Durban and KwaZulu-Natal

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  • 1. Nelson Mandela Capture Site

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    In 2012, on the 50th anniversary of Nelson's Mandela's capture, this breathtakingly dramatic steel sculpture was unveiled and the visitor center...Read More

  • 2. Amazulu Private Game Reserve and AmaKhosi Lodge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    More than 100 square km (39 square miles) of pristine wilderness on the perennial Mkhuze River are the attraction at this private reserve, where...Read More

  • 3. Assagay Coffee

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Take a tour to see how this 100% homegrown coffee, very popular with locals, is grown, roasted, and packaged. You may also find this distinctive...Read More

  • 4. Battle of Blood River Site

    Military Site

    One of the most important events in the history of South Africa, this battle, fought between the Boers and the Zulus in 1838, predates the Anglo...Read More

  • 5. Comrades Marathon

    Sports–Sight

    This is the world's oldest and largest ultra-marathon—approximately 90 km (56 miles) between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the race route changes...Read More

  • 6. Dumazulu Cultural Village

    Town/Village

    This village has a royal connection, having been opened by the current King of the Zulu, Goodwill Zwelithini. It's the largest traditional cultural...Read More

  • 7. Durban July

    Sports–Sight

    South Africa's most prestigious horse race sees tens of thousands of spectators descend on Greyville Racecourse to partake in one of the year...Read More

  • 8. Dusi Canoe Marathon

    Sports–Sight

    Paddlers compete in this 120-km (76-mile) kayak race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban along the Msindusi (Dusi) River. It's regarded as one...Read More

  • 9. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

    Information Center

    For more information on viewing rock-art sites, contact Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the province's official conservation organization. ...Read More

  • 10. Fugitives' Drift

    Historic District/Site

    This drift (ford) was where, on 22 January 1879, the British survivors of the Battle of Isandlwana crossed the Buffalo River, and it was here...Read More

  • 11. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Reputedly King Shaka's favorite hunting ground, Zululand's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi (pronounced shloo- shloo -ee im-fuh- low -zee) incorporates two...Read More

  • 12. Howick Falls

    Although this area in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands is mainly about dining, shopping, and the arts, this lovely waterfall is definitely...Read More

  • 13. Isandlwana

    Military Site

    The Battle of Isandlwana, on January 22, 1879, was a major defeat for the British army. Coming as it did at the very beginning of the Zulu War...Read More

  • 14. iSimangaliso Wetland Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (South Africa's first) in 1999, the iSimangaliso Wetland encompasses a number of disparate natural African...Read More

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  • 15. Ithala Game Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Close to the Swaziland border, Ithala (sometimes spelled "Itala"), founded in 1972 and run by KZN Wildlife, is a rugged region that drops 3...Read More

  • 16. Jozini Dam

    Dam

    It may be off the main tourist routes, but if you’ve time head for the huge, beautiful 160-square-km (62-square-mile) Jozini Dam (or Lake Jozini...Read More

  • 17. Ladysmith Siege Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Formerly an 1884 market house, this is regarded as the best South African (Anglo-Boer) War Museum in South Africa. Step back into history and...Read More

  • 18. Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The highlight of a visit here, if it's timed right, is to view the loggerhead and leatherback turtles. Nothing—not photographs, not wildlife...Read More

  • 19. Mr Price PRO

    Sports–Sight

    Around the end of June and the beginning of July, top surfers and surfing fans head to Ballito for one of the longest-running professional surfing...Read More

  • 20. Nottingham Road Brewery

    Nottingham Road | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    On the same premises as Rawdon's Hotel, this rustic microbrewery has developed a cult following. With names like Pickled Pig Porter, Whistling...Read More

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