Durban and KwaZulu-Natal: Places to Explore


  • Babanango

    The tiny hamlet of Babanango is a major agricultural center and a great place to base your exploration of the battlefields.

  • Dolphin Coast

    Located about an hour north of Durban, the Dolphin Coast (aka North Coast) lies along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, making it a popular vacation spot for South Africans. The area's many...

  • The Drakensberg

  • Dundee

    Once a busy coal-mining town, Dundee still has straight roads wide enough for the ox wagons of pioneer days to turn in, but today it's just a small commercial center in an area of subdued farming activity.

  • Durban

    Durban has the pulse, the look, and the complex face of Africa. It may have something to do with the summer heat, a clinging sauna that soaks you with sweat in minutes. If you wander into the...

  • Isandlwana

  • The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

    Set amid the rolling green foothills of the Drakensberg, the Midlands encompass waterfalls, lakes, reservoirs, forests, fields, Zulu villages, game reserves, and battle sites. The climate is...

  • Ladysmith

    Ladysmith, dating back to the middle of the 19th century, became famous around the world during the South African War, when it outlasted a Boer siege for 118 days. Nearly 20,000 people were caught...

  • Rorke's Drift

  • South Coast

    Vacation towns like Scottburgh, Margate, Ramsgate, Trafalgar, and Palm Beach dot KwaZulu-Natal's southern coast, which stretches for more than 200 km (125 mi) from Durban in the north to Port...

  • Spioenkop

    The Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) was the biggest, the longest, the costliest, the bloodiest, and the most humiliating war that Great Britain had ever fought. The Battle of Spioenkop near...

  • Umhlanga

    Also known as Umhlanga Rocks (meaning Place of the Reeds), this area used to be a small vacation village, but Durban's northward sprawl has incorporated it into a popular and upscale residential...

  • Valley of a Thousand Hills

    In the early part of the 19th century, before cars were introduced, wagons traveled from the port of Durban up along the ridge of this region of plunging gorges, hills, and valleys into the...


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