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KwaZulu Natal, Sun City, North West

Known as the Garden Province, KwaZulu Natal’s stunning 370 mile Indian Ocean coastline rises up inland to the dramatic heights of the Drakensberg Mountains. The beaches are glorious and benefit from the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Lovers of history will find their home in the historic north, the site of the Boer Wars.

The sights

Drakensberg Mountains – Drakensberg is Afrikaans for Dragon’s Mountain and at 620 miles in length, this is South Africa’s highest and most extensive mountain range. It runs from Hoedspruit, just west of Kruger National Park. When locals speak of the “Berg”, they are referring to the spectacular section, which runs for 120 miles from the KZN Midlands along the border with Lesotho. The Zulus call this the uKhahlamba – the Barrier of Spears – which tells you all you need to know about its appearance. This forms the region known as the uKhahlamba- Drakensberg Park.

Durban – The sub tropical climate of Durban has made it one of South Africa’s most popular holiday resorts. Summer temperatures regularly reach 32°C, so, along with golden beaches and warm seas, the attraction is obvious. It’s South Africa’s third largest city with a population of 3 million, but around 10 miles north, you’ll find the upmarket resort of Umhlanga. The area is less developed than the city and with great beaches, good shopping and a wide range of watersports.

Sun City – On the edge of the Pilanesberg National Park lies South Africa’s playground; a complex comprising a theme park, casinos, sports facilities and man-made beaches. The resort has something for everyone with a choice of hotels, exceptional sporting and leisure facilities, including two championship golf courses, and a fantastic water park. The adjacent national park is home to all of South Africa’s Big Five, so game experiences are also available.

KwaZulu Natal – The northern part of KZN, generally known as Zululand, offers an area with a real flavour of wilderness. Miles of deserted beaches and fine game reserves make it a must for anyone visiting the country. And of course, if your interests tend towards history, then the sites of the Boer Wars and the opportunity to learn about the Zulu homelands are an obvious draw.

Game Reserves – If you thought that game is confined to Kruger National Park, then think again. There are numerous game viewing opportunities across South Africa and, in the North West region, Pilanesberg National Park offers Big Five game viewing, as well as the opportunity to sight wild dog. This is easily accessible from Sun City. If you are seeking something more exclusive, then Madikwe Game Reserve, which lies along the Marico River on the Botswana border offers a number of luxurious lodges from which you can expect to see impressive game.

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