KwaZulu-Natal is a beautiful and surprisingly diverse part of South Africain and sits in the northeast of the country with so many of South Africa's most popular attractions and sightseeing tours, despite its minimal size. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Drakensberg mountains with their jagged-backed peaks and stunning scenery, Durban's golden beaches and surf breaks, a thriving Zulu culture, and exciting wildlife adventure tours.
KwaZulu-Natal is home to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest private safari park in Africa, as well as a well-known game reserves where visitors can spot the Big Five on private safari tours (leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). Travelling along the coast to explore the stunning scenery of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, to dive into the coral reefs of Sodwana Bay.
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Sensational Safari Tours at The Hidden Gem Game Reserve of uMkhuze
It doesn't have the flashy name recognition of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi or Tembe, but uMkhuze is a hidden gem of a game reserve with private safari tours, where Lions had been introduced in 2014, but before this time visitors came for the terrifying thrill of seeing hyena's, rhino and elephants with sightings set against the beautiful dense South African scrub.
The park came to fame because of the 400 bird species that call it home. Birders will tell you it's one of the top birdwatching spots in South Africa. The reserve has fabulous hidden gems some at waterholes; the pans that are surrounded by fever trees and some excellent wildlife viewing points, to taking private guided walking tours of the famous uMkhuze reserve.
Top 10 Things to Do in KwaZulu-Natal
Umkhuze Game Reserve
uMKhuze is a hidden gem reserve Private sightseeing tours of the sanctuary are available with over 400 bird species. The reserve is known as the top birdwatching spot in South Africa. On a guided tour coming across the fantastic wildlife of white and black rhinos, elephants, Giraffe, Wildebeest and much more running free in this dense scrub. The Game Reserve offers a chance to enjoy one of three hides placed within the reserve…
This guided tour of the Hluhluwe-imfolozi park one of the oldest game park in Africa and one of only a hand full of parks in KwaZulu-Natal where visitors will get to see the Big Five: leopard, elephant, lion, buffalo, and rhino. You will also come across the wild cheetah, dog zebra, hippo, hyena, blue wildebeest, and more than 300 species of birds making their home in the park. The park lies deep in Zululand and was once the royal hunting grounds of King Shaka.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The World Heritage-listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park was (formerly the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) and protects the most extensive estuarine system in Africa. The sightseeing tour of the eight interconnected ecosystems of the park includes coral reefs, croc-filled rivers, lakes, swamplands, savanna, and coastal dunes. Tours of the park can include snorkelling, diving, or kayaking along coral reefs where leatherback and loggerhead turtles reside.The park is well known to house the highest concentration of crocodi
Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project
Guided tours of the Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project gives you the change to interact with the animals by coming up close and personal. Learn all about the great work and achievements the project has achieved.
Visitors may also see other cats such as servals, caracals, and the African wildcats. The successful captive of the cheetah for the breeding program helps to increase the cheetahs' general and prepare the animal for a life in the wild.
Nambiti Private Game Reserve
Nambiti Private guided Game Reserve Tour is an adventure in search of the Big Five that includes the leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino. The scenery ranges from the sprawling savannah and grasslands, with unimpeded views of the game, to lush riverine bush, where the wildlife is plentiful. The reserve protects more than 40 different species of game such as zebra, kudu, and hippo, cheetah, zebra, kudu and hippo with a diverse array of birdlife.
The KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Rout
Sightseeing tours of the famous battlegrounds of Zululand, from battles between the Zulus, Boers, and British. The tour takes you to battle sites, museums, memorials, and forts, learn of battles and history of the events. Hear about the battle between 22,000 Zulu warriors who fought 1,350 British troops in the first battles of the Anglo-Zulu War. Guided tours of the Blood River Heritage Site that cover more battlegrounds of the Zulu-Voortrekker near the town of Dundee.
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Guided tours of the Tatham Art Gallery a must-see for art lovers in KwaZulu-Natal's friendly capital, Pietermaritzburg. The gallery with displays from European and South African art and mainly a focus on art from KwaZulu-Natal. The gallery works with its extensive collection of artwork from the 19th and 20th century with many famous artworks that include works from Sisley and Sickert, drawings by Picasso, Braque, Chagall and Moore.
The Drakensberg, an Afrikaans word meaning "Dragon Mountains," a place of breathtaking beauty. With many tours of hiking to biking and walking to cover the park. Drakensberg Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site with soaring basalt peaks and some of the highest in the county. The San (Bushmen) rock paintings, and the Royal Natal National Park with an Amphitheatre, five-kilometre-long rock wall with the world's highest waterfalls tumbling from above.
Sodwana Bay National Park
Sodwana Bay National Park one of South Africa's best diving destinations. Guided Diving tours of the reserve that lies on the shores of the Indian Ocean and South Africa's southernmost coral reef.
Divers discover caves, pinnacles, with an incredible array of aquatic life of lionfish, crayfish, moray eels, rays, and many species of sharks. On the shore fish for marlin, to horseback riding on the beach and hiking the coastal nature trails.
Durban's Golden Mile
Durban is South Africa's third largest city and a multicultural melting pot a great way to get a feel for this salt-tinged port city. With a bustling beachfront promenade that connects some of the city's top attractions from entertainment venues, high-rise hotels, shops, and restaurants that cover the sun-splashed strip. Segway tours help you zip between attractions, some of which include Moses Mabhida Stadium and uShaka Marine World.
Travel Tips for KwaZulu-Natal
Best Time To Visit KwaZulu-Natal
The best time to travel to South Africa depends on what you are looking for, weatherwise, during the months from October to April, are the best recommended months October, November and April are the ideal for private tours and sightseeing tours as the weather is cooler, there are fewer crowds and also be a slightly cheaper time. January and February are hot and humid so if it is just a beach holiday you are looking for, its the perfect time.
Typical Costs in KwaZulu-Natal
The most expensive part of South Africa is getting, once there you will find it relatively inexpensive. accommodation can vary from luxury hotels to basic b&b. Eating out you will also have a wide variety, a standard of $60. Activities do be come more expensive in peak season, as are tours, it is always advised to book in advance of your travels to avail of special offers
Know Before Visiting KwaZulu-Natal
Unfortunately, there is nowhere in the world that is crime free, so when in South Africa please be careful of your belongings. Only carry enough money for the day and keep safe on your person and be aware of your surroundings at all time. Don't walk alone at night in unpopulated dark areas. Tipping is between 10-15 percent don't feel obliged to leave a tip if the service was not good.
Weather in KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa has a lovely climate with plenty of sunny, dry days. Winter is June, July and August when it is dry and fresh with snow only falling in the most mountainous regions. September and October are springtimes. Summer is December to February and also is the rainfall season with The Cape getting most of the rainfall. It can get scorching during January but perfect for sun lovers.