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Kwazulu-Natal Holiday

This coastal province is known for its UNESCO World Heritage national parks, marine reserves, white-sand beaches and cosmopolitan cities.

Natal, better known as Kwazulu-Natal, is a diverse province on the east coast of South Africa known for its wildlife parks, historic cities and pristine beaches. Explore rolling hills and farmland around the 19th century city of Pietermaritzburg, and soak up the beaches and city life of Durban.

One of the largest nature reserves in South Africa is located along the province’s coast. Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, today known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage national park teeming with wildlife. See crocodiles, whale sharks, hippos, lions, coral reefs and more than 500 bird species. Take a game fishing trip along the coast to hook that Marlin of your dreams. Keen scuba divers won’t want to miss Sodwana Bay, one of the best dive sites in the country.

Kwazulu-Natal is home to the Zulu tribe, the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Discover the Zulu culture on a tour of a village and visit the KwaZulu Museum at Ondini to see their craftwork, dress and weaponry. Get an insight into the San (Bushmen) culture at the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains, where 4,000-year-old paintings adorn the rock faces. 

The best way to get around the province is by rental car, as public transport is generally not considered safe for tourists. Use taxis in the city.

Kwazulu-Natal’s two largest cities offer culture, fine dining, historic architecture and parks. The capital Pietermaritzburg’s attraction lies in its 19th century architecture and museums. Learn about the Zulu culture, browse art galleries and take a walk through the surrounding farmland. Durban is an oceanfront city with shopping, live music, waterparks, casinos and zoos. 

See wildlife in the city at Durban’s Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary. The Mitchell Park Zoo is home to monkeys, racoons and antelopes. See snakes from South Africa at Durban’s Fitzsimons Snake Park. 

Its proximity to the coast means Kwazulu-Natal is known for its seafood-influenced cuisine. Try authentic street food such as Bunny Chow, curry served in a hollowed out loaf of bread. Finish the day with a locally brewed beer from one of several breweries around Kwazulu-Natal. 


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Hilton Durban
Hilton Durban

Hilton Durban

12-14 Walnut Road, Durban
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 408 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Durban Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durban International Convention Centre and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

    The Blue Waters Hotel £73
    The Blue Waters Hotel

    The Blue Waters Hotel

    175 Snell Parade, Durban
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 458 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this North Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Battery Beach and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

      Parade Hotel £27
      Parade Hotel

      Parade Hotel

      191 OR Tambo/Marine Parade, Durban
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 154 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in North Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dairy Beach and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

        Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga £125
        Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga

        Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga

        Protea Mall, Umhlanga
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 189 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Umhlanga Lighthouse, Umhlanga Rocks Beach and Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve and Umhlanga Hospital are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          The Oyster Box
          The Oyster Box

          The Oyster Box

          2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 124 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Umhlanga, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Umhlanga Lighthouse, Umhlanga Rocks Beach and Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail and Umhlanga Hospital are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Maputaland Guest House £45
            Maputaland Guest House

            Maputaland Guest House

            1 Kabeljou Street, St. Lucia
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 44 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in St. Lucia, this guesthouse is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from St. Lucia Estuary Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Monzi Golf Club and Lake St. Lucia Viewpoint. Cape Vidal Lighthouse and Cape Vidal are also within 25 miles (40 km).

              The Capital Pearls £81
              The Capital Pearls

              The Capital Pearls

              6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, Umhlanga
                 
                3.0
                of 5, from 1 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This Umhlanga aparthotel is located by the ocean, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Umhlanga Lighthouse, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail and KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Also nearby are Umhlanga Hospital and Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

                The Palace All-Suite
                The Palace All-Suite

                The Palace All-Suite

                211 Marine Parade, Durban
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 41 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in North Beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dairy Beach and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. UShaka Marine World is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

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