Wild about KwaZulu-Natal!

January 03, 2019

KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the same size as Portugal, and just as (if not more!) beautiful to explore.

Known for its sprawling coastline and the bustling port city of Durban, the province has gorgeous landscapes and biodiversity, abundant game and unique outdoor experiences to offer.

Here’s where to go to enjoy the wild side of KwaZulu-Natal:

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

Established in 1885, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is one of the oldest proclaimed nature reserves in Africa. Its heritage continues, since the park’s famous Hilltop Resort is also the oldest tourist resort in the province.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The park lies in the heart of the former vast Zulu Kingdom, most famously the hunting grounds of Shaka, the legendary Zulu king and conqueror who reigned in the early 1800s. It’s thus no surprise that there are so many historic sites in the park, with some even dating back to the Iron Age.

This is Big Five territory, with picturesque grasslands, rolling hills and rugged mountains adding to your safari experience.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

With its name meaning “something wondrous” or “a miracle” in Zulu, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is truly remarkable. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s not hard to understand why it made this prestigious list.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With no fewer than eight interlinking ecosystems, three major lake systems, Africa’s largest estuary system and 25 000-year-old dunes, the reserve brings new meaning to the word “wonder”.

With this large range of habitats, wildlife is abundant – both on land and in the water. See Africa’s largest concentration of crocodiles and hippos, spot the Big Five on a game drive, kayak among the coral reefs, see loggerhead and leatherback turtles and go whale watching, all in one park!

Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the transboundary Maloti-Drakensberg Park is composed of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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UNESCO describes the park as having “exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts” It harbours endangered species such as the Cape and bearded vultures and the Maloti minnow, as well as a wealth of San rock paintings.

Prepare to have your breath taken away by the incredible mountain views and diverse habitats that support many animal and bird species.

The best way to enjoy the mountains is by foot along the numerous hiking trails. However, there are also scenic driving routes and various accommodation options, boasting incredible views.

If you want to visit the Maloti-Drakensberg Park from KwaZulu-Natal, enter the park via uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (entrance dependant on your destination). If you’re planning to  venture across the border to Sehlabathebe National Park, don’t forget your passport!

Getting there

Fly to King Shaka International Airport in Durban, where you will be able to rent a car to embark on your KwaZulu-Natal adventure. To save time and money, hire your car online through one of our partner services when you do your Mango booking.

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