KwaZulu Natal

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Information about Kwazulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal includes the Drakensberg, East Griqualand, Elephant Coast, Pietermaritzburg and Midlands, Zululand, South Coast, North Coast (Dolphin Coast) and the Battlefields regions.

KwaZulu Natal has three different geographic areas: the lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, plains in the central section, and two mountainous areas, the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north. The Tugela River flows west to east across the center of KZN.

Average temperatures in KwaZulu Natal range from 17° to 28° C from October to April and from 11° to 25° C in the colder months. Annual rainfall is about 690 mm, falling throughout the year.

The KwaZulu Natal Coastline

The the KwaZulu Natal coastline is dotted with small towns, many of which serve as seasonal recreational hubs. North of Durban is locally referred to as "The North Coast", while south is "The South Coast". The Kwazulu-Natal Tourist board includes towns like Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh and Port Edward in its definition of what constitutes the South Coast, while Ballito, Umhlanga and Salt Rock are quintessentially North Coast resort towns. Superb beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every part of South Africas eastern seaboard, with some of the least developed gems found in the far southern and far northern ends of the provinces extents. The beach at Marina Beach (and its adjoining resort San Lameer) was recognized in 2002 as a Blue Flag beach.

An extraordinary natural phenomenon that is witnessed annually on the KwaZulu-Natal coast during late autumn or early winter is the "sardine run". Also referred to as "the greatest shoal on earth", the sardine run occurs when millions of sardines migrate from their spawning grounds south of the southern tip of Africa northwards along the Eastern Cape coastline towards KwaZulu-Natal following a path close inshore, often resulting in many fish washing up on beaches along the coast. The huge shoal of tiny fish can stretch for many kilometres and is followed and preyed upon by thousands of predators, including gamefish, sharks, dophins and sea birds. Usually the shoals break up and the fish disappear into deeper water around Durban. Many questions surrounding this exceptional event remain unanswered.

Links to regions in Kwazulu Natal

Durban Metro & Durban
Midlands & Battlefields
North Coast
South Coast

This is a land of subtle moods, striking beauty and vivid contrasts displayed in many different forms: the ancient beat of drums and the stamping feet of dancing Zulu warriors, the echo of thunder through the crags and remote valleys of the Drakensberg and the rustle of silk and the spicy smells of an oriental bazaar. With the emphasis on conservation, Kwazulu Natal boasts more nature reserves and game parks than any other province in South Africa. Here, one can still experience nature in the true African tradition.


The Kwazulu Natal Holiday Coast comprises the following areas: Durban and Surroundings. The Sugar Coast is a lush, subtropical paradise of green sugar cane covered hillsides and golden beaches, encompassing the coastal area north of Durban between Umhlanga and Tongaat and stretching inland to Mount Edgecombe, Verulam and Hambanathi.



Accommodation in and around Kwazulu Natal

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Winner of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 and Hall of Fame for 2004 and 2005 in the AA Travel Guides Accommodation awards for Game & Nature ReservesLeopard Mountain Game Lodge is the ideal getaway where everybody from the old to young will enjoy a fascin... More

Bayete Zulu Game Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
“Bayete” There is a place where special things happen. Being one of the most densely stocked reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, a drive with one of our knowledgeable field drivers is guaranteed to be a... More

White Elephant Safari Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
At the foot of the majestic Lebombo mountains and shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, you will find a special destination called White Elephant Safari Lodge. It is a place with magic and soul inspired by a dream and created with passion. Classic coloni... More

Bushwillow    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Description & Location:Bushwillow is a stylish, unique bush lodge, situated in 170 hectares of beautiful indigenous sand forest. The lodge is fully serviced and offers a bush experience where the only disturbance will be that of the game visiting... More

Thula Thula Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Welcome to the oldest Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal! Thula Thula, family owned and operated, is situated in Zululand, only 40 minutes from Richards Bay harbour and airport, 45 min from Umfolosi game reserve - Cengeni Gate and less than 2 hour... More

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Pakamisa - the name in Zulu means "to lift up" and we assure our guests that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La. We offer discerning v... More

