One of the nine provinces of South Africa, KZN, as abbreviated by the locals, offers an eclectic mix of cultures, natural and unspoiled scenery, the splendid Indian Ocean with its abundant sea-life, modern cities juxtaposed against rural settlements, and expansive golden beaches, including ten with World Class status that are interspersed with idyllic gateway coves. KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps most widely known for encompassing the gateway city of Durban, a pulsating and inviting fusion of East, West, and Zulu cultures that overlook Africa’s busiest picture-postcard seaport. Within Umhlanga Village and the city of Durban are some of the country’s most oft-visited attractions, such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, plenteous world-class golf courses, and glassy high-end shopping malls.

A popular destination full of natural beauty, KwaZulu-Natal is bordered by the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, whose depths reveal pristinely preserved caves, ancient Stone Age cave paintings, and plenty of places to explore. This Zulu kingdom is widely regarded as a haven for wildlife lovers and is home to the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains seven impressive habitats, from Big Five game to over 350 species of birds, not to mention a coastline that is the playground for the Southern Right whale migration and frolicking pods of dolphins.

KZN contains a wealth of fascinating history of the Zulu Nation, whose people are fiercely proud of their culture and whose past is intrinsically linked to the multiple battlefields dotting the colorful province, the stage on which many of the country’s bloodiest battles were played out. A historic place, visitors can learn about Zulu, Boer, and British battles of yesteryear that formed the elements of today’s KwaZulu-Natal region.

Ask your Ker & Downey travel expert to include the destination of KwaZulu-Natal in your next customized journey to South Africa for an unforgettable experience.