Sunday, 12 October 2008

Focus on Kwazulu-Natal (Part one)

Today's post focuses on Kwazulu-Natal, one of nine Provinces in South Africa. Kwazulu-Natal, or KZN as it is affectionately known by the locals, is one of the World's hidden tourist gems and is situated in the North East corner of South Africa. The Province borders on three other countries, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mocambique and is divided into 10 different regions and has two cities, Durban and Pietermaritzburg (the Capital).

Along the coast, from North to South, there is Zululand, the Dolphin Coast, Durban and the South Coast. Moving Inland, we have Pietermaritzburg and the Natal Midlands about an hour to the West of Durban and then Northern Natal in the North and the Northern, Central and Southern Drakensberg in the West.

Zululand offers the Adventure Tourist, amongst many other treats, a host of World Class Game Reserves, the Izimagaliso World Heritage site (previously the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, Boat-based Whale Watching, Sailing Charters and Big Game Fishing.

The Dolphin Coast is the site of the new Durban International Airport, which will be finished in 2009 and will offer tourists direct flights to the Province. It is has some of South Africa's finest Real Estate and has been identified by the Provincial and National Government as a Development Zone. Last week, the Dubai-based Ruwaad Holdings announced that they will be building a $5bn African theme park called Amazulu World. The park will be just North of the Tugela River and will be centred on a statue of King Shaka, one of the most formidable Zulu Warriors. The Statue will be hire than the Statue of Liberty and should be an amazing landmark along the Kwazulu-Natal coastline. The first phase of this project is estimated for completion in 2014. The region offers some excellent water based activities as well as one of the top 10 Quad Bike trails in South Africa.

Durban, one of the Host Cities for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, is a holiday mecca, with Local and International Tourists flocking to the City for Holidays and Sporting events. Home to some of South Africa's great Ultra Distance sporting events, including the Comrades Marathon, Duzi Canoe Marathon and the Amashovashova Cycle Race, the city is one of the major Adventure Tourism Hubs in South Africa. There is just to much to do to list here, but use the Location Search on the top left of this page for a list of all the activities in Durban.

The South Coast is littered with coastal resorts and offers good Surfing, Diving and a range of other activities included the impresive Gorge Swing at Oribi Gorge. The Region also boast some of the best Golf Course in South Africa and borders on the pristine Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape.

Check out tomorrow's post for some more useful information on the remaining regions of Kwazulu-Natal.

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