KwaZulu-Natal is a fantasy land of nature and wonder in the most abundant ways possible. In search of some quality places to explore this summer? Here’s a list of our favourite hidden gems to discover in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Drakensberg has been one of Kwazulu-Natal’s favourite attractions for decades, but the Amphitheatre puts the cherry on the cake. Renowned as one of the greatest geographical features in South Africa, this sturdy goliath boasts a cliff face that measures over five km and is a paradise for any hiking enthusiast. The amphitheatre is home to the second highest waterfall in the world, Tugela Falls, ensuring no shortage of scenery. Whether you’re setting out to uncover the base of Tugela Falls, or manoeuvring your way through chain ladders to catch a glance from the top, the Drakensberg never disappoints.
KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Route
If you are interested in learning about some of the bloodiest battles fought on South African soil between the British, the Dutch-born Boers and the Zulu nation, then head for the famous Battlefields Route in KwaZulu-Natal. Home to more than 82 battlefields, as well as museums, forts and memorials, this route takes visitors through a selection of war sites in different periods. But that is not all! within this same area, or close by, are some of the best game parks and conservancies in the country where you can see the Big Five, fantastic bird viewing areas, the magnificent mountains of the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Heritage Park, numerous adventure sports sites and of course Zulu Culture and Heritage sites.
Karkloof Nature Reserve
The Karkloof is an exceptional, unspoilt area in the north of the Natal Midlands, filled with mistbelt grasslands, wetlands and huge tracts of mistbelt forest. You can zipline through the trees with Karkloof Canopy Tours, from viewpoint to viewpoint, or drive to two well marked view sites. Karkloof Nature Reserve supports a range of flora and fauna species that include the Karkloof blue butterfly, samango monkeys, bushbuck, crowned eagle, and dwarf chameleon.
Tala Game Reserve
Tala shows you a world of wonder as you traverse its ‘off the beaten track’ 3,000 hectare paradise. Embark on game drive thrills and meet the local wildlife. Spot kudu, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, eland and other mighty creatures. Avid bird watchers are in for a treat with over 380 confirmed bird species across the reserve. For those wishing to stay, Tala treats travellers to a down-to-earth, secluded luxury experience, equipped with a pool. It’s perfect for families. Their dining options feature the La Tala Restaurant, with traditional outdoor bomas for dining under the stars.
Take a well-deserved break this summer and visit one of these amazing places in KwaZulu-Natal. You won’t regret it! If you’re looking for an exciting job opportunity in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.