The Zulu nation originated in this region, spreading its influence under the leadership of warrior-king Shaka. They were later joined by European and Indian settlers, making the region the rich cultural mix that it is today.
Kwa-Zulu Natal enjoys a warm climate and lush, sub-tropical vegetation. Gorgeous, unspoilt sections of coastline stretch both north and south of the port city of Durban.
The Zulu are proud of their cultural tradition and there are many centers where one can partake in traditional dances, feasts, and celebrations. The Indian community of Durban have also maintained their culture, both Moslem and Hindu, and will gladly introduce you to their lifestyle and cuisine.
This region contains natural treasures beyond compare. The Lake St. Lucia wetlands are a world heritage site, while the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is a refuge for the scarce Black Rhinoceros. The majestic Drakensberg mountains in the center of the province are a major attraction. Go hiking or mountaineering amongst soaring peaks, rivers and waterfalls, or just kick back and breathe in the champagne air.
Pietermaritzburg is the judicial capital of the country, featuring colonial-style architecture and a wealth of museums and art galleries. This attractive city is surrounded by cozy lodges and small hotels, from which one can embark on excursions to the Natal Midlands or the Drakensberg.