KwaZulu Natal has everything Africa is known for rolled into one! Enjoy pristine beaches, spectacular wildlife, towering mountains and an abundance of different cultures. We’ve highlighted the top ten things you should know when considering travelling to KwaZulu Natal.
1. It’s got the best weather in the whole country
The subtropical climate of the coastal regions means that temperatures can soar above 30 degrees in the summer months and doesn’t often fall below 20 degrees in the winter. The mild winter makes KwaZulu Natal the ultimate holiday destination no matter the time of year. The Indian Ocean is warm and inviting, making swimming along the East Coast of South Africa a possibility all year round.
2. It’s teeming with history
As traditional homeland to the Zulu culture, KwaZulu Natal has seen many years of conflict. Homage is paid to these struggles along the KZN Battlefields Route. Detailing over 82 historical landmarks, this is one of the largest concentrations of significant battle sites in South Africa.
3. It’s home to one of the biggest arts and crafts routes in South Africa
Winding through the green landscape of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, the Midlands Meander is 80km of activities and sightseeing. These range from hot air ballooning and canopy tours to picnics and arts and crafts. There are also a number of wholesome restaurants and delis along the way.
4. Its beaches will blow your mind
Stretching for 600km from Port Edward to Kosi Bay, the coastline of KwaZulu Natal is nothing short of exquisite. The lush vegetation spills over onto the pristine sandy beaches, and the Indian Ocean is always warm enough for a dip. Look out for a plethora of seabirds and marine life in the rock pools scattered along the coast.
5. It’s got some of the best hiking routes around
Forming the boundary between South Africa and Lesotho, the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range offers some of the most spectacular vistas and hiking routes the country has to offer. This World Heritage site is well known for the awe-inspiring Amphitheatre found in the Royal Natal National Park, as well as expansive viewpoints and jaw-dropping landscapes.
6. It’s Big Five country
With over 23 game parks and reserves across the province, game viewing in KZN is a popular choice among visitors. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Umkhuse Game Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park are all great for quintessential South African safari sightings. For more on game reserves in the area, take a look at our blog.
7. It’s perfect for Self-Drive trips
Characterised by mountain passes and winding coastal routes, there are a number of scenic self-drives for anyone looking to travel at their own pace. Many of the game parks in the area allow for self-driving safaris within the parks, adding an extra dimension to your road trip getaway.
8. Its natural beauty will astound you
The subtropical climate and warm summer rain mean that the vegetation is thick and lush. Everything in KZN grows bigger and more ferociously than anywhere else in South Africa, resulting in a beautiful jungle that spills into the sea.
9. It’s an adventure-lover’s dream
From hot air ballooning in the Drakensberg, to canopy tours, deep sea fishing, paragliding and more, KwaZulu Natal is home to a number of adrenalin pumping activities. Whether it’s the sea, the sky or the earth that gets your heart racing, there’ll be something for you.
10. It’s where you’ll find the largest estuarine lake in Southern Africa
Found in a World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, Lake St Lucia covers approximately 350 km2 of land. The abundant fauna and flora of the lake make it a sought-after attraction in this part of the world.
Nibela Lake Lodge is situated on the banks of the incredible Lake St Lucia. With both catered and self-catering options, Nibela is the perfect base from which to explore. Be sure to take a look at our website or email us to find out more about this one of a kind KZN accommodation option.