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KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations that offers the visitor natural wonders, modern facilities, fascinating cultures and a rich history. The province has a warm sub tropical climate, which can best be described as all year round tourist friendly.




1 Durban: Africa’s principal port and South Africa’s principal holiday destination, with miles of beautiful beaches and hundreds of other activities and attractions, including Fun World situated on the Marine parade; Minitown; Water world; and the Umgeni steam railway, which operates every last Sunday of the month with a scenic ride through the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

2 The Dolphin Coast: The very best part of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline - scenic beauty, lovely beaches, dolphins playing, lots of accommodation, restaurants, peace and quiet. Places of interest include Ballito Bay, known for its superb beaches, and Umhlali, which has a quaint sugar village theme with buildings decorated in an old war flavour.

3 Pietermaritzburg: Is one of South Africa’s most historic capitals - a thriving friendly city. The city boasts many museums, parks and a botanical garden.

4 Drakensberg: The majestic Drakensberg rises to over 3 000meters. Known to the Zulu people as the 'Barrier of Spears', the mountains provide a magnificent semi-circular border between KwaZulu-Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The mountain peaks are frequently covered in snow in the winter months, transforming the area into a picture-postcard winter wonderland. Popular with hikers, rock climbers, trout fishermen, and other holidaymakers, the area offers a wide range of hotels, country lodges, and bed and breakfast accommodation venues, as well as camping sites and caravan parks.

5 Zululand: Zululand is home to an astonishing variety of wild game. There are many game reserves, parks and farms in the region which are dedicated to the conservation and heritage of wildlife. In all of Africa, there are few regions so richly endowed with the spectrum of wildlife - from the `Big Five', which include elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo, to the prehistoric crocodile, Zululand has them all and more. The bird life is equally varied and the region is a bird-watchers paradise.

6 The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park: A very special slice of Africa, the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park offers ecotourists some of the most diverse wildlife and outdoor experiences imaginable. Besides Lake St. Lucia - a unique, 38 000ha expanse of lake, islands and estuary - the park incorporates an astonishing variety of habitats ranging from mountains to grasslands, forests, wetlands, mangroves and vegetated dunes.

While swimming in the lake is prohibited due to the presence of crocodiles, recreational options abound.

7 Umfolozi Park: Set in the heart of Zululand, this is the oldest game reserve in Africa, where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation

laws. The Park is world renowned for its white rhino conservation.

8 Blood River: The reconstructed battle site at Blood River, situated near Dundee in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, dramatically illustrates a victory for fire power and military strategy in one of the most famous battles in South African history. The battle site is a remarkable monument consisting of 64 replica Voortrekker wagons cast in bronze and situated just as they were on the day of the famous battle.

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