Province of KwaZulu-Natal Things to Do

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Province of KwaZulu-Natal Things to Do

  • Oliviershoek Pass

    One of the alternatives driving from the Free State or Johannesburg to KwaZulu Natal is by using the Oliviershoek Pass. The Oliviershoek Pass straddles the border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal just a few kilometres to the south of the starkly beautiful Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve. The area is a mass of deep dark pine forest that...

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  • Battlefields Route Kwazulu Natal

    Zulu wars, Shaka, Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Colenso, Spioenkop, Ladysmith, Dundee, Churchill, Blood River, Cetshwayo, Boers ... are some of the terms which are associated with this internationally renowned area of South Africa

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  • Valley of a Thousand Hills.

    Botha's Hill.Here are a hotel, a coffeeshop, souvenir shops and Phezulu, where you can watch Zulu dances, with the beautiful 1000 hills in the background.It is touristic, but I wouldn't call it a real tourist trap.

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  • St.Lucia, Natal

    The Estuary St Lucia,Incredible waterway Great fishing, good boating, you may notice that most of my photo's on this VT site are overcast conditions, that is by choice the African sun can really hurt you, dryer heat than most anywhere on our earth, you can Blister within 30 minutes and not even feel it.Oh yeah... Don't jump overboard for a cool...

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  • Talana Museum

    In Dundee, which a good city to be based while touring the battlefields, there is a nice city museum called Talana Museum.There are several sections in the museum, about ancient rockpainting cave dwellers, about modern zulu beadwork, but also about the mining industry which once thrived here.There are also several old buildings depicting live from...

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  • KAMBERG

    Scattered across the nations of southern Africa one finds rock art sites left behind mainly by San hunter-gatherer peoples. Some of the better known accumulation of sites can be found along the base of the Drakensberg mountain range. The Drakensberg sites are not the oldest nor are they the most extensive, but they have been studied intensively and...

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  • GIANT'S CASTLE

    Giant's Castle is not the southern end of the Drakensberg Escarpment, but it is the southernmost end of the most dramatic sections that run north from here to the Amphitheatre in Royal Natal National Park. This park has a comfortable accomodation center at the road's end. There is a a fairly short trail leading to some caves with San rock art from...

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  • ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK

    One of the grandest section of the Drakensberg Range falls within this small park on the border of KwaZulu Natal and the Free State. Founded in 1916 as the Natal National Park - ‘Royal’ was added after a visit by the British royals in 1947 - the park is best known for the awe-inspiring rock walls of the Amphitheatre. One kilometer in height and...

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  • SPION KOP

    Spion Kop should be familiar to fans of Liverpool football whose stadium is known as the Kop after this ground. Here is the site of one of the sharper engagements of the Second Anglo-Boer War. British units got themselves surrounded by Boer commandos in the nearby town of Ladysmith. They had been besieged for three months and several English relief...

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  • Visit my Old School

    Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1896 by James Cameron Todd, an Anglican canon. n 1901 the school relocated to Balgowan, click for Google map 29° 23' 50" S 30° 3' 23"ESpent two [2 ] years doing my final years of high schoola memorable experience, pity the academics showed otherwise

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  • Howick Falls

    Howick Falls is a waterfall where the Umgeni river plunges over.It is 300 feet high, and a beautiful sight!It is found near the small town of Howick in the Natal Midlands, which is 24 kms north of the much larger town of Pietermaritzburg.There are various trails, for the fit and more energetic, as well as amblers and those who prefer taking things...

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  • River rafting

    Go rafting down the Umkomaas or Tugela rivers during the hot summer months!This is great fun, albeit hair-raising at times! There are some fun rapids and some absolutely gorgeous landscapes :)Ensure you have a hat/cap on at all times, as well as sun screen - applied a few times each day. When you are in the water it is easy to forget the harshness...

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  • The sardine run

    The sardine run takes place along the South Coast annually. You can witness it in June and July.Every year, billions of sardines swim up north along the Wild Coast of South Africa, coming very close to the shore. It is spectacular to watch (I have yet to see it!), and the fish are frenzied yet controlled apparently. They feed on plankton and swim...

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  • Game Reserves

    There are some lovely game reserves to visit, the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park being one of them, Lake St Lucia being another.Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is the oldest wildlife game reserve in Africa.They offer the visitor the Big 5 as well as an array of magnificent birdlife, tons more wildlife, exciting scenery and landscapes, and a holiday to remember!I...

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  • uShaka Marine World

    Visit uShaka Marine World in Durban, which has a wide array of sealife, including dolphins (and dolphin displays), sting rays and jellyfish.This is a delight for younger children especially.They have a wide variety of sealife, and it is not only an entertaining display, but an educational one for the kids too.They have plenty of water rides and is...

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  • Injasuti

    Visit Injasuti in the Giant's Castle area of the Drakensberg Mountains, a quiet place to rest, hike and fish, where you will find antelope coming up to your bungalow door in the coolness of the day. Cathkin Peak, Monk's Cowl and Champagne Castle surround it and are easily walkable.We are going there in January 2009, and my husband is particularly...

