Province South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal safaris, tours & holiday packages

Towering peaks, tumbling coastal forests and holiday beaches

Rising from a steamy Indian Ocean coastline to the chilly heights of the 3,000-plus-metre uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal is the most ecologically and scenically diverse of South Africa’s nine provinces

Despite being one of the smaller provinces in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal's wealth and variety of attractions is sufficient to keep you busy for weeks. Its urban centrepiece is Durban, which doubles as the busiest port in Africa.

This fun-filled beachfront city is steeped in cosmopolitan Zulu, Indian and British heritages. Stretching on either side of Durban, a beautiful 800-kilometre-long coastline incorporates dozens of low-key beach resorts as well as a primal mosaic of forested dunes, idyllic estuaries, hippo-infested lakes and offshore coral reefs protected in the iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Philip Briggs says

A province I never tire of exploring. I've driven through a dozen of its game reserves, hiked several of the more popular day walks in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, eaten sumptuous prawns on Durban waterfront, and snorkelled offshore of iSimangaliso, and there's barely a place I wouldn’t happily revisit tomorrow!

Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

More on Kwa Zulu Natal holidays

KwaZulu-Natal's second UNESCO World Heritage Site is uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which runs for hundreds of kilometres along the Lesotho border, breached only by a solitary, winding Sani Pass. Renowned for its inexhaustible wealth of scenic day walks and more challenging overnight hikes, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg is one of the world's greatest alfresco art galleries, containing around 500 ancient rock art sites filled with half a million paintings.

For wildlife lovers, the province incorporates more than 50 protected areas, ranging from Big Five reserves such as Hluhluwe–Imfolozi and Phinda to the coastal and mist-belt forests of Dhlinza and Oribi Gorge. Cultural and historic sites include the fascinating Zulu cultural experience offered at Shakaland (built on the site of the original kraal of King Shaka); Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer battle sites such as Spioenkop and Rorke’s Drift; and the earliest-known evidence of systematic counting in the form of a 35,000-year-old notched baboon fibula unearthed at Border Cave on the Swaziland border.

Kwa Zulu Natal Map

Kwa Zulu Natal's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Kwa Zulu Natal

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location.

What shots should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and…

Kwa Zulu Natal - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Related Articles

A rough guide to the best national parks in Rwanda

Rwanda is a country which has seen an immense transformation since 1994, today it’s considered to be one of the best tourist destinations to see the famed majestic mountain gorillas of Africa. It’s received the title of ‘land of a thousand… read more

10 reasons why a Selinda safari is worth the trip

A private wildlife sanctuary situate in Northern Botswana, the 320,000 acre Selinda Game Reserve is home to a huge diversity of wildlife, most notably it’s large elephant herds, as well as antelope, zebra, cheetah, wild dog and lion. If… read more

What to pack for your luxury African safari

The African savannah is often portrayed as a warm and dry destination, and may result in unwanted surprise for travellers who aren’t properly informed about what to expect in the bush. With the right advice and guidance, knowing what to… read more

Expert Q&A: Africa’s best Big Five safari destinations

One of the main reasons why people travel to Africa is to see the Big Five - the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and the White/Black rhinoceros. However, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is… read more

Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

Scroll to top