Tillietudlem Game & Trout Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Tilletudlem is renowned for its tranquility and beauty. Situated in the beautiful Dargle region of the Midlands, whether you are here to fly fish on one of our magnificent dams, walk the mountains or simply let us spoil you with excellent cuisine and... More

White Elephant Bush Camp    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Life is a journey, a safari made up of a myriad of small, precious moments. In today s hurried, stressed world, most of us overlook these little moments along the way. It is these moments that make life happy and worthwhile. We need to re-adjust our ... More

Makakatana Bay Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Makakatana Bay Lodge offtml">Marula Place     (accommodation in Zululand)
3-star graded, semi-finalist in the 2004 AA Awards Programme, Marula Place is set in a 2 acre tropical garden. All rooms are en-suite and have tea/coffee making facilities, air-conditioning. Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering options available. ... more ...

Name of hostsHoward Jones
Cell+27 (0)83 265 0928
Tel:+27 (0)32 946 3182
fax+27 (0)32 946 3187
Nhlangwe Game Lodge     (accommodation in Zululand)
3 Star graded. The game lodge is a luxury self catering venue which is booked for only one group of guests per visit. There are eight en-suite rooms, bar, dining room, lounge, fully equipped kitchen, laundry, braai / boma area, swimming pool and mini ... more ...

Name of hostsCliff Webb
Cell+27 (0)82 770 7506
Tel:+27 (0)35 550 5023
fax+27 (0)86 612 6304
Umfolozi River Lodge & Bird Park     (accommodation in Zululand)
Situated in a tranquil, scenic environment with its spectacular variety of birds, Umfolozi River Lodge is situated on 25 hectares of land, which borders a private game reserve and is approximately 30min from St Lucia world heritage site, Richards Ba ... more ...

Name of hostsWe've-a-View
Cell+27 (0)82 462 6168
Tel:+27 (0)35 555 0902
fax+27 (0)35 550 9025
We've-a-View     (accommodation in Zululand)
We've-a-View is the perfect executive/family getaway comprising of 3 ensuite double bedrooms set apart from the central entertaining unit. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated and has a spacious bathroom with fold back windows and an outside deck ... more ...

Name of hostsReservations
Cell+27 (0)84 401 0267
Tel:+27 (0)35 753 1111
fax+27 (0)35 753 2334
The Richards Hotel     (accommodation in Zululand)
The Richards Hotel offers four star luxury and a variety of facilities, such as the African Essence Spa and Gymnasium on premises, swimming pool, restaurant and executive lounge. There are a variety of rooms to choose from outside of t ... more ...

Name of hostsTembe Elephant Park
Tel:+27 31 267 0144
fax+27 31 266 8718
Tembe Elephant Park     (accommodation in Zululand)
Tembe Elephant Park covers the area that was once known as 'The Ivory Route'. For many years this ancient route linked the ivory traders of Mozambique and Zululand. This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in no ... more ...

Name of hostsLynda Harris
Cell+27 (0)82 893 2256
Tel:+27 (0)35 450 0904 / 5
fax+27 (0)35 450 0906
Mtonjaneni Lodge     (accommodation in Zululand)
Mtonjaneni Lodge is situated on a family farm, in the Melmoth district. Melmoth is a highly productive Agricultural area, consisting of various farming activities such as Forestry, Sugarcane, Cattle/Game, Citrus, Avocado’s and Essential Oils ... more ...

Name of hostsAlison Marshall
Cell+27 (0)82 493 0878
Tel:+27 (0)35 792 9131
fax086 631 1896
Aloedale Lodge     (accommodation in Zululand)
Aloedale Lodge is set in a lovely established farm garden only a stone?s throw from the R34 that runs from Empangeni to Melmoth and Vryheid.. The region has a vast diversity of natural and cultural resources that are all within easy access of the ... more ...

Name of hostsMonica
Cell+27 (0)72 422 7020
Tel:+27 (0)35 590 2112
fax+27 (0)35 590 2113
Avalone Guest House     (accommodation in Zululand)
AVALONE GUESTHOUSE consists of two independent neightbouring houses. Both houses offer you 5 luxurious bedrooms, all air-conditioned rooms and with private bathrooms. From each room there is direct access to a private terrace in the beautif ... more ...

