Washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Durban
has been a favourite holiday spot for South Africans for many
years. With miles of golden beach, theme parks and attractions, it
draws people year round.
The city is a fascinating mix of cultures, with the largest Indian population outside of India and some great restaurants. It's also a great base for exploring the mountains, beaches and battlefields of Kwazulu-Natal.
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Washed by the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, Durban has been a favourite holiday spot for South Africans for many years. With long stretches of golden sandy beach and all manner of entertainment, it's not hard to see why South Africans have made this their number one holiday destination.
The cosmopolitan city of Durban has much more to offer than simply golden beaches and amusement parks. Its large Indian population has brought a unique influence to the local culture and cuisine. For nightlife and entertainment head up to Florida Road where you will find a whole array or restaurants and bars, from sushi to steaks - you can truly dine your way around the world.
Further up the Indian Ocean coast is the World Heritage listed St. Lucia Wetlands Park, a vast area of waterways, forests and spectacular dunes. The lovely seaside resort of St Lucia has fine beaches and makes a great base for exploring the Wetlands or for a game drive around the beautiful Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park nearby, home to lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino, zebra and more, plus scores of native bird species.
Inland from Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal offers some of the most stunning scenery in South Africa, with the round houses of the Zulu people scattered amongst the hills. At its centre are the 'Battlefields', rolling grasslands that saw the historic conflict between the British, Zulu and Boer armies a hundred years ago. There are visitor centres to visit and guided tours are available.
The towering peaks of the Drakensburg Mountains form the western boundary of the province and offer cooler air with some superb walking and horse riding in the well maintained National Parks.