Zululand & Drakensberg
KwaZulu Natal has it all – pulsating city life in Durban, dramatic mountain vistas, evocative battlefields, exciting Big Five safaris, age-old Zulu traditions, vibrant and colourful Indian community, magnificent sub-tropical beaches, crucial wetlands and outstanding coral reefs.
KwaZulu Natal is a place of great natural beauty and is home to two of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites: the Ukahlamba Drakensberg Park and the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa - soaring basalt cliffs and golden sandstone ramparts tower over rolling grasslands, steep-sided valleys, rocky gorges and ancient San rock art. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a 28,000 hectare Reserve encompassing an immense variety of habitats ranging from coral reefs and beaches to coastal forests, from salt and fresh water marshes to the open waters of Lake St Lucia and from lush coastal plains to drier woodland areas.
The Battlefields region abounds in evocative symbols of South Africa’s turbulent past. Bloody battles were fought on the plains in several South African wars such as the Anglo-Zulu War and the Anglo-Boer War. Battlefields such as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Majuba, Spioenkop, Elandslaagte and the siege of Ladysmith are brought to life by raconteur tour guides.
KwaZulu Natal is a great scuba diving and beach destination. Sodwana Bay is regarded as one of the top 5 dive sites in the world and its reefs are home to an astonishing variety of marine creatures. Where else can you dive coral reefs and wrecks with sharks, dolphins, turtles, whales and over 1200 species of fish? Aliwal Shoal is regarded as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. In winter Ragged Tooth sharks migrate to Aliwal Shoal in vast numbers, making for exciting diving.