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South Africa’s third-smallest province, KwaZulu-Natal is also one of its most exciting – it has a wealth of scenic and cultural attractions that include the country’s most developed beaches south and north of Durban, as well as isolated, almost untouched beaches; world-famous game reserves; two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and some of the South Africa’s most famous historic battlefields.

The richly diverse province stretches along the warm Indian Ocean from Port Edward in the south to Swaziland and Mozambique in the north. The coast has a subtropical climate all year round.

In the west of the province you’ll find South Africa’s most magnificent mountains, the Drakensberg, in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site. Inland, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands offer a lush, green countryside brimming with historical little towns, attractive country hotels and irresistible craft routes.

KwaZulu-Natal is also where battles that captured the world’s attention took place in the 1800s and early 1900s, when Boers and Brits battled Zulus, and Boers battled Brits.

In the interior, north of Durban, among other smaller game parks and superb private Big Five game reserves, is the iconic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, your best chance of spotting black and white rhino.

Further north up the coast is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its ecosystems that brim with game and marine life.

The province has an excellent infrastructure, with good roads, fine accommodation and a wide selection of restaurants. Its main airport is King Shaka International Airport, about 35km north of Durban.

Choose one of Durban’s popular beaches with amenities galore plus superb surfing, or make your way north or south along the coast. Sodwana Bay is a diving and fishing mecca. Inland, you’ll find the impressive Drakensberg mountains, which offer numerous recreational amenities for fly-fishers, hikers, horse-riders and holidaymakers, while in the northern part of the province there are several world-class game reserves.

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Phinda Forest Lodge

Gaze out at the wildlife that roams the forest floor from your room at this unusual yet beautiful safari lodge, situated in a rare sand forest. Perfect for Couples, wildlife enthusiasts, keen birders.
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FromR6,970
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Phinda Homestead

Phinda Homestead blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings, while the lodge’s living areas consist of open spaces, flat-roofed walkways, and shaded areas opening out onto sun decks and a sparkling swimming pool.
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FromR120,750
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Phinda Mountain Lodge

Enjoy uninterrupted views of the African bushveld while on safari at Phinda Mountain Lodge, situated on a mountain slope. Ideal for families and large groups.
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FromR9,500
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Phinda Rock Lodge

The dramatic setting of the unusual Phinda Rock Lodge looks out onto the diverse African bush from a steep cliff, where six luxury suites are situated.
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FromR12,900
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Phinda Vlei Lodge

Your African safari begins the moment you wake up at andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, with luxury suites looking out onto an open grassland.
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FromR12,900
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Phinda Zuka Lodge

Phinda Zuka Lodge is an intimate African safari retreat in Phinda game reserve South Africa overlooking a private (and very popular) waterhole.
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FromR9,850

Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Twenty-two thousand acres of unspoiled wilderness located at Elandslaagte, Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a land as rugged as its history. On the plains where the Anglo-Boer battles once thundered, the fight for supremacy is now the exclusive realm of its teeming wildlife population.

Set just two and a half hours from Durban and four hours from Johannesburg, Nambiti a place of infinite charm and breathtaking diversity. Regarded as one of the nation’s most ambitious conservation initiatives, Nambiti Private Game Reserve is one of the few reserves in South Africa where the majesty of the Big 5 can be experienced free from the threat of malaria.

Whatever your purpose and budget, Nambiti has the space to accommodate it. From romantic bungalows with remarkable views over the bush to lavish wedding venues and conference centres, Nambiti Private Game Reserve offers celebration, adventure, quiet reflection and the opportunity to reconnect with those you love.

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

&BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, &BEYOND Phinda is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as 436 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

Durban

With warm weather all-year round, Durban welcomes you to a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle where beaches, braais, seafood and curry restaurants, clubs and upmarket accommodation establishments provide everything you could wish for while on holiday.

Durban is South Africa’s self-styled “playground” where year-round warm weather welcomes everyone to make the most of the area’s natural outdoor lifestyle. Also known as “Surf City”, Durban is renowned for its magnificent bathing and surfing beaches, which stretch along the city’s beachfront from Durban harbour in the south to the upmarket suburb of Umhlanga in the north.

An expansive paved promenade offers access to the best of these beaches – the Golden Mile – where joggers, cyclists, dog owners, surfers, body boarders and walkers enjoy early-morning and late-afternoon exercise. You can’t miss Durban’s striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, the host venue to top-notch sporting events, Segway tours, a city-viewing SkyCar and an impressive bungee swing.

Closer to the harbour, uShaka Marine World – a world-class water park, aquarium (with fish, dolphins, seals, penguins and other sea life) and restaurant complex — overlooks the ocean and offers hours of entertainment for your whole family.