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KwaZulu-Natal is blessed with sub-tropical weather for most of its parts practically all year round. It is the obvious choice for the beach and marine life lover. Fondly called the Kingdom of the Zulu, the province’s seemingly endless stretches of coastline are complemented with a vibrant mix of Zulu, Indian and European cultures. Whether you’re exploring KwaZulu-Natal to experience its beautiful landscapes, rich melting pot cultures or great markets, you’re sure to have tons of fun! And because it’s such a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, there are vast amounts of KwaZulu-Natal accommodation ranging from self-catering units and hostels to luxury beach villas and apartments.

As a holiday getaway, KwaZulu-Natal holds many awesome surprises. Discover the beautiful mountain ranges of the Drakensberg, explore the rolling hills of the Midlands, bake in the sun on Umhlanga Rocks, the North Coast’s best beach, learn about KwaZulu-Natal’s history in Battlefields, and watch marine life in their natural element in the Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve. Top attractions include World Heritage sites iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, and the uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest theme park. The Valley of 1000 Hills is home to numerous cultural villages where you can experience the traditional Zulu way of life and rituals within a rural village.

Other activities include surfing, snorkelling, fishing, swimming and golf. Go dolphin-spotting on the North Coast of Durban, aptly known as the Dolphin Coast. Here shoals of bottle-nose dolphins frolick in the waves close to the shore. Check out the game reserves in the Drakensberg area: look out for game reserves are Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Itala, Mkuze, Ndumo, Phinda and the Tembe Elephant Park. The Elephant Coast, ranging from Lake St Lucia the Swaziland border, contains South Africa's largest herd of indigenous African Elephants. KwaZulu-Natal may be one of the few places in the world where game can be viewed in such close proximity to scuba diving and deep-sea fishing facilities – where coastal dune forests support such a diverse range of game and marine life.

KwaZulu-Natal is also known for its great shopping; for that last minute gift or souvenier, head off to malls such as Gateway Shopping Centre in Umhlanga, Hibiscus Shopping Mall in Margate, The Heritage Market in Hillcrest and the Pavillion in Westville. Oriental bazaars near Durban’s Grey Street (look out for the Juma Musjid Mosque while you’re there – it’s the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere) offer an interesting range of fragrant spices, unusual textiles, saris, jewellery and ornaments. Don’t miss visiting the Victoria Street Indian Market – and remember, you need to bargain!

Flea markets at the beachfront sell inexpensive Zulu crafts such as woven baskets, Zulu drums, traditional clothing, beadwork and pottery. For a more extensive look at Zulu arts and crafts, visit local art galleries and take a drive through the Midlands Meander’s arts-and-crafts route. The Durban African Art Centre in Guildhall Arcade also sell amazing sculptures and beadwork – best of all, profits go towards the promotion of African art.

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Quote characterJames McConoly | USA - 12 September 2009SelectedSelectedSelectedSelectedSelected
Came over for the Classic Pro Surf Event and ended up spending a month with some friends, wow this is heaven! Epic waves, fantastic people and every thing is so cheap! When the waves are in hiding there is always a place called Shaka land a nice little wave. Dude, cant wait for next years Classic Pro!

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