South Africa’s most African province, Kwazulu Natal, has all this continent is famous for by the tourist. Wildlife, culture, pristine beaches and the towering, covered in mist, peaks of the Drakensberg range. The province contains rich areas of biodiversity of a range of flora and fauna. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The N2 coming from Mpumalanga follows the subtropical coastline all the way south to the Eastern Cape. In the centre lies Durban, South Africa’s major harbour. It is a mixture of cultural flavours, derived from Zulu, Indian, Arabic and white communities, one of the few cities in South Africa worth a visit in its own right.
Beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every part of South Africa’s eastern seaboard, with some of the least-developed gems found in the far southern and far northern ends of the province. Marina Beach (and its adjoining resort San Lameer) was recognised in 2002 as a Blue Flag beach.
Some visitors come for the annual late autumn or early winter phenomenon on the KwaZulu-Natal coast of the “sardine run”. Referred to as “the greatest shoal on earth”, the sardine run occurs when millions of sardines migrate from their spawning grounds south of the southern tip of Africa northward along the Eastern Cape coastline toward KwaZulu-Natal.
In the north, Maputaland, a patchwork of wetlands, wilderness, Zulu villages and freshwater lakes, meets the sea in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park), one of South Africa’s World Heritage sites.
The tropic vegetation, clear waters and coral reefs make Sodwana Bay the best spot for the tourist who wants to snorkel and scuba dive.
The marine life is matched on land by the Kwazulu Natal game reserves, the best places in South Africa to see both white and black rhino. The largest and most famous is Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve , the park is home to Africa’s Big Five Game: Elephant, Rhinoceros (Black and White/Wide), Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard.
The park has a good infrastructure and plenty Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available in the park and nearby.
The smaller Mkuzi and Ndumo game reserves are famous for the number of birds that can be spotted.
The interior of the province consists largely of rolling hills from the Valley of a Thousand Hills to the Midlands. This area marks the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields, the heartland of the Zulu kingdom saw battles between the Zulu’s, the Boers and the English. Today, the tourist can explore the area through Battlefield tours, a memorable way of taking in South Africa’s turbulent history.
South of the Tugela River you will find the most English area of South Africa. The central region is the Natal Midlands, an undulating hilly plateau rising toward the west. Third are the two mountainous areas, the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north..
The Midlands green sugar estates, polo clubs and crafts and arts route make your travel extremely pretty. Following the N3 to the west, the Midlands high peaks sweep west into the Drakensberg range.The Midlands Meander is several tourism routes that include accommodation, art and crafts and restaurant stops
There is a chain of KZN wildlife reserves, the accommodation offered varies from basic rest camps to up-market lodges. They are ideal bases for exploring the Drakensberg Mountains. Crystal clear lakes and rivers, giant peaks and waterfalls form the scenery while walking, mountaineering or hiking.