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Kwa Zulu-Natal

Kwa Zulu-Natal has the reputation of being South Africa's playground, as tropical temperatures make the region a year round destination. The Zulu Kingdom incorporates the bustling, cosmopolitan port city of Durban, the game parks of Zululand and the Elephant Coast where you can see the 'Big 5' animals in their natural habitat. Add to those, the endless beaches, a coastal lake wilderness, arts and crafts routes and historical tours, all of which make Kwa Zulu-Natal a fantastic holiday destination.

Kwa Zulu-Natal has an abundance of historical and archaeological sites, evoking both the recent and more distant past of this heritage-rich province. Near to Drakensberg are the Zulu battlefields scene of the 70 years of wars between the spear-wielding Zulus and the red-coated British colonial regiments and Boer settler commandos. It is possible to follow a Battlefield route, incorporating places such as Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. You can not fail to be moved by the heroicism on both sides and as the guides recount the desperate plight of the soldiers, the hairs on your arms will stand on end. We thoroughly recommend the experience whatever your age and interests.

Close to Rourke's Drift is a replica Zulu homestead, which has been funded by the David Rattray Foundation. This is an enlightening insight into daily life particularly for Zulu women. Taste Zulu beer and learn about their culture - a fascinating hour and thoroughly recommended.

The Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is a vast conservation area, proclaimed a world heritage site for its outstanding natural environment and the San Rock art left by these hunter-gatherers. This mountain refuge is a stunning place for hiking and at certain times of the year it becomes transformed by blankets of wild flowers. Resorts in the area provide a base for trout fishing, horse riding and hiking. 10-30 minute helicopter trips are available, opening up a whole new vista beyond the mountain ridges.

Durban is a bustling port city, which has seen more affluent days, but it has good beaches on its doorstep and plenty of nice resorts and country club style accommodation with great sporting facilities. The city has some good nightlife and a few shopping opportunities such as the BAT Craft centre in the old dock area, and a curio market on the beach front, selling baskets, masks, mats and African crafts.

The Elephant Coast, north of Durban includes one of South Africa's most notable National Parks, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Stretching from Kosi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia, this was the first park in South Africa to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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