Kwazulu-Natal & Swaziland
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KWAZULU-NATAL and SWAZILAND boast the very best of Southern Africa in one, dynamic region. With royal traditions and a rich culture, peaceful Swaziland offers guests rugged scenery and plentiful bird and wildlife away from the crowds. In KwaZulu-Natal, explore historic battlefields, Zulu heritage, sandy beaches and the Big 5 amid sweeping savannah scenery and a year-round tropical climate. With the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the azure Indian Ocean to the east, this region is one of Africa’s most varied holiday destinations.
Swaziland The royal Kingdom of Swaziland boasts wonderful rugged landscapes and a rich culture. A visit to this relatively untouched country offers a unique glimpse into life under an absolute monarchy where traditional rural practices, music and dance are passionately upheld. Savour the mountain scenery and celebrate the diverse range of birdlife and fauna which include rhino, buffalo, giraffes and herds of elephants.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Designated South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in recognition of its natural beauty and unique ecology, iSimangaliso stretches for over 700,000 acres and contains huge lake systems, mangrove forests, coastal dunes and over 130 miles of beaches. Visitors flock to this region to marvel at the 500 recorded bird species, seasonal turtles, whales, hippos and crocodiles which can be spotted on locally booked organised tours.
KZN Safaris With rolling hills, lush savannah grasslands and rugged mountain backdrops, a safari in KZN will deliver spectacular scenery as well as potential close ups with the Big 5, cheetah and hundreds of colourful endemic birds. Stay in luxury at one of the beautiful camps within Nambiti Hills or Thanda Private Game Reserves, or at the only private camp within Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Africa’s oldest state-run reserve.
Midlands Meander At the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains lies the picturesque Midlands, where waterfalls, lakes and hiking trails abound. The famous ‘Midlands Meander’ is a network of five short driving routes which connect the region’s quaint towns, showcasing over 150 suggested stops at local art studios, craft shops, cafés and breweries. Pick up a ‘meander map‘ at your hotel and start your adventure!
The Drakensberg Forming a natural partition between the deep valleys of KwaZulu-Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho, the majestic Drakensberg Mountains stretch for over 600 miles and form the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site which spans nearly 600,000 acres. Perfect for lovers of the outdoors, popular activities include scenic nature walks, mountain biking, horseriding and fishing.
Battlefields The tranquil hills and grasslands at the heart of the Zulu Kingdom bely the violent conflicts that took place here during the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars. With over 60 battle sites, museums, forts and places of remembrance to explore, there is a huge amount to see but don’t miss the hugely poignant tours to Spioenkop, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, to hear of the dramatic events that Shaped South Africa’s beginnings as a nation.
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