Name of hostsHoliday Inn Garden Court Ulundi
Tel:+27 (0)35 870 1012
fax+27 (0)35 870 1220
Garden Court Ulundi     (accommodation in Zululand)
Thinking of taking a family holiday to KwaZulu Natal? The magical "Zulu Kingdom" is waiting for you, and Garden Court Ulundi is the ideal spot from which to explore all KwaZulu Natal has to offer, whether you're here on business or f ... more ...

Name of hostsYvonne Viljoen
Cell+27 (0)83 228 2533
Tel:+27 (0)34 413 1281
fax+27 (0)34 413 1159
Koppie Alleen Guest House     (accommodation in Zululand)
Guest House situated in well established garden 2 km from Pongola. En suite, spacious bedrooms with air-conditioning, lounge with bar facilities, satellite TV. Self-catering cottage with air-conditioning and satellite TV. Relaxed overnight stay t ... more ...

Name of hostsEsmond & Merle Rautenbach
Cell+27 (0)83 635 5371
Tel:+27 (0)35 550 1058
fax+27 (0)35 550 1057
Mtuba Manor     (accommodation in Zululand)
Mtuba Manor is a stylish 4-star guesthouse surrounded by a flourishing sub-tropical garden with abundant bird life and a sparkling pool. Three en-suite rooms offer luxurious finishing’s and air-conditioning for relief from the hot Zululand summ ... more ...

Name of hostsPamela van Breda
Tel:039 7474702
fax086 6470550
Hilltop Camp     (accommodation in Zululand)
Hilltop Camp is the 'Winner of the British Airways Tourism For Tomorrow Award'The award-winning Hilltop Camp on the summit of a forested hill offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. The camp, the oldest in KwaZulu-Nat ... more ...

Name of hostsKZN Wildlife
Tel:+27 (0)86 127 6237
fax051 924 0585
Cape Vidal Camp (iSimangaliso Wetland Park)     (accommodation in Zululand)
The camp features 18 five-bed log cabins, 11 eight-bed log cabins with three and two bedrooms respectively, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, and lounge/dining rooms with barbecue facilities. In addition the camp features one eight-bed, two 12-b ... more ...

Name of hostsMartine
Cell+27 (0)83 473 5091
Tel:+27 (0)34 981 4475
fax+27 (0)34 983 2610
La Villa     (accommodation in Zululand)
At the foot of Lancaster Hill, set in a one acre park, our Guest House can accommodate 16 guests. Our seven comfortable bedrooms are elegantly furnished and decorated with the paintings of local artists. They have private bathr ... more ...

Name of hostsTania
Cell+27 (0)83 228 3539
Tel:+27 (0)35 791 1130
Pentlands Guest House     (accommodation in Zululand)
Pentlands Guest House is situated in the stunning surrounds of canelands in the Felixton area closely situated to Empangeni.We offer 4 luxurious air-conditioned rooms, en-suite, with DSTV (TV in each room).Our crystal cle ... more ...

Name of hostsAnn Walters
One-on-Hely Guesthouse     (accommodation in Zululand)
One-on-Hely Guesthouse offers 4 star accommodation to the discerning traveller. Six bedrooms, all upstairs offering spectacular views over the warm Indian ocean and lush indigenous evergreen forests, with balconies an ... more ...

Name of hostsCrocodile Creek Guest House
Cell+27 (0)82 978 9079
Tel:+27 (0)34 316 1490
fax+27 (0)34 316 1490
Crocodile Creek Guest House     (accommodation in Zululand)
Crocodile Creek Guest House is situated in the Ncotshane Township close to the village of Pongola in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Guests are accommodated in 15 en-suite bedrooms, all with colour TV and air conditioning, safe parking is available on the pr ... more ...

Name of hostsGazebo Safari Lodge
Cell+27 (0)82 492 0696
Tel:+27 (0)35 562 1066
fax+27 (0)35 562 0358
Gazebo Safari Lodge     (accommodation in Zululand)
Gazebo Safari Lodge offers stylish accommodation and boundless hospitality in one of the most beautiful settings of the Zulu Kingdom, on the outskirts of the Hluhluwe village and on the doorstep of St Lucia World Heritage Site.The lodg ... more ...

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