KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s more petite provinces, but undoubtedly a firm favourite. It boasts treasured beaches in the south, dramatic mountainous landscapes in the north, and history, culture and majesty across every inch in between. This is a region for those who like to sprinkle their cultural pursuits with a little relaxation, a lot of adventure and endless ‘wow’ moments.
Let’s start at the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg, a 200km-long escarpment, a UNESCO world heritage site and an adventurer’s dream. You’ll find all sorts of protected flora and fauna, San rock paintings, streams, cliffs and hiking trails in abundance, making this biodiverse refuge not only a natural wonder, but a cultural wonder as well. And the culture doesn’t stop there. An amalgamation of colonial, Zulu and Indian influences mean that KwaZulu-Natal oozes history in every sight, sound and taste; from the delicious and varied cuisine, to the magnificent buildings and the famous battle sites (such as the battlefield of the Zulu-Anglo-Boer war), all tell the tale of a complex and fascinating past.
When you’re worn out from all that there is to see an do, the luxurious beaches on the north coast and the more rugged patches of coastline in the south offer perfect places to unwind and gain some perspective. This is a province for culture-vultures who crave the great outdoors, but also prize a bit of much-needed indulgence every now and then.