's playground, Kwazulu-Natal has spectacular mountains ranges, miles and miles of golden beaches, battlefields and some of the best game reserves in the country.
Kwazulu-Natal's natural beauty is capped by the Drakensberg Mountains, a magnificent range worth visiting throughout the year, and dotted with numerous top quality resorts to accommodate your needs.
In the captivating Drakensberg mountain range, visitors can enjoy some of the most spectacular and breathtaking scenic views, coupled with exhilarating walks and hiking trails, as well as numerous sporting activities, such as golf, horse back riding and tennis amongst others.
The KwaZulu-Natal Coast is the holiday playground for all-year-round brilliant sunshine, blue sea, golden sands and beautiful scenery. There is a tremendous variety of holiday resorts nestled amongst the sub-tropical forests, where the lush green foliage shelters stunning birdlife, and where numerous troops of Vervet monkeys can be regularly seen providing amazing acrobatic displays.
The coast also offers one of the finest angling areas in the country, and each year in June and July, shoals of pilchards migrate up from the Cape, in what is known as the Sardine Run, and as they near KwaZulu-Natal, they begin to hug the coastline, with the sea currents bringing them ever closer to shore. Hot on their tails are large numbers of big-game fish, providing marvellous opportunities for anglers and sardine hunters, and where sardine fever is at its frolicking best.
Visitors to KwaZulu-Natal will not be short of things to see and do, and the friendly people in the province will make your stay a most enjoyable and memorable experience.
Durban, it's where the fun never sets, with its golden miles of beaches and the awesome uShaka Marine World. A trip to the Valley of 1000 Hills is a must, offering visitors a unique cultural experience among valleys, dams and breathtaking vistas. The bustling holiday town of Amanzimtoti, just south of Durban, offers miles of golden beaches, perfect waves and warm waters for those wanting to laze around in the sun and enjoy the surf.
uShaka Marine World, Fitsimons Snake Park, Minitown, Durban National Botanical Gardens, Mitchell Park, Inanda Dam, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Phezulu Safari Park, Valley of 1000 Hills, city tours, museums, golf, art galleries, horse riding, hiking, 4x4 routes, fishing, surfing and scuba diving.
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Its coast town offer visitors every type of beach and ocean related activities, from surfing and tanning to deep sea fishing and scuba diving. One of the most exciting annual events is the Sardine Run, where hundreds of thousands of sardines make their way up the coast, getting caught in coves and beaching themselves, take a drive along the coastline to spot them and get in on the action, it's heaps of fun, especially for the youngsters.
Greenpoint Lighthouse, Sardine Run, Aliwal Shoal, Crocworld, Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve, Umdoni Park, Komba Bird Sanctuary, Nkumbane Dam, beaches, fishing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, horse riding, golf, hiking, bird watching and game viewing.
This region is known for its many lively coastal towns, perfect beaches and excellent fishing spots. The area also has many nature reserves where game viewing and bird watching are abundant. Visit the Shell Museum, Uvongo Bird Park, Wild Coast Water World and the Petrified Forest as well as taking a trip on the Banana Express Steam Train. It is fun for the kids and the adults, the Hibiscus Coast has everything you need, sun, surf and sightseeing galore.
Sardine Run, Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, Uvongo Nature Reserve, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, Above and Beyond Space Centre, beaches, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, horse riding, hiking trails, 4x4 routes and golf.
East Griqualand is a small region that lies between the Eastern Cape, Hibiscus Coast and the Drakensberg regions and has lots to offer, especially in the winter months when the snow falls on the surrounding mountains and makes for perfect snowboarding and building snowmen. Polo is a standing family tradition in the area, so sit back, relax and watch the match. Afterwards there are cosy pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy a hearty meal.
Mount Currie Nature Reserve, Kokstad Museum, Wilfred Bauer ,Nature Reserve, Mountain Lake Nature Reserve, hiking trails, game viewing, bird watching, mountain biking, fly fishing, horse riding and golf.
