032 Kwazulu Natal South Africa

Centred on the beach bum surf city of Durban, the huge, and hugely diverse, province of KwaZulu-Natal on South Africa’s east coast doesn’t have the stellar international wildlife reputation of other parts of South Africa.

And yet, with its rich ocean currents, soaring mountain plateau, searing savannahs and swampy shorelines, sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal is actually one of the more rewarding wildlife-watching areas of the country.

Drag yourself off the beach towel and you might find yourself having thrilling face-to-face encounters with lumbering hippo, ancient turtles, racing cheetah, breaching whales, growling lions and heavy-footed elephants.

Although there is great wildlife watching in many parts of the region, the largest concentration of protected areas is in the northeastern coastal areas a few hours’ drive north of Durban. Spinning away from the massive Lake St Lucia is a number of interconnecting public and private game reserves which together encompass everything from windblown beaches to Big Five-filled grasslands. It’s a wonderful region to explore and one that, for the moment at least, is mainly the preserve of in-the-know South African wildlife watchers.

Kwazulu-Natal

Game parks in Kwazulu-Natal province

Centred on the beach bum surf city of Durban, the huge, and hugely diverse, province of KwaZulu-Natal on South Africa’s east coast doesn’t have the stellar international wildlife reputation of other parts of South Africa. And yet, with its rich ocean currents, soaring mountain plateau, searing savannahs and swampy shorelines, sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal is actually one of the more rewarding wildlife-watching areas of the country. Drag yourself off the beach towel and you might find yourself having thrilling face-to-face encounters with lumbering hippo, ancient turtles, racing cheetah, breaching whales, growling lions and heavy-footed elephants...read more

  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

    Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

    Second only to Kruger National Park, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is a nearly thousand square kilometre slab of wilderness surrounded by private game reserves...
  • Phinda Game Reserve

    Phinda Game Reserve

    If you’re a fan of that spotted blur of speed, the cheetah, then Phinda Game Reserve will make you very happy...

Places to go in Kwazulu-Natal

Kwazulu-Natal Tours

Jewels of South Africa

13 day small group tour of South Africa

13 daysFrom £2,350
Southern Africa, Africa
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Beach, Family, Adventure, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Culinary, Food, Wine, Solo Travel

Kwazulu-Natal Travel Companies

Wayfairer

Tailor-made luxury travel
East Africa, Southern Africa
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Culinary, Responsible Travel

Absolute Zambia Safaris

Custom safari holidays to Zambia
Zambia
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Responsible Travel

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Solo Travel

The African Wild

Botswana tours and safaris
Botswana
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks

Take Me To Africa

Experts in small group travel to Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa
Small group tour
Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Beach, Family, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Culinary, Food, Solo Travel

YellowWood Adventures

Sustainable travel for the modern-day explorer
Central America, North Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Asia
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Biking, Water Sports, Active, Walking, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Solo Travel

African Encounters

East Africa, Southern Africa
Small group tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Adventure, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Eco-travel

The Adventure People

The Most Inspiring & Exciting Adventure Holidays On Earth.
Central America, South America, North Africa, East Africa, South Asia
Small group tour
Safari, Beach, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Solo Travel

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