kwa zulu natal
Often known as the Zulu Kingdom, this beautiful and diverse region of South Africa is located in the east. Blessed with beautiful beaches, the warm Indian Ocean, stunning mountains and savannah populated by big game, Kwa Zulu Natal really is the complete holiday.
The Battlefields Route
Come and relive history and be mesmerized by battlefield tales at Rorkes Drift or Isandlwana. It’s hard to imagine that the now tranquil African bushveld of the Battlefields Route was once the setting for a plethora of bloody battles, from the Battle of Blood River (between the Boers and the Zulu), to the Anglo-Zulu Wars (between the British and the Zulu) and the Anglo-Boer Wars (between the Boers and the British).
SURF AND SAFARI
The area known as Maputoland stretches from Swaziland in the West to the Indian Ocean in the East, in the Northern region of KwaZulu-Natal. While other regions might offer a chance to see Africa’s big game or laze about on fabulous beaches, Maputaland offers the best of both worlds – the authentic African safari experience and a great beach experience, in one. What better reason to put Maputaland on your list of KwaZulu-Natal places to visit?
MOUNTAIN PASS TO THE HIGHEST PUB
The Dutch settlers called it the Drakensberg (‘dragon mountains’) and the Zulu the Ukhahlamba (‘barrier of spears’) – there’s no doubt about it, Southern Africa’s highest mountain range is certainly impressive. An area of stunning natural beauty, the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is KwaZulu-Natal’s second World Heritage Site. Sani Pass is the road between Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal and Mokhotlong in Lesotho. A steep mountain pass, it’s only traversable by 4×4 vehicles. To get right to the top – where you can have a drink in the highest pub in Africa – you will need to bring your passport.
BIG GAME VIEWING
And last but not least –exceptional Big Game Viewing - A tour of KwaZulu-Natal wouldn’t be complete without a safari. Get up close and personal with Africa’s Big Five at one of KZN’s game reserves. Those who enjoy experiencing the African wild at its wildest will enjoy the fact that game reserves in this area (Maputoland) are less crowded than the more popular game reserves of the Mpumalanga Lowveld.
These are just a few of the many special things The Independent Traveller can do to make your Kwa Zulu Natal experience special. For more information and travel inspirations, contact us.