Famed for its outdoor activities and stunning natural scenery, Kwazulu-Natal is a subtropical gem of South Africa that is divided into eight diverse regions, including the North and South Coast, the Midlands, the Drakensberg and Durban, the latter being the busiest port in Africa. Over 20% of all visitors to South Africa visit this province. Visitors with a sense of adventure can abseil the world’s highest gorge here, go white-water rafting in a tranquil river valley, go ice-climbing on snow-capped peaks in winter and much more. For the more laid-back traveller, let this province charm you with its cultural diversity and picture-perfect beaches.

Two World Heritage sites can be found here, along with a wealth of biodiversity. The area’s ideal climate is conducive to all kinds of outdoor recreational activities like hiking, and water sports including surfing and fishing. From birding to battlefields, Route 66 to Richard’s Bay, there’s always a reason to visit.

Kwazulu-Natal is blessed with a year-round balmy climate, with most if its rainfall occurring during summer. The warm Indian Ocean ensures moderate coastal temperatures throughout the year, although snow is not uncommon in the colder, winter months in high-lying areas. It can get rather hot and humid in summer, so the best time to visit would be in the cooler autumn and winter months.

The Kingdom, as it is affectionately known, offers a wide selection of accommodation options. Safari lodges here are a must for those wanting to experience a slice of Africa’s spectacular wildlife, while some of the coastal retreats, dotted along the stretch of Kwazulu-Natal’s coastline, are ideal for getaways where rest, relaxation and rejuvenation are the order of the day.

There aren’t many places in South Africa where you’ll find snow-capped peaks, coral reefs, mangrove swamps and rolling green hills in a relatively close proximity to each other. A plethora of wildlife calls this province home too, including the Big 5. The rich natural aspect of Kwazulu-Natal owes to its variety of habitats, from grassland and coastal plains. Be sure not to miss the incredible migration of over three million Barn Swallows that arrive here between November and April.