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2019 holiday hot list: KwaZulu-Natal

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21 January 2019 by Simon Langley

The southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps the most dramatic and varied in all South Africa. From Big-Five safaris and epic landscapes to city slicking, pristine beaches and a unique tribal culture, it really has it all. The province is perfect for both first-time visitors to South Africa and those looking for something new on their return. And, with British Airways’ brand-new direct flights to Durban, the region’s welcoming hub, there’s never been a better time to visit.

In fact, Durban is a destination in its own right. South Africa’s third-largest city impresses with a thriving arts scene, a spectacular collection of golden beaches and mouth-watering dining, informed by its seaside setting and Indian influence. Indeed, it’s ideal for some white-sands relaxation at the beginning or end of your trip, either side of exploring KwaZulu-Natal’s myriad delights.


The UNESCO-listed Drakensberg is also a special highlight, offering gentle walks and chain-ladder hikes among its soaring peaks. Here, eland pick out paths along sandstone cliffs and vultures soar above crystal-clear rivers. Then there’s the Battlefields region, whose rolling expanses and mist-clad hills are dotted with traditional settlements. It’s the chance to learn about tribal culture and one of the 19th-century’s bloodiest conflicts – the Anglo-Zulu War.

Lastly, in the east, you’ll find Phinda. Run by luxury darlings andBeyond, it’s one of South Africa’s finest private game reserves, offering the chance to spot rhino in the bushveld, entire breeding herds of elephants, and cheetahs teaching their cubs to hunt. And, if you put it all together from Durban to the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal is perfect for a super-scenic road trip.

Our top trip: KwaZulu-Natal Discovery


Taking in all the destinations featured on this page, this curated road trip begins with a relaxing beachfront stay on Durban’s white stands before sweeping up into the awe-inspiring peaks of the Drakensberg. Then, yet more scenic drives will bring you among the unique Anglo-Zulu history of the Battlefields region before ending with Phinda Private Game Reserve, where you’ll enjoy twice-daily game drives. Throughout, you’ll be treated to gourmet dining and stays in luxury lodges.

View the full itinerary here

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KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,225 pp incl. flights

With KwaZulu-Natal perhaps the most richly diverse of South Africa’s provinces, this spectacular drive takes in everything from the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and Durban’s beachfront charms to Zulu battlefields and an all-inclusive, Big Five safari.

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South Africa & Mozambique: Black Spots & White Pearls

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,615 pp incl. flights

This indulgent getaway is the ideal combination of relaxation and exploration. Begin with a Big Five safari in South Africa and end by enjoying butler service on Mozambique’s white sands. Enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining, private transfers and ultra-luxury stays throughout.

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Best of South Africa

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,410 pp incl. flights

This is a comprehensive introduction to South Africa’s myriad delights. Included flight hops, luxury stays and scenic drives along the Garden and Panorama routes will showcase everything from Cape Town and the Winelands to a Big-Five Kruger safari and the mountain beauty of Zululand and Drakensberg.

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South Africa with Red Carnation Hotels

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,655 pp incl. flights

Exceptional hotels form the basis of exceptional holidays and this luxury getaway combines nights in three of South Africa’s finest. Stay right on Cape Town’s picturesque coast, enjoy a wilderness retreat in the Cederberg Mountains and relax at a beachfront hideaway in Durban.

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