Don’t Go to KwaZulu Natal without visiting these

In Latest News, Road Tripping by Vaughan McShane

Location:KwaZulu Natal also known as KZN

In the Zulu language KWA means “the place of” the Zulu people.

hippo 3It’s such a special place and you certainly will find lots of rich Zulu culture here with many ways to unwind and relax the soul.

In KZN you will find a vast diversity of people who are Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, African traditionalists and Buddhists. These people happily co-exist side by side to make the province such an interesting and colorful one. Its heritage is rich and one can easily walk in the steps of towering icons like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

Not only this, it is home to the top 3 diving sites in South Africa. Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana and Protea Banks. In this province you will also find the Isimangiliso Wetlands Park and the Drakensburg Park, which has been named of the country’s eight magnificent world heritage sites. The beaches of KZN is a travelers dream, for is warm 21 degree Indian Ocean. Great for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.

 

The provinces urban heart is Durban

– known by most as Durbs or the Miami beach of Africa.  This is the warmest place in Africa. Ghandi spent 2 decades here and not only is it the warmest but it has the hottest curries. (Durban Indian slang calls this “chow”)

Durban also holds the Guinness World Records for the World’s tallest swing – from the stadium. Here you will climb 352 steps to reach the top and swing 80  meters down.
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You can cycle the newly revamped promenade or grab a beer at the beach front restaurant.

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Learn more about the 8 different routes of Durban.

ImageDurban is also known as the sporting capital of Africa – it is host to the Comrades Marathon, Dusi Canoe Marathon, Amashova Cycle Race, The Midmar Mile and the Durban July.

 

hippo4Moving on further up the coast – you will find St Lucia.

Home of the Hippo. (they even roam the streets at night) This little town oozes lots of serenity yet it is all you need to take some time out.

 

Hot Spots to stay:

Tekweni Backpackers:  Location it the centre of Durban greatest entertainment area. Surrounded by pubs, clubs, restaurants, and markets to eat, play and explore.

Happy Hippo Backpackers: The location here is key – it is situated right next door to the Ushaka Marine World and the beach front. It has a wonderful roof top garden and bar.

Monzi Safaris: this is a unique Accomodation with luxury en suite tented lodges and here you can also book your unforgettable big five safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – the oldest game reserve in Africa.

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Adrenalin Hot Spot:

Big Rush – for the ride of your life. Swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. You can book this at Around About Cars.

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