Whether you’re visiting from afar or are a local looking for a change of scenery this festive season, KwaZulu Natal is teeming with natural beauty just waiting to be taken advantage of. We’ve highlighted some of the best nature reserves and national parks in KwaZulu Natal so you can get outdoors and make the best of the South African summer.
Royal Natal National Park
Known for its mountain trails, spectacular waterfalls and breathtaking scenery, the Royal Natal National Park is a fitting destination for families that love the outdoors. Offering a range of activities from horse riding and fishing, to swimming and climbing, there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy. Make sure not to miss the main attraction, a sheer rock wall that spans 5km wide and 500 metres high called the Drakensberg Amphitheatre.
Get the best of both worlds at Cape Vidal, with the white sand beaches and the warm Indian Ocean on one side, and the abundant wildlife of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park on the other. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling and fishing, as well as game viewing and bird watching. Ideal for families, Cape Vidal offers all you could want from a South African holiday destination.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Established in 1895 and offering one-of-a-kind Big 5 sightings, Hluhluwe Game Reserve is the oldest in South Africa. Covering 96 000 hectares of rolling hills and valleys, this unique game reserve is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora.The scenic surrounds and high rhino populations make it a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.
Isimangaliso Wetlands Park
A World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park is made up of a wide range of habitats. From lush grasslands, to ancient dunes, expansive forests and breathtaking coral reefs.The park was renamed iSimangalio, which means miracle in Zulu, to better incorporate the wonder and history of this natural beauty. One of the best destinations in the world for birdwatching, the park is home to an abundance of plant and birdlife.
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