Discovering KwaZulu-Natal

Zulu Men. Image by Georgio at fr.wikipedia

The province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa can be divided into 8 areas of interest. If you have plans of visiting the province, it would help you to know these areas because it can direct you where to go for the kind of adventure or experience you are seeking.

These 8 areas are Zululand, South Coast, Pietermaritzburg & Midlands, North Coast, Maputaland (Elephant Coast), Drakensberg, Durban Metro, and Battlefields. Briefly, here are the main attractions in each of the 8 areas:

  • Zululand – Known for game-watching, game reserves, hiking, and amazing African photo opportunities
  • South Coast – Sunshine, beaches, sardines, dolphin and whale-watching, golf courses
  • Pietermaritzburg & Midlands – Country lifestyle with waterfalls, museums, beautiful rolling hills, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, and a plethora of incredible art galleries
  • North Coast – Also known as Dolphin Coast
  • Elephant Coast (Maputaland) – Turtles, whales, rhinos, and elephants in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park
  • Durban Metro – A cosmopolitan city where you find South Africa’s busiest port
  • Drakensberg – Known for its basalt cliff mountains, yellowwood forests, and blistering waterfalls
  • Battlefields – Historical location of the Zulu wars

KZN Accommodations in Battlefields

Long before our current age where one can access the Internet on your tablet PC, KwaZulu-Natal battlefields saw military strategies and executed. Historical persons like Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi were here at one point or another in an effort to end conflict and war. Some of the top accommodations in the area will put you smack into the midst of historical towns and within walking distance to national monuments.

There is also white-water rafting, hunting, and some of the best African crafts like blown glass. Here are some of the top and accredited accommodations in Battlefields:

Central Development South Nxala Ranch – From the cozy thatched-roof lodge to the stunning open space surroundings, you will feel the true essence of being in South Africa. Yet, the lodge itself is luxurious and relaxing. You can go fishing, hiking, game viewing, and visit the historical sites. Only 4 bedrooms are available in this lodge.

Century Place B&B – Built in 1918, this house Newcastle is now considered a national architectural monument. It is in walking distance to business offices, the hospital, and has its own garden for some R&R.

Esiweni Lodge – This is a highly-rated, malaria-free, intimate lodge good enough for ten people. It’s located atop a cliff so the view is stupendous. The rates are all inclusive of 3 meals a day and 2 game trips with access to their private swimming pool and bar.

Peaches and Cream B&B or Penryn B&B – Two of the most gracious accommodations in KwaZulu-Natal where you get charming friendly staff to assist you with most of your needs. Peaches and Cream B&B is in Ladysmith Town while Penryn B&B is in Central Dundee.

Rorke’s Drift Lodge – If you’re looking for an out-of-the-way place to stay in Battlefield, Rorke’s Drift promises 1,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty with a designated area where animals are free to roam. All vehicles must follow the strict 20 KPH speed limit.  Children are welcome but parents have to be reminded that the lodge isn’t 100% child proof.

Sneezewood Farm B&B – Just 5 kilometers from town, this KZN accommodation takes you right to the site of the Battlefields. It has been highly rated with 6 elegant rooms, a gift shop and friendly staff.

Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge – This is a 5 star accommodation that sits on 20,000 acres of land, malaria-free with natural rivers and waterfalls. It’s only 3 hours from Johannesburg and 2.5 from Durban but captures South Africa perfectly.