A mountain range over 200 kilometers in length and over 3300m at the highest points, these majestic mountians are the source of hundreds of hiking trails, ranging from short 30 minute walks to 5 and 6 day hikes covering over 65km's. For those that are not up to hiking, there are horse riding, mountain biking and 4x4 trails galore, as well as white water rafting, abseiling, mountain climbing and fly fishing. So for a room with a view and a getaway from the bustle of city life, escape to the Drakensberg.
4x4 Routes, hiking trails, mountaineering, abseiling, horse riding, golf, fly fishing, mountain biking, river rafting, Sani Saunter, museums, art galleries and locally made arts and crafts.
The Natal Midlands is one of the most gorgeous spots in the province, with lush green fields and warm sun-filled days. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal's capital, is rich in historical Victorian-style buildings and an awesome natural science museum. The Midlands Meander takes you through the midlands to over 160 places that offer everything from handmade crafts, art galleries and wine cellars to inviting restaurants, children's animal farms and adventure activities.
Midlands Meander, Tatham Art Gallery, historical building and sites, Natal Railway Museum, Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg National Botanical Gardens, Howick Falls, Karkloof Canopy Tours, hiking trails, 4x4 routes, horse riding, golf, game viewing, bird watching, fly fishing and mountain biking.
The Battlefields region of KwaZulu-Natal are scattered with the remains and memorials of battles held during the 1800's. There are many self-drive as well as guides tours of the area and the various battlefields. This region is steeped in history and has many historical museums and monuments, battlefield memorials, cultural experiences, locally made arts and crafts and a whole lot of relaxation to be done out in Battlefield country.
Battlefield sites, self drive routes, monuments, memorials, historical sites, museums, hiking trails, horse riding, game viewing and golf.
The Dolphin Coast offers a perfect viewpoint from which to spot the schools of dolphins that frequent the area. There are also traditional cultural experiences, animal and crocodile farms, nature reserves, hiking trails, beach rides and scuba diving, as well as museums, art galleries and arts and craft markets. This sub-tropical regions is malaria free and teems with natural vegetation, bird life and rocky beaches, so take a dip in a natural tidal pool and soak up some warm summer rays.
Harold Johnson Nature Reserve, Fort Pearson, Ultimatum Tree, hiking trails, scuba diving, horse riding, golf, dolphin and whale watching, museums, art galleries and arts and craft markets.
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Zululand is home to a diverse range of culture, wildlife, scenery and history. There are dramatic coastlines and unspoilt beaches, further inland the scenery changes to rolling hills and dense forests. The area has a large variety of wildlife sanctuaries, game and nature reserves, estuaries and a huge birding community. A trip to Zululand would not be complete without a visit to Shakaland, near Eshowe, offers a unique interactive cultural experience for both young and old.
Over 30 Nature and Game Reserves, hiking trails, game viewing, horse riding, golf, bird watching, Brew Route, whale watching, fishing, deep sea excursions, hunting, river rafting, water sports and beaches.
An unspoilt paradise stretching up to Mozambique, the Elephant Coast is home to the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, as well as the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and the Mkuse Nature Reserve, Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay. This region offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling spots in South Africa and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the pristine coral reefs bring a multitude of whales, dolphins, turtles and other fascinating marine life close to the shore.
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, bird watching, hunting, game viewing, horse riding, fishing and hiking trails
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Kwazulu-Natal Tourism Authority
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Umdoni Coast & Country
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A Passport valid for six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information. Entry permits are issued on arrival to visitors from many British Commonwealth countries and are valid for 90 days.
The Rand is South Africa’s currency and is denoted by the R. 100 cents make up R1 (One Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and Bureaux de Changes. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted.
Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%. Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings. Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees. If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken. Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential. Tap water is safe and clean to drink.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tourism and Safety Information Line - 083 123 2345, Police - 10111, Fire Brigade - 1022, Ambulance - 10222