KwaZulu-Natal, often abbreviated as KZN, is located in the eastern part of South Africa. It is a region of remarkable cultural diversity, natural beauty, and historical significance. 

KwaZulu-Natal is a province known for its stunning geography. It stretches along the Indian Ocean coastline, offering breathtaking beaches and warm waters for swimming and water sports. Inland, the province is characterized by rolling hills, lush green valleys, and the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

One of the most remarkable aspects of KwaZulu-Natal is its rich cultural diversity. The province is home to various ethnic groups, including Zulu, Indian, British, and Afrikaner communities. The Zulu culture, in particular, plays a significant role in the province’s heritage, with a rich history and traditions that continue to influence the local way of life.

KwaZulu-Natal has played a pivotal role in South Africa’s history. The Zulu Kingdom, with its capital at Ulundi, was a dominant force in the region during the 19th century. The famous Battle of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, both fought during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, occurred in this province and are important chapters in South African history.

The largest city in KwaZulu-Natal is Durban, a vibrant and multicultural metropolis. It is known for its diverse cuisine, stunning beaches, and warm climate. Durban is also a major port city and a hub of economic activity.

KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its wildlife and conservation efforts. The province is home to several game reserves and national parks, including Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, where conservation efforts have played a crucial role in saving the white rhinoceros from the brink of extinction. Visitors can go on safaris to observe the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) in their natural habitats.

Whether you’re interested in exploring historical sites, enjoying the natural beauty, or experiencing the rich cultural tapestry, KwaZulu-Natal offers a wide range of attractions. The province’s diversity ensures that there is something for every traveller, from coastal adventures to mountain hikes and cultural experiences.

KwaZulu-Natal is a province that beautifully combines cultural heritage, natural wonders, and historical significance. It offers a unique South African experience, making it a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the many facets of this remarkable region.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Biyela Lodge, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Biyela Lodge

A luxury lodge built into the hillside in mFulaWozi Private Game reserve. Named after local chief, Phiwayinkosi Biyela, a descendant of King Shaka, the lodge embodies everything that is spectacular about this corner of KwaZulu Natal. The 12 standalone suites all feature their own private deck and most have their own pool. Biyela embraces the concept of eco-luxury with outdoor showers, natural colours and local products used in the design. Food here is very important and guests can enjoy delicious dishes created using local ingredients. Biyela is the perfect spot to enjoy a spectacular safari.

Sungulwane Private Game Lodge, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Sungulwane Private Game Lodge

A luxury safari lodge located in the pristine wilderness of the Zuka Private Game Reserve. Surrounded by the Western Lembombo Mountains, this is an area rich in game, with stunning scenery as far as the eye can see. Each of the 8 suites is nestled in the thick Red Ivory forest, meaning that guests feel they are sleeping in the tree canopies. The design is contemporary African with outdoor showers and organic textures for a luxuriously authentic vibe. Enjoy daily game drives, boma dinners under the stars and a warm welcome at this charming game lodge.

Rhino Sands

A luxury tented camp in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal. Manyoni is a 57,000-acre private game reserve, known for dramatic landscapes and high numbers of game, including The Big Five. The camp is built with minimal disruption to the environment and the four canvas tents give guests a classic and intimate safari experience. Touches such as private decks and pools, outdoor showers and butler service complete the offering.  Enjoy twice daily game drives, excellent food, wine & nightly campfires for a luxuriously authentic stay in this beautiful private reserve.

Thanda Safari Lodge South Africa

Thanda Safari Lodge 

A stunning luxury lodge in Thanda Private Game Reserve. The property is made up of nine spacious and elegant suites, each with its own plunge pool and outdoor ‘sala’. The design of the rooms is circular which pays homage to the traditional design of Zulu homes. The communal areas are equally inviting with a lounge, a library and an expansive deck overlooking a waterhole meaning that you can enjoy game sightings right from the lodge. Additional facilities include a luxurious spa as well as a wine cellar and cigar bar.

Thanda Tented Camp, South Africa

Thanda Tented Camp 

A luxury tented camp in the beautiful Thanda Private Game Reserve. Fifteen safari tents make up the accommodation here, nestled in a wilderness environment. The tents are elegant and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers.  Guests can live a real off-grid experience here as there is no internet and the lodge is powered by solar energy (with a back-up generator). Relax at the swimming pool, enjoy a cosy evening with other guests around the central boma and taste a traditional South African Braai as you share your stories of the day’s safari.

Thonga Beach Lodge, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge

Embrace the concept of barefoot luxury at this gorgeous beach lodge on the shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers guests an incredible experience of pristine white beaches, blazing corals and freshwater lakes. This is truly one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. The lodge itself takes inspiration from the surrounding nature for everything from the décor to the laidback experience and personal service.  Guests can relax with a cocktail in the barefoot bar, explore the stunning local area on a variety of activities or simply chill by the pool. This is a luxury property with a warm and relaxed vibe.

Fugitives's Drift Lodge, South Africa

Fugitive’s Drift Lodge 

A luxury lodge in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal steeped in the history of the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu war. The property is on a 5000-acre natural heritage site and overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Fugitive’s Drift isn’t just about the battlefields and guests can also experience abundant game and exceptional birdlife during their stay. The lodge is family-owned and run and so the welcome is warm and authentic, and the food and wine are excellent. Guests can explore the rich history of the battlefields, relax and soak up the beautiful views and experience the vibrant Zulu culture at this delightful property.

Sala Beach House, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Sala Beach House

This is a beautiful luxury property located in Thompson’s Bay on KwaZula-Natal’s stunning Dolphin Coast. Sala Beach House embraces the concept of barefoot luxury with a natural, minimalist design, blending perfectly with the surroundings. Rooms feature floor to ceiling windows with ocean views or relaxing vistas over the hotel’s pool and gardens.  Guests can enjoy private access to a swimming beach and protected private pool, explore secluded coves or simply relax and soak up the sound of the waves crashing on the beach below. A haven of pure retreat and relaxation.

Oyster Box Hotel, Durban, South Africa

The Oyster Box Hotel

Situated in Durban’s upscale Umhlanga neighbourhood, The Oyster Box is the city’s most iconic hotel. The style here is timeless elegance, fitting for a property first built in 1863. Guests can enjoy ocean views, lush tropical gardens and a beautiful pool overlooking the beach. The property showcases fine examples of South African art and its important Zulu heritage, and every room features pieces that tell the story of the hotel and its tropical setting. Cuisine is very important here and the highlight is the weekly curry buffet which has become an essential event in the city of Durban.