Vacations to KwaZulu-Natal

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Awash with stunning scenery, vacations to KwaZulu-Natal offer spectacular mountain ranges, the hum of city life and untouched World Heritage Sites. A great place to start exploring the region is Durban, South Africa's third-largest city and a buzzing seaside port. Known for its pretty beaches and Indian culture, the city's character is an inviting one. While there are many culinary delights to enjoy, Indian food is a favourite in the city - the unique bunny chow is a must try.

Thonga Beach Lodge aerial scenery Rocktail Bay Lodge snorkeling with holidays to KwaZulu-Natal The Drakensberg Mountains

Durban is found on the South Coast, home to the Sardine Run during June/ July. Massive shoals of sardines head north towards Mozambique on an annual migration, closely followed by over 20,000 dolphin, thousands of shark and easily 100,000 cape gannets. It's a fantastic opportunity to glimpse some marine life. To see more aquatic species travel beyond Durban to the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. A popular haunt with fishermen, enjoy cruises on Lake St Lucia and adventurous kayaking while you take in hippo, crocodile and - when in season - turtles and southern wright whales. This is a diverse wilderness, home to untouched coastline, freshwater marshes and coastal forest.

Nearby is the luxurious Phinda Private Game Reserve, a huge 23,000 hectares of lush bushveld affording spectacular Big 5 game viewing. There are only a handful of exclusive lodges found in the reserve with interiors plush and service superb. From your accommodation you can embark on a range of activities from staple game drives to thrilling black rhino tracking.

Straying further inland from the coast, KwaZulu-Natal has just as much to offer, with the country's history written across the fascinating Battlefields area. A guaranteed magnet for history lovers, explore the battles between resident Zulus and the British or take in the facts of the bloody Anglo-Boer wars, with intriguing tours that paint a vivid picture of the brutal conflicts. Perhaps the highlight of travelling inland however is the mighty Drakensberg Mountains. Captured within the vast Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, Southern Africa's highest mountain range soars with captivating scenery and exciting activities aplenty. Take on the Sani Pass, a heart stopping series of hairpin bends, and discover the rare San rock art, dating back to the Stone Age.

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Kwazulu Natal Highlights

  • Durban's Indian culture and spectacular beaches
  • Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site
  • The craggy peaks of the Drakensburg Mountains
  • Phinda Private Game Reserve - home to the Big 5
  • The fascinating KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields

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Selected Kwazulu Natal Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Kwazulu Natal

All South Africa Itineraries
Table Mountain, Cape Town

Luxury Cape and Coast Vacation Special

Days
12
Cost Per Person
From $4,310 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Cedarberg, Durban
Kosi bay mouth

Kwazulu Natal Self Drive Family Vacation

Days
16
Cost For Family of 4
From $16,260 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Elephant Coast
Waterfront Village

Cape Town, Durban and Mozambique Vacation

Days
19
Cost Per Person
From $7,630 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mozambique
South Africa
Locations
Maputo & Surrounds, Cape Town, Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route

Self Drive South Africa and Mozambique Safari and Beach Vacation

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,420 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mozambique
South Africa
Locations
Maputo & Surrounds, Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve

Featured Accommmodation

Some of our favorite accommodations in Kwazulu Natal

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Phinda Vlei Lodge

Phinda Vlei Lodge is set in the Phinda Game Reserve, which covers a vast 23,000 hectares of land encompassing seven unique ecosystems, watch out for black rhino, cheetahs and dolphins.

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Thanda Tented Camp

Thanda Tented Camp offers a luxury tented experience and the chance to explore the vast Big 5 wilderness of award winning Thanda Game Reserve.

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Rocktail Beach Camp

Stay at Rocktail Beach Camp to experience world-class diving and snorkelling at Maputaland Marine Reserve, and enjoy a remote and unspoilt beach only a brisk 20-minute walk away.

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The Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box is a charming colonial property, lovingly restored and set overlooking the ocean. It is only a stone's throw from all of Durban City Centre's attractions.

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