With ecosystems ranging from steamy sub-tropical forests and mangrove swamps to snow-clad mountains with a whole lot in between, KwaZulu-Natal is South Africa’s most diverse province.
The beaches range from long, deserted tropical utopias to fun urban playgrounds lined with hotels, restaurants, casinos and every conceivable amusement. The surfing is amazing with some of the world’s top surfers – people like Shaun Thomson and Twiggy Baker – having honed their skills here since they caught their first few shaky little waves. Diving is an incredible activity to take part in with all the usual colourful tropical fish and the not-so-little not-so-colourful pelagic monsters – from kings and queens to Zambezis and Hammerheads.
The Kwazulu-Natal countryside – particularly the Midlands – is a paradise for rat race refugees who feel the need to escape urban life and open a small guest house or coffee shop.
The high altitude Ukahlamba Drakensberg is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s world heritage sites. The other is the beautiful Isimangaliso Wetland Park. In the Drakensberg, there is amazing hiking, fly fishing, paragliding, horse trails and is the ideal place for bird watching, while Isimangalisa is renowned for its superb game viewing, wonderful diving and turtle watching.
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