KwaZulu-Natal Holidays: an Overview

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is one of South Africa's largest provinces but is often overlooked by visitors who tend to enjoy a safari, go to Cape Town and the Winelands and then perhaps along the Garden Route.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The battlefield tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift are something that anyone with even a passing interest in history will enjoy, and you don't have to be a war historian to be blown away by the Rattrays' incredible, in-situ talks on the Zulu Wars
  • The beautiful and wild coast around Rocktail Bay is so unspoiled, and it offers great diving with miles of beach to explore
  • On a KwaZulu-Natal holiday you can take in the stunning surroundings of the Drakensburg Mountains or indulge in a five star, non-malarial safari at Phinda Private Game Reserve

Luxury Holidays to KwaZulu-Natal: The Detail

Well, we at Original Travel think KwaZulu-Natal is well worth a look. There's Anglo-Zulu War heritage to discover, the dramatic Drakensberg Mountain range for superb trekking, excellent game reserves and some of the Rainbow Nation's finest coastline.

Elsewhere, between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the waterways of the Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park renamed iSimangaliso Wetland Park in 2007 (a World Heritage Site), Phinda Game Reserve's 17,000 hectares span seven unique ecosystems and host an unrivalled diversity of wildlife including the 'big five', almost 400 species of bird and superb marine wildlife such as dolphins and turtles - perfect for a luxury safari.

KwaZulu-Natal holiday activities range from game drives to diving, and it's possible to spot a lion in the morning and a whale shark in the afternoon.


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Beaches, Big 5, and battlefields – there is so much on offer on here.

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A note on price

South Africa’s USP is the sheer variety of experiences it offers (from food and drink to diving to safari), which makes it tricky to provide guide prices. A luxury holiday combining Cape Town and the Winelands could cost around £2,000 per person, while upgrading to the best hotels and including a top end safari could add a few thousand to the bill. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 0.8 inches
  • Water Temp. — 19°C / 66°F
Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for KwaZulu-Natal

Balcony at Rocktail Beach Camp, luxury hotel in South Africa

Rocktail Beach Camp


Rocktail Beach Camp is a rustic gem located in the verdant Maputaland Forest on Kwa Zulu Natal’s coast, just a short walk from fantastic diving, snorkelling and remote, unspoiled beaches.

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Pool and Sea View at Oyster Box Hotel, luxury hotel in South Africa

Oyster Box Hotel


From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over.

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Dining at Oaklands Country Manor, luxury hotel in South Africa

Oaklands Country Manor


A family run business, the three Tully sisters run a slick operation at Oaklands Country Manor in KwaZulu-Natal, where good food and getting out into the great outdoors are both key to their ethos.

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Giraffes at Fugitives' Drift, luxury hotel in South Africa

Fugitives' Drift


David and Nicky Rattray were the great pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, creating award-winning facilities for visitors to savour the extraordinary saga of the Zulu empire. Fugitives’ Drift Lodge in particular is the perfect place to stay for battlefield tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

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Three Trees at Spioenkop, luxury hotel in South Africa

Three Trees at Spioenkop


Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg amphitheatre, overlooking the secluded Umfazomnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Nature Reserve and in the lee of the famous hill, Spioenkop, lies Three Trees Lodge.

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The bar at Thonga Beach Lodge, luxury hotel in South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge


Set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, this 12-room luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover the coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and sandy beaches of Mabibi.

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