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KwaZulu Natal


KwaZulu-Natal is a land of wonderful contrasts that allow numerous insights into South African topography, life and history. Durban and Richards Bay are two of the country’s most important harbours. Maputuland is home to remote private game reserves and the wonderful unspoilt beaches of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a haven for birdlife and turtles. To the north west of Durban lie the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, perfect for hiking and for touring the beautiful ‘Midlands Meander’. Drive further inland and you will come to the area known as the Battlefields which is steeped in the history of the Zulu and Boer wars.


The cosmopolitan capital of Natal, Durban, reflects the mix of the local Zulu, the colonisers of Dutch and British descent and the largest population of Indian expats in the world in its  culture and cuisine. The city centre contains many excellent examples of Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture as well as some fine Victorian civil buildings, whilst bustling markets are a reminder of Durban’s diversity.

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The rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal’s interior were for many centuries natural habitats for the ‘Big Five’. As in the rest of the country most of the animals are now confined to private reserves such as Thanda and Nambiti, largely for their own protection. The quality of lodges and rangers is excellent, the temperatures generally more hospitable than in the Eastern Cape and no malaria medication is required.

Drakensberg Mountains

Towering above the whole province and supporting the entire kingdom of Lesotho, the Drakensberg Mountains are a paradise for outdoor activity enthusiasts and hide great examples of San rock art. The steep and winding route up the Sani Pass to Lesotho through the clouds which descend every day at midday, is a fascinating journey, flanked by wild flowers in the summer.

The Battlefields

KwaZulu-Natal is the location of some of the most famous and bloody battles of the 19th century fought between the British and both the Zulu Nation and the Boers. There are sites throughout the province, but the greatest concentration is on the wide open plains and small granite koppies near the towns of Ladysmith and Dundee. The wars are vividly brought to life by the passion of the military historians who escort you around the sites.


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David Rattray established a team that are renowned for both their knowledge of the Zulu Wars and their warm hospitality; their long, family associations with the area and its people allow guests some unique Zulu perspectives. David’s wife Nicky has worked tirelessly since her husband’s death so that Fugitives Drift Lodge can continue to be one of the most captivating places to stay. They lovingly restored their reserve and, over the years, have assembled a wonderful collection of Zulu War memorabilia.

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Created by Andrew Ardington, Three Tree Hill Lodge has been built to reflect the Colonial style of the 19th century. The Lodge is located on a bluff looking out towards the Spioenkop Hill, the site of one of the most closely fought battles of the Anglo-Boer War. The staff make sure that their guests are made to feel very welcome and there is a homely atmosphere that has encouraged many to return.


The Oyster Box, Durban

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Located directly on the sea, 10 miles north of Durban, the Oyster Box opened in 1947 and is an institution. The hotel has been completely refurbished while retaining the original romance of the property.The 86 rooms all feature California style shutters and a vast array of South African artwork.

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Located two hours’ drive from Durban, in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, Hartford house is a gracious residence, set in gardens filled with magnificent Blue Gum trees. Built in the 1870’s, Hartford was the home of the last Prime Minister of the Colony of Natal and the house and estate showcase 140 years of South Africa’s history.

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Located In the town of Himeville, the ideal starting point for an ascent of the Sani Pass, Moorcroft Manor is a haven of relaxation. The 12 comfortable, classic rooms and suites all have a private patio leading on to the extensive lawns.

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The traditional homestead of Vula Zulu borders Thanda and so this is a great place to experience Zulu customs. The main lodge combines modern luxury with excellent, friendly service. The restaurant has three different dining areas and viewing decks, giving you plenty of alternative backdrops. The nine luxury bush villas are pure indulgence.

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Set in the vast Nambiti Game Reserve, just north of Ladysmith, this is an excellent new private lodge. Nine ample and comfortable thatched suites with private decks sit around the central restaurant, bar, boma and swimming pool which offer sweeping views from their position on top of a ridge overlooking forest and savanna.


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The hugely diverse state of KwaZulu Natal is a destination in itself, with a fascinating history, spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful beaches and, of course, excellent game viewing.

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Wildlife & history in KwaZulu Natal

By Ben Williams, 18 November 2016

KwaZulu Natal is a region of natural beauty, complex history and amazing people, ranging from the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, through savannah and grasslands to the Indian Ocean coast. On my latest…

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