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22nd November 2018 - 10:08am

Known for its beaches, mountains and savannah populated by big game, KwaZulu-Natal is a tourist’s paradise.

There is so much to see and do from the dramatic peaks of the Drakensberg Mountain Range to the traditional Zulu villages, magnificent game reserves and historic battle sites, and of course when you just want to relax there is the warm Indian Ocean lapping onto wide sandy beaches.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest city with a sub-tropical climate and water temperatures which rarely drop below 20 degrees C is great for surfing and is often referred to as a melting pot of cultures with the European, Indian and Zulu cultural influences found here. Ushaka Marine World, the largest marine theme park in Africa is well worth a visit.

Take a boat cruise in the St Lucia Wetlands and discover the abundant crocodile and hippo populations (some 8000 strong) in the waters of the estuary, cruises last approx. 2 hours.

Turtle tours are a highlight of this area (November to February only) and take place at night as endangered Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles come onto the beach to lay their eggs.

We highly recommend a stay at The Oyster Box Hotel – situated on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront opposite the lighthouse, this award-winning hotel boasts stunning panoramic Indian Ocean views with direct beach access.

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