Durban & KwaZulu-Natal Guide

Offering year-round sunshine and beautiful stretches of golden coast along the Indian Ocean, it is easy to see why Durban is the nation’s top holiday destination. The fascinating mix of cultures is what makes the region so unique. Learn the history of the indigenous Zulu people on a cultural visit to the Battlefields of the 19th Century Boer Wars.

But there is more to the city than culture. The wildlife of the UNESCO World Heritage listed St. Lucia Wetlands is abundant and world-class, likewise the renowned Rhino conservation efforts in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.

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Things to do in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

  • Soak up the sun, and swim in the tropical Indian Ocean
  • Taste ‘Bunny Chow’ the famous Indian dish of Durban
  • Spectate dolphins year-round from the Umdloti coast
  • Observe as the hippos graze in your hotel garden in the St. Lucia Wetlands
  • Take a guided tour of Rorke’s Drift and the Battlefield sites of the Zulu & Boer Wars
  • Watch elephant graze from a boat on Lake Jozini
  • Hike through the towering peaks of the Drakensburg Mountains
  • Look out for the Big 5 in Hluhluwe National Park

Getting There

By Air – Durban is easily accessible from the UK, especially with the recently launched direct flight from London Heathrow departing on certain weekdays.

By Road – It’s just a 20-minute drive from the International Airport before you reach the coastline of Durban, or 30 minutes to the city itself. Heading North along the coast to the wetlands takes roughly 3 hours, and to the Battlefields is around 4 hours 30 minutes inland.

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Durban & KwaZulu-Natal Hotels & Lodges

Our favourite hotels from which to explore the National Parks, Battlefields and dramatic mountain landscapes of Kwazulu-Natal.
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KwaZulu Natal National Parks

Located on the Indian Ocean coast is the World Heritage listed St. Lucia Wetlands Park, a vast area of waterways, forests and spectacular dunes. The lovely seaside resort of St. Lucia has fine beaches and makes a great base for exploring the Wetlands.

The beautiful Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park is the oldest of South Africa’s game parks and renowned for its success in rhino conservation. Game drives can be taken amongst scenic landscapes in search of lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino, zebra and scores of native bird species. It offers a range of tented camps and lodges both in and near the park.




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