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  • Durban beaches

    I am sure you have heard of the famed North and South beaches of Durban, where you can tan, surf and swim. Amamzimtoti and Scotberra are beaches I know well as we used to go there on holiday as kids. I personally prefer these beaches to North and South Beaches in Durban, as even though they do have a lot of people visiting them, they are not as...

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  • Midlands Meander

    On the Midlands Meander is an arty route, where there is pottery, paintings and papermaking to be seen. You can go to the factories and studios and watch the process involved. They have shops on the premises too so you can buy something that catches your eye!A favourite of mine was Exitus Paper, where they make handmade paper. I used to make...

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  • Whale watching

    The whales come into the coast between July and November, sometimes slightly earlier.They come in quite close to the shore during their birthing season, which is fabulous to watch.. but do stay clear of them! If you are in a boat do NOT venture close to them, as it will distress the mum and new baby immensely!Best view points are probably just by...

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  • Drakensberg Mists

    For the only time on our trip, the weather in Royal Natal did not cooperate as much as we had hoped for! On our first day, the mists lifted briefly in the afternoon so we had some good views of the peaks. However, our next and final morning brought a heavy Scotch mist, severely limiting our views. Such is life in the higher elevations of the...

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  • Hiking in Royal Natal Park

    We had been able to book ourselves for one night at the Tendele camp in Royal Natal Park. This camp is located in the southern Drakensbergs and is surrounded by peaks of over 3300-m. The terrain is a mixture of open and forested hills and streams with a constant view of the surrounding peaks off in the distance. We took advantage of their extensive...

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  • DRAKENSBERG

    South Africa’s most magnificent mountain range is found along the western border of KZN. Soaring to well over 3000 meters high the Drakensberg/uKhahlamba features magnificent rock walls that extend for over 100 kilometers in unbroken fashion. There are several places along the range where you can base yourself while exploring the many activities to...

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  • Scottburgh

    Situated 58 kilometers South of Durban. The village of Scottburgh is nestled alongside kilometers of shoreline washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Golden beaches, indigenous forests and rolling hills making Scottburgh one of the prime holiday destinations in South Africa.The Scottburgh Caravan Park is also famed due to it's prime...

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  • South Coast

    You can visit the south coast, road not far from the coast in most places so easy to drive in and see all the small towns, some towns along the coast you can visit....UmkomaasScottburghPennington Umdoni Park & Golf Course,Ocean View,Kelso,Sezela,Bazely Beach,Ifafa, Elysium and Mtwalume are popular resorts in the Pennington areaHibberdenePort...

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  • Nature Reserves - Umtamvuna

    This southernmost nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is a botanical paradise consisting of an interesting stretch of riverine forest and steep rocky cliffs.Bordering the Umtamvuna River, the 3 247 hectare reserve boasts a fine display of flowers in springtime.There are numerous walks highlighting the fantastic scenery of different parts of the...

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  • Beaches - Skyline

    Known for its arboretum, this reserve is situated conveniently between Uvongo and Margate.Founded in 1962, Skyline Nature Reserve includes 76 indigenous coastal tree species, about 300 other indigenous trees and 400 exotic tree species.A series of one-hour self-guided trails are demarcated. Although game such as blue and grey duiker, and bushbuck...

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  • Beaches - Mission Rock

    Mission Rocks is 16km north of St Lucia on the Cape Vidal road and is a wonderful rocky shore with picnic sites behind the dunes. The Mziki Trail is part of a trail system planned to link St Lucia Estuary with Cape Vidal. It is about 40 kilometres in length, takes three days to cover, and is laid out in one of the most remarkable areas of South...

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  • Beaches - Beachwood

    The reserve is a National Monument 76 hectares in extent and was proclaimed in 1977. It consists of mangrove swamp forest and important estuarine habitat at the mouth of the Umgeni River in Durban. Plant and animal life in the mangrove forest can be viewed on a trail through this ecosystem. The southern area, near the Umgeni estuary, has an...

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  • Beaches - Maphelana

    Maphelana is the southernmost camp in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. A popular destination for ski boaters and surf anglers , it lies on the south bank of the Mfolozi River, at the point where it enters the Indian Ocean. The rocky intertidal areas offer excellent musselling and crayfishing. The roads, which can be rough at times, can also be...

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  • Nature Reserves - Oribi Gorge

    One of KwaZulu-Natal's most spectacular natural settings, the scenic Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve lies some 21 km inland from Port Shepstone. Ideal for a weekend getaway or day-excursion.Oribi offers many delightful walks and self-guided trails to scenic spots in the reserve.Details of these walks may be obtained from the Camp Manager. The scenery...

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  • Beaches - Bluff

    Bluff Nature Reserve was proclaimed on the 24 October 1974 and is 45 ha in extent.The reserve, consists of a large pan and adjacent forest and is situated in the Bluff suburb of Durban.The pan is a home and a refuge for many water birds and waders. Two bird hides are sited along the edge of the pan and provide excellent bird viewing opportunities...

