Known as “the garden province”, KawZulu Natal is located in the South East of Africa. It boasts rugged mountains, rich grasslands and a long shoreline that faces the Indian Ocean, making it perfect to visit before, or after, a trip to Mauritius or the Maldives.
KawZulu Natal also contains two UNESCO world heritage sites. On the east coast is situated iSimangaliso Wetland Park, previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. This boasts a great variety of different ecosystems within a relatively small areas, ranging from coral reefs and sandy beaches to subtropical dune forests, savanna and wetlands. The word isimangaliso means ‘a miracle’ or ‘something wondrous’ in Zulu.
To the south lies the Natal Drakensberg Park, which UNESCO describes as having ‘exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts… the site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species… [and it] also contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara’.