The coastline of KwaZulu Natal has some of South Africa's best beaches, remote unspoiled hideouts and is heavenly for anyone devoted to sun, sand and surf looking for great bathing, surfing and water sports in warm water.
Offering a host of travel destinations, the year-round summer sunshine of Durban and the best in African wilderness and game viewing, KwaZulu Natal getaways include luxury lodges, private game reserves and spas.
The majestic Oribi Gorge
A nature-loverâ€™s paradise, situated only 32km from Port Shepstone, the Oribi Gorge offers one of the most spectacular natural wonders of KwaZulu Natal.
Impressive sandstone cliffs offer spectacular views of the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve and indigenous coastal forests are rich bio-diversity of plant, animal, insect and birdlife.
Travellers can enjoy the sight of the endangered Cape Vulture as well as some 255 bird species which are found in the gorge area. Fish Eagle and Egyptian Geese can be spotted at the main dam and feeding of the Cape Vultures can be arranged by appointment.
Southern Africa's plains animals can be seen on daily educational game drives as well as on hikes to discover bushman paintings in one of the caves or to the foot of the Lehrs and Hoopoe Falls. Other activities include white water rafting in summer, deep sea fishing charters and water sports.
Those looking for accommodation can find exclusive luxury villas resting on the edge of the sandstone cliffs of the Gorge; and visitors to owner-run boutique-style lodges like the Gorge Private Game Lodge and Spa can expect world-class service, unsurpassed hospitality and fine dining.
A day spa, mountain biking, guided excursions and trails amid abundant birdlife and game await all travellers to this beautiful region of Kwazulu Natal.
Forest and Beach Lodges
The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a treasured part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park forming a secluded sand forest on the banks of a placid lake.
It offers travellers the unique opportunity of exploring a pristine wetland environment in guided canoe trips, on boat cruises through the 18km lake system and its waterways, and on day trips to breathtaking coastal beaches.
Birding walks through the ancient Raffia Forest which is home to the Palm Nut Vulture and the Pel's Fishing Owl are available and the area can be explored by keen birders at their leisure.
Kosi Forest Lodge is the only private lodge in Kosi Bay Nature Reserve where travellers can find unique thatched suites in the forests along this beautiful lake side retreat.
Soothe your soul in the balmy waters of Mabibi Bay, at a sublime beach hideaway in the tropical dune forest just metres from the beach. For an exclusive experience of barefoot luxury including snorkelling on a protected reef, swimming with whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays, the Thonga Beach Lodge is a fantastic beach hideaway in the tropical dune forest of Mabibi Bay.
KwaZulu Natal getaways combine modern facilities, fascinating cultures and a rich history with beautiful landscapes displaying a host of natural wonders. It's the ideal place to discover some of the most beautiful unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches on the African continent.