South Africa Travel Tips When Visiting KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa Travel tips when visiting KwaZulu-Natal

Kwazulu-NatalProvince A subtropical, beach and mountain vacation paradise, the Zulu Kingdom has something for everyone nestled in stunning natural beauty. From coast to coast, quaint beaches and villages attract sun worshipers who are drawn to the warm Indian Ocean and all the pleasures it offers. Outdoor enthusiasts love exploring the two World Heritage Sites, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, as well as the famous game parks and battlefields. Diverse cultures, from the San Bushmen with their rock art, the Zulu villagers with their fearsome warriors and colorful dancing maidens, the Jerikoa treks with their pioneering spirit and the Indian restaurants with their hot curries, enrich the province with a variety of experiences it may have. With all this on its doorstep, it’s no wonder Durban has become Africa’s premier conference destination – a true antithesis to the all business, no-play philosophy.

climate:

The coastal regions have a subtropical climate with sunshine all year round, although rainstorms can occur in the summer. Humidity drops in the months of June and July, making them ideal times to visit. The weather is also warm and sunny for most of the year in the Drakensberg, but in winter, nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing and snowfall is common. At Sodwana Bay, a world-class diving destination, conditions are good throughout the year, but best from April through September. Water temperatures here are usually above 20°C and in summer can reach 29°C. The Midlands is a very rainy region with warm, sunny summers and cold winters, with nighttime temperatures dropping below zero in parts.

the shopping:

Shopping is a high activity in KZN with entire avenues dedicated to this pleasure. The Midlands Meander offers a variety of arts and crafts including pottery, carvings and leatherwork, punctuated perfectly by stops at cozy inns to sample country food and homemade brews with names like ‘Pickle Beige’ or ‘Pied Eyed Possum’. Zulu pieces include Ethnic found on the beaches, cultural villages and antique centers, such as the workshop, intricate beadwork, wood carvings, baskets and pottery.In Durban, choices range from luxury mall goods to Indian downtown markets where you will find the best curry spices in the country and high quality African craft items at the center African art at Tourist Junction.Also visit the Heritage Market in Hillcrest for more local goods.Other places to shop include: Point Waterfront Fleamarket, The Pavillion, Gateway Theater of Shopping and La Lucia Mall.

Description of the main attractions:

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg:

The park is a gigantic mountain range full of ecological treasures, and this World Heritage site also contains almost astonishing cultural holdings. The 6,000 San rock art sites display the oldest rock art specimens where color and dimensions have been introduced. Many endemic and threatened species such as the bearded vulture and flora unique to the Alps can be found here. Well-marked trails make the area a hiker’s paradise, and other ideal outdoor activities include fly fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, ice climbing, abseiling, paragliding, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Don’t miss the famous Amphitheatre, Cathedral Peak, Giant’s Castle, the second highest waterfall in the world – Thukela Falls and the majestic Mnweni Valley in the north to central area. In the south, look out for 26 peaks higher than 10,000 feet (3,050 meters).

Wetlands of Greater Saint Lucia:

The park is a World Heritage Site that is one of the last remaining subtropical areas containing its diverse indigenous components of wild flora and fauna. Five interconnected ecosystems can be found including the marine system, coastal dune system, lagoons and swamp systems, an inland system of ancient coastal terraces, and dry savannas. Don’t miss out on whale watching and also visit Sodwana Bay, a world-class diving destination that is also popular with anglers. Here the rare “fossil” fish, Ciolacanthe, thought to be extinct, was recently captured on video.

Durban and its environs:

South Africa’s third largest city, Durban is Africa’s most successful conference destination, and the ‘Golden Mile’ beach front offers great swimming beaches and sporting facilities. Apart from this, the city’s cultural mix provides excellent entertainment and shopping, from the lively Zulu dances to the famous hot Indian curries. Try riding a traditional rickshaw while exploring.

Midlands:

Often compared to the Midlands region of England, this region consists of wide open spaces of green hills, fertile pastures, and extensive woodlands. Follow the Midlands Meander, a world-class arts and crafts cottage industry along a well-laid route and don’t miss Howick Falls. Perfect for outdoor activities including white water rafting, it also features major sporting events such as the Midmar Mile – the world’s largest indoor swimming race.

South Coast:

A series of small vacation towns cater to fun lovers year-round. Excellent conditions for bathing, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, dolphin and whale watching. It is also popular for golf holidays with over 12 golf courses.

North Coast:

Seaside resorts located in King Shaka’s territory are famous for their bottlenose dolphins. Perfect for bathing, surfing, skinning, scuba diving, rock fishing, sailing boats, or exploring rock pools.

Zululand Theme Parks:

The largest concentration of game parks in the province, with large bush game reserves at the main attractions in Mkuse and Hluhlwe-Umvuluzi. Apart from watching the Big 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, and elephant), the reserves are also famous for their birds, especially the grouse, hippopotamus, crocodile, and giraffe. While you’re in the area, don’t miss a visit to one of the traditional Zulu villages; In some, you can even sleep in beehive huts. In September, the Royal Reed Dance at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s royal residence in Nongoma is not to be missed.

Battlefields:

Rich in history, this province boasts the largest concentration of Boer, British and Zulu fighting battles in South Africa. Many locations and routes can be explored with the major battle sites of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Majuba, Spioenkop, Thalana and Blood River all brought to life through the stories of a dedicated tour guide.

Valley of 1000 Hills:

starts approx. A tourist route of craft shops, restaurants and wonderful scenery can be explored within half an hour’s drive from Durban. Highlights include the PheZulu Safari Park for Zulu warrior dance, ethnic artifacts, bush treks, sangomas, and a crocodile and snake park; A 3-hour Choo Choo train ride through the valley on the last Sunday of each month and the Birds of Prey Live Show, where you can watch the birds of prey soar over the valley demonstrating their hunting techniques.