Zulu Girls Dancing, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal

From its subtropical palm-fringed shores, lapped by the Indian Ocean to the mountainous Drakensberg range, KwaZulu-Natal offers a wealth of scenic splendour.

Its green, rolling countryside is reminiscent of England’s shires and the Battlefields echo with history of clashes between the British, Zulus and Boers. Enjoying one of the best year-round climates in the country, the province is easily combined with other areas, although with the Big Five, Battlefields and beaches all on its doorstep, it’s well worth a visit on its own.

Amphitheater and Tugela river, Drakensberg mountains, south africa
Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Giraffe, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Giraffe, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Coastline, Makakatana Bay Lodge, Kwazulu, South Africa
Coastline by Makakatana Bay Lodge, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Cheetah, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Cheetah, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Why visit KwaZulu-Natal

  • Diverse landscapes from mountain ranges to sandy beaches
  • Go on a Big Five safari in some of the best games reserves
  • Learn about the infamous Anglo-Boer and Zulu wars in the Battlefields
  • Swim in warm Indian Ocean waters and see turtles nesting along the stunning coastline
  • Explore the city of Durban, a coastal, cultural and colourful melting pot
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, and uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Maputuland Coast, Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Holiday Idea

This holiday offers a perfect mixture of history, culture, wildlife and relaxation, all in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa blessed with a great climate and incredible scenery.

12 days

from £5,595 pp

SDG 1 - No poverty UN SDG - 14 Life below water logo UN SDG - 15 Life on land logo

View holiday details

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu Natal

Diving & Snorkelling

Whether a beginner or a master, there are some fabulous reefs to explore off the eastern shores of South Africa.

Suggested Hotel

Sandstone rock, Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal UNESCO Sites

Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, and uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Game drive at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge, Zuka Private Game Resere, Northern Zululand, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal Safari

Visit beautiful private game reserves, home to wonderful flora and fauna including the Big Five and fabulous bird life.

Suggested Reading: Blog

turtle viewing, Thonga Beach Lodge, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Turtle Nesting

Between November and January take a night drive to see turtles nesting along the stunning coastline of the warm Indian Ocean waters.

Suggested Hotel

Sandlwana Hill, South Africa

Historic Battlefield Visits

Learn about the infamous Anglo-Boer and Zulu wars, visiting World Heritage Sites of Isandlwana, Fugitives Drift, Rorke’s Drift and Blood River. Hear passionate accounts of bravery unfold against the backdrop of the African veld and Drakensburg Mountains.

Suggested Holiday Idea

View of Durban from the beach, South Africa

Visit Durban

Explore the coastal city of Durban, a colourful cultural melting pot.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Phinda Mountain Lodge £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Perched on a hilltop with uninterrupted mountain views, Phinda Mountain Lodge is the ultimate safari destination in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

View Property

Thonga Beach Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Wilderness

Stretching along the azure shores of the Maputuland coast in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal is Thonga Beach Lodge; with no development for over 60 miles up and down the beach, this sanctuary for marine life is unrivalled.

View Property

Sungulwane Private Game Lodge £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Inspired by the Zulu word for “the view of the eye”, Sungulwane Private Game Lodge overlooks the unspoiled wilderness of Zuka Private Game Reserve, providing an exclusive Big Five safari experience.

View Property

Three Trees Hill Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Wilderness

Tucked into the side of a rocky hill, overlooking the secluded Spioenkop Game Reserve in the valley below, lies the Three Trees Hill Lodge.

View Property

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

Talk with our experts
  • 01285 880 980

Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

Talk with our experts
  • 01285 880 980

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?


More about Steppes

F L E X I B I L I T Y P R O M I S E B O O K W I T H C O N F I D E N C E