The home of the Zulu is also the enchanting home of the big five, all easily discovered at a series of resplendent private game reserves and parks. Wild rhinos combine with indulgent spa treatments, roaming elephant herds meet champagne cocktails, fine dining beneath the stars is enhanced by buffalo marching past...the unique luxury of a KwaZulu Natal safari is something we can't get enough of.
Discover KwaZulu Natal's charm.
Tucked between the Indian Ocean and the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains, this is one of Africa's most seductive destinations. Nature shapes the experience, whether you're dipping your feet in the white-sand beaches or exploring the World Heritage rock art in the mountains. Zulu culture remains integral to daily life and you won't travel far without seeing pastel-shaded huts or flamboyant local dress. Yet KwaZulu Natal is very much a part of modern South Africa, with amenities that rival Western Europe.
There are plenty of options for adventure.
This is a great destination for a self drive holiday and we can recommend dozens of destinations that celebrate the best of Zuzuland. It's also one of our favourite regions for a short luxury safari, especially if it's your first visit to Africa. A string of private game reserves ignite so many wonderful preconceptions; this is where you might find elephants drinking from the swimming pool or leopards draping themselves across an acacia branch just metres away.
KwaZulu Natal's incredible game reserves.
While they are fenced, game reserves like Phinda, Thanda and Nambiti provide a unique big five experience. We're constantly dazzled by their accommodation, how it meets contemporary five-star standards while still immersing you in the sights and sounds of the bush. Each has a range of camps, with carefully isolated private units a great choice for honeymooners and families seeking privacy. You won't just see the famous animals, you'll see them while enjoying a massage, dining on the verandah, or by taking thrilling game walks.
KwaZulu Natal always gives us reason to return. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is Africa's oldest game reserve and the rhino encounters are incredible; the wetlands of World Heritage iSimangaliso offer a superlative combo of safari and beach, and the effervescent locals always leave a smile on your face.