Holidays to KwaZulu-Natal

Awash with stunning scenery, holidays 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.

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
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.

Kwazulu Natal Locations

Battlefields

Walk the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal with exciting tours, which paint a colourful picture of the clashes that marked the land.

Drakensberg

Experience the scenic midlands of KwaZulu-Natal and the majesty of the Drakensberg Mountains, perfect for adventure.

Durban

Discover the cosmopolitan bustle and Indian influence of this beachfront city and the many attractions of its surrounds.

Elephant Coast

A wild coastline of untamed natural beauty, discover stunning Lake St Lucia and watch turtles lay eggs at Rocktail Bay.

Nambiti Private Game Reserve

A diverse 22,000 acre reserve; discover the Big 5, stay in luxury lodges and enjoy a wide range of attractions nearby.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda offers exclusive accommodation and service, a verdant landscape and spectacular Big 5 game viewing.

Thanda Private Game Reserve

A gorgeous 14,000 hectare reserve, set off on daily game drives to find the legendary Big 5 and a plethora of other species.

Selected Kwazulu Natal Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Kwazulu Natal

Cape and KwaZulu Natal city, beach and safari holiday

Days
14
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $5,210 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve

Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal and Mauritius Holiday

Days
19
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $8,310 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mauritius, South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve

Luxury Cape and Coast Honeymoon

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $3,540 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Cedarberg, Durban

South Africa Fly In Safari

Days
11
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $8,580 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Sabi Sands, Ngala Private Game Reserve, Phinda Private Game Reserve

South Africa Safari and Beach Family Holiday

Days
11
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $9,900 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Elephant Coast

Kwazulu Natal Self Drive Family Holiday

Days
17
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $19,640 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Elephant Coast

Cape Town, Durban and Mozambique Holiday

Days
19
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $7,420 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mozambique, South Africa
Locations
Maputo & Surrounds, Cape Town, Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve

The Oyster Box Special

Days
11
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $2,600 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban

Featured Accommmodation

Some of our favorite accommodations in Kwazulu Natal

  • 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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  • 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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  • Thonga Beach Lodge is a luxury beach retreat set in the untouched wilderness of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands. Explore the gorgeous coastline with snorkelling and off shore scuba diving or relax amidst the coastal dune forest.

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  • Set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, this owner-run lodge offers not only magnificent views but comfortable cottages in which to stay and explore the area's natural beauty.

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