On the east coast of South Africa lies the province of KwaZulu-Natal, colloquially known as ‘KZN’. KwaZulu-Natal is home to the famous Zulu nation and a number of traditional cultural villages educate visitors about the heritage and history of the people of the ‘Zulu Kingdom’. Durban, KZN’s largest city, is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the world. Its subtropical climate will no doubt entice you to the warm swimming beaches on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ along with its cafes, restaurants and waterfront entertainment areas like uShaka Marine World, popular with ‘kids’ of all ages. The Elephant Coast region north of Durban offers excellent ‘Big 5’ game reserves such as Phinda, Hluhluwe and Umfolozi which provide great safari opportunities. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine system and a World Heritage Site, is also worth spending some time exploring. Its focal point is Lake St Lucia and the St Lucia estuary, a haven to a phenomenal diversity of flora and fauna in particular crocodiles and hippopotami. Less than an hour inland from Durban, KZN’s stately capital Pietermaritzburg is cradled in the heart of the Natal Midlands. ‘Maritzburg’ makes an ideal stepping stone to explore the picture-postcard Midlands Meander tourist routes and the scenic beauty of the Drakensburg mountain range.
Destinations in South Africa
Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
There is a room in the bowels of the Ditsong Natural History museum in Pretoria. A secret room filled with treasure. It has a fairly innocuous name. In fact, to the casual passer by…it might be mistaken for a storage closet containing a janitor’s cleaning supplies.
Tropic of Capricorn
An interesting comparison exists at three notable crossings of the twenty third parallel within this phenomenal portion of Africa. They call it The Tropic of Capricorn…a line of latitude passing through Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia from Indian to Atlantic Ocean and defining the southern edge of Africa’s tropics.