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Amazing KwaZulu Natal Holidays

Do you like strong curries, warm sea, towering mountains and lush landscapes? If so, KwaZulu Natal is where you might want to be headed.

Whether you want to hike in the stunning Drakensberg mountains, explore the fascinating military history of the area in the battlefields, admire the beautiful landscapes and strong craft tradition of the temperate Midlands or have a first class safari experience, there is enough here to guarantee you a unique holiday

On the northeast coast of South Africa, between the magnificent Drakensberg mountain range and the warm Indian Ocean, this rich melting pot carries the legacy of the proud Zulu Kingdom.

Its vibrant sub-tropical commercial hub is the port town of Durban. With spectacular beaches, unrivalled scenery from the dramatic mountain landscapes to the rolling fields of sugar cane and top quality game reserves, KwaZulu Natal deserves your immediate attention.

One of us grew up and went to school in the central part of KwaZulu Natal, two of us attended university there and lived and worked in Durban for ten years, so for a UK company that offers full ABTA and ATOL protected holidays, we are uniquely positioned to make sure that you go exactly where you want to go and see what you hope to see. And we make sure that your holiday bookings are flexible and ATOL protected.

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Amazing KwaZulu Natal Holiday Options

You can get to KwaZulu Natal through the beautiful, modern King Shaka International Airport just outside Durban. It is a flight of about an hour from Johannesburg or two hours from Cape Town. Or you can go by road from Johannesburg.

There you are spoilt for choice ......


You can explore South Africa's most important port city. This is the home of the biggest single group of expatriates from the Indian sub-continent anywhere in the world, and their massive contribution to the country is evident everywhere. Most enjoyably, in the outstanding cuisine to be sampled in many great Indian restaurants. There are wonderful botanical gardens, one of South Africa's best known theme parks at uShaka Marine World, and a mile of bustling beach front.

Drakensberg Mountains

You can explore the mighty Drakensberg Mountain Range in your hiking boots, on a mountain bike, a horse, an off-road bike or a quad bike. You can do mind-blowing 4 x 4 routes or you can float in a hot air balloon. You can taste wine or you can catch your own dinner in an exquisite trout stream or dam. You can admire the pre-historic rock art to be found in the caves. To give you easy access to all these options there is an assortment of wonderful hotels.


If military history is your interest, there are eight distinct military campaigns that you can get to grips with on detailed tours guided by experts.

History and Culture

There are many options to learn about the complex and wonderful culture and history of the Zulu people and opportunities to admire and acquire artifacts including top quality beadwork and basketwork. There are also many other craft products available in the Natal Midlands or the Valley of a Thousand Hills.


If it's beaches you are looking for, you have come to the right place. Take a look at what there is to offer and contact us to talk about a KwaZulu Natal holiday with a beach break!

Wildlife Safaris

KwaZulu Natal is one of the best places for a wildlife safari. There is a huge variety to choose from. It has a wide range of outstanding private game reserves where you will see wonderful sights and enjoy being thoroughly pampered.  Have a look at what is available and contact us to start planning!

Alternatively, there are excellent provincial game reserves very well run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the provincial government agency responsible for nature conservation and wildlife tourism. Have a look at the Esemvelo KZN tab on the tabbed list on this page:

Combination Holidays

Why not combine an adventure in the Drakensberg with beach break or an amazing safari?

Whatever you want to do in KwaZulu Natal, we will tailor make exactly the holiday to suit you.

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Best for Families

Our favourite family getaways in KwaZulu Natal are:

  • The Pumula Beach Hotel at Umzumbe. The beach is safe and perfect for children and there are lots of other fun activities to keep the children busy.
  • The Drakensberg offers a great range of family friendly holidays from self-catering at Kamberg, Lotheni or Injasuti to wonderful family hotels like the Cavern, with its special family accommodation and fantastic activities for children.

Best for Couples

If you're looking for a romantic getaway at the beach, there are lost of options. Our choice would be Thonga Beach in the iSimangaliso Wetland park.

Granny Mouse's Country House, in the beautiful Natal Midlands is a wonderful place for anyone to stay, but it is particularly special for weddings and honeymoons.

The Wagtail Wow!

There is nothing to compare with the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in the Drakensburg. This extraordinarily luxurious retreat, set on a gorgeous dam in the most beautiful position specialises in gourmet food. The seven course dinners are unrivalled anywhere!

Another wonderful option is Hartford House, a wonderful luxury hotel on the world beating Summerhill Stud in the Natal Midlands.

For a no-obligation discussion about your holiday plans contact us and we will get straight back to you!

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Travel Time

From London with 1 Stop: 14 to 16 hours.
From London or Other Major Airports with 2 stops 18 to 23 hours.

Time Difference

At 12 o'clock in the UK it's 2 o'clock in Durban or 1 o'clock during daylight saving.


Take a look at this graph to see how the average temperatures and average rainfall in Durban compare with London!

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Why Choose Us?
 We are a family-owned, UK based local business.
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 We offer independent and impartial advice.
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 We offer a totally bespoke service and are available at any time.
 Through The Hays Travel Independence Group we have access to the world's best holiday providers.
 Our prices are competitive with online prices.
 We are passionate about responsible and sustainable tourism.
 All holidays are ABTA & ATOL protected.

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