Hidden gems of KwaZulu-Natal

8 Aug 2016

KwaZulu-Natal is known as the Kingdom of the Zulu and rightfully so – it’s South Africa’s very own dynasty with a wealth of natural beauty, rich culture and vibrant energy that can’t be found anywhere else. The beat of the African drums beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the province and its entire splendour. Here’s what you’ll find on your next visit.

Bravery on battlefields

Isandlwana Lodge,  Anglo-Zulu Battlefields

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Tour guides at Isandlwana Lodge gives visitors an eerie sense of what occurred on the battlefields of Spionkop and Isandlwana over a century ago. Spionkop (which means “Spy’s Hill”) is where many brave British and Boer soldiers fought during the Anglo-Boer War in 1900 and in Isandlwana, the Zulu military fought the Boer in 1879.

Have a bite

Tower of Pizza

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Among the majestic Drakensberg Mountains lies the Tower of Pizza.  What makes this establishment so unique is the huge grain silo where the pizza is baked in wood-burning ovens. After a delicious meal, if you’re too tired to carry on the journey, lay your head down at the three-star accommodation lodge situated on the premises.

The Farmer’s Daughter

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Regardless whether you’re hungry or feeling peckish, everyone enjoys a home-cooked hearty meal that hits the spot. Think slow-roasted pot belly and handmade pastas or butter mash and roasted vegetables – is your mouth watering yet? Have a feast at The Farmer’s Daughter, situated in Howick, and enjoy these wholesome meals .

Be adventurous

Karkloof Canopy Tours

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A road trip is not a road trip unless you dare yourself to do at least one extreme activity while on route to your destination. Visit Karkloof Canopy Tours and challenge yourself to zip line high above the trees below. If you’re afraid of heights, this is the perfect activity to beat your fears and take in the amazing landscape KwaZulu-Natal is known for.

All Out Adventures

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Immerse yourself in the many adrenaline-fueled activities that All Out Adventures has to offer. From zip-lining and bungy jumping to swinging high above the treetops, R490 will get you unlimited rides on these exhilarating attractions. So head to Northern Drakensberg (just off the R74) and experience the thrill.

Royal Natal Mahai Campsite


Situated in the Royal Natal National Park is the Royal Natal Mahai Campsite. The flowing streams, high mountain peaks, and magnificent views add to the serenity of the campsite. If hiking is not your thing, enjoy horse riding, trout fishing or many other activities on offer.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

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On the 5th of August 1962 on an isolated road in the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelson Mandela (who was on the run for 17 months) was pulled over by policemen. Decades later, on that exact site, is an incredible sculpture to commemorate South Africa’s greatest leader. Travel on the R103 near Howick and learn more about what occurred on this lonely stretch of road.

Midlands Meander

From crafts and art stalls to quaint local shops selling unique beaded artwork, the Midlands Meander is perfect pit stop to shop or grab a bite to eat.

Get some rest

Didima Camp Cathedral Peak

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From a reasonable rate of only R1120 per night, the Didima Camp Cathedral Peak offers luxurious chalets that are warm, cosy and worth every penny. Besides the impeccable service and the magnificent views of the Drakensberg Mountains, the cuisine on offer will impress any food critic.

Alpine Heath Resort

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Considering this four-star, self-catering mountain village was recently voted number one in the Family Resort category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels, guests will definitely not be disappointed when they check into the Alpine Heath Resort.  

Lythwood Lodge

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Experience the best of the countryside when you book into the Lythwood Lodge based in the foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain range.

KwaZulu-Natal is waiting to be explored – venture out and visit these incredible places in and around this beautiful province. Take a Sho’t Left to the Kingdom of the Zulu with these amazing travel deals.