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  • Beaches - Umhlanga Lagoon

    This 26 hectare reserve on the southern bank of the Umhlanga River in Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban consists of an estuary, dune forest and coastal forest. It was proclaimed in 1980. There are two trails in the reserve which offer opportunities to explore the fascinating animal and plant life in these two forest types. The trails also provide...

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  • Beaches - Amatigulu

    Amatigulu Nature Reserve is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline in Northern KwaZulu-Natal between the Tugela and Amatikulu River mouths. The Reserve is approximately 100 km from Durban and is one of the few places in Southern Africa where wildlife can be viewed feeding on forested dunes overlooking the sea. Visitors can indulge in a variety of...

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  • Beaches - Sodwana Bay

    Renowned for its sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, Sodwana is situated on the coast within the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa`s first World Heritage Site.The reserve lies adjacent to Africa’s southern-most coral reefs.The Maputoland and St Lucia Marine Reserves are linked to each other to form a continuous protected area...

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  • Nature Forests - Ongoye

    Ongoye Forest is an exceptionally rare and diverse habitat. It is probably the most famous example of the extremely rare scarp forests.The Ongoye range is well-drained by numerous fast-flowing streams such as the Umlalazi and its tributaries the Thondo and the Intuze arising from valley-head springs and is of great importance as a water catchment...

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  • Nature Forests - Nkandla

    Throughout Zulu history the Nkandla forest has been a place of mystery, the home of supernatural beings, and a formidable stronghold and place of retreat. The Chube are the iron-workers associated with the Nkandla and they were never conquered by Shaka. It has always been the last retreat of the Zulu from Shaka's time to that of Bhambatha. The...

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  • Nature Forests - Dlinza & Entumeni

    Situated in southern Zululand, near the town of Eshowe, are two beautiful indigenous forests Dlinza and Entumeni. Both consist almost entirely of coastal scarp forest with a few glades of grassland. Known for their birds and plants, the forests are also home to a number of mammal species. The forests are currently visited by bird watchers from all...

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  • Nature Reserves - Queen Elizabeth

    This small nature reserve serves as the headquarters of KZN Wildlife (KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service).Situated on the northern slopes of Pietermaritzburg, this reserve provides an environmental education and outdoor recreation area for the people of the Natal Midlands.Impala, zebra, blesbok, bushbuck, grey and blue duiker, rock hyrax and...

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  • Nature Reserves - Vernon Crookes

    This secluded getaway is found on the South Coast some 12 km inland from Umzinto, along the Ixopo road. The reserve's wooded slopes, grassland ridges and clear views of the ocean to the east offer the ideal setting for communing with nature while enjoying the excellent trails, picnic facilities and autotrail. The reserve boasts 56 mammal species....

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  • Nature Reserves - Enseleni

    Enseleni Nature Reserve consists of coastal grasslands and forest and the Nseleni river provides a freshwater habitat.For birding enthusiasts the reserve boasts several unusual or rare species, namely African finfoot, purple crested lourie, Pels fishing owl, white-eared barbet and three species of elusive nightjars, Mozambique, fiery necked and...

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  • Nature Reserves - Vryheid Hill

    Steeped in history, from the Bushmen to the British, and including an Anglo-Boer battlefield, this reserve offers a lot to the visitor.There are five major ecosystems present; grassland, forest, wetland, mixed woodland and cliffs.This ensures a high biodiversity, with many special plants, animals and birds. The 900ha reserve borders on the...

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  • Game Reserves - Ozabeni

    Ozabeni lies north of Lake St Lucia, west of the Maputoland Marine Reserve, east of the Mkuzi river and swamps, and south of Sodwana Bay National Park and Mbazwana town.Covering an area of 46 OOOha, it is generally flat and low lying except for the dunes along the eastern perimeter.Dotted with many pans and small lakes, the entire area is part of a...

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  • Game Reserves - Phongolo

    Falling from the heights of the Lebombo Mountains down across the Phongolopoort Dam to typical african savannah in the west, this reserve is the oldest proclaimed conservation area in Africa.Proclaimed on the 13th of June 1894 by President Paul Kruger and reproclaimed in 1903, ostensively to protect declining game numbers, but in reality as a...

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  • Game Reserves - Spioenkop

    Spioenkop Mountain stands sentry over thorn savannah and water where visitors can see panoramas that stretch from hot valley bushveld across cool water to the Drakensberg Mountains often covered in snow in the winter.Steeped in Anglo Boer War history, the reserve boasts a rich selection of wildlife including white rhinocerous, giraffe and a variety...

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  • Game Reserves - Weenen

    The distant blue hills and undulating thornveld valleys of KwaZulu-Natal make a superb backdrop for the scenic Weenen Game Reserve.With the Bushmans River flowing through a spectacular gorge in the reserve, Weenen's excellent road system and walking trails, visitors have many scenic and game viewing opportunities as they walk or drive around the...

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