From the hustle and bustle of Durban, to the sights and sounds of the historic Warwick markets, KwaZulu-Natal is not short of fascinating experiences. If you’re after a well-rounded trip that can be as cultural as it can be indulgent, or as outdoorsy as it is informative, KwaZulu-Natal is the place to go. Every inch of this relatively small province is crammed with beauty, overflowing with culture and doused in history. Avoid being overwhelmed and make the most KwaZulu-Natal’s versatility; our list will set you in the right direction.
Coastal city of Durban
Exploring the vibrant streets and lanes of Coastal Durban is the ideal way to start your KwaZulu-Natal. It boasts one of the busiest ports in all of South Africa and the warm subtropical climates of the area particularly appeal to those who want to bask in the glorious sun. And where better to do it than on one of the luxury beaches on Durban’s North coast? The ‘golden mile’ of sandy coves, charming piers and quiet fishing spots gives travellers the chance to unwind and relax before heading further out into the fascinating landscapes of KwaZulu-Natal.
You might be planning a trip to the bushveld in order to get up close and personal with the majestic South African wildlife, but you might not have necessarily considered enjoying a similar type of safari experience on the water. Allow your expert skippers to guide you across the warm water of the Indian Ocean as you keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and the occasional shark. This ecological ocean adventure will give you a new found respect for the fascinating biodiversity on offer in South Africa.
Private Tour of Markets of Warwick
Wander out of the bubble of Durban and explore the vibrant markets of Warwick, led by your own local guide. The markets of Warwick Junction play host to over 6000 street vendors, ranging from healing herb stalls, to bovine head traders (a Zulu delicacy) and each section is a unique kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, scents and smells. If you’re after authentic cultural immersion and want to absorb every side of South Africa, a visit to the Warwick markets is a must.
Hike the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg park, a UNESCO world heritage site, possesses an almost otherworldly beauty. Host to the Drakensberg Mountains, home to thousands of endemic, threatened species dramatic ramparts, verdant valleys and rolling hills, every inch of this enormous park is filled with magnificent nature. It’s not just the natural beauty that impresses however – amazingly, this park is also a hotbed for South African culture and history. Close to 40,000 rock art paintings are spread across 600 caves and shelters, some of which date back to around 4000 years ago. uKhahlamba-Drakensberg is both a natural and a cultural treasure; there are not many other places in the world that hold such a title.