Where can you find an outstanding World Heritage Site, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest game park in Africa, and South Africa’s supreme Dive Resort? The exuberant heart of the Zulu Kingdom. For superb coastal resources, visit Zululand, with its Greater St Lucia (iSimangaliso) Wetland Park, Hluluwe-iMfolozi Park and rich Anglo-Zulu history.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park, the country’s third-largest wildlife sanctuary and a magnificent World Heritage Site, is Internationally-renowned and boasts a spectacular coastline, the second-highest vegetated sea-dunes on earth, and pods of hippo, crocodile and elephant. With its numerous environments and no fewer than 367 species of birds, the park is a remarkable feast for the senses. A major draw-card to the Zululand region is the opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ in the vast Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The Rhino Capture Unit of the park can take credit for helping save the endangered White Rhino from the brink of extinction. The Park is also home to 86 special species including hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena and the blue wildebeest, and as a prime birding destination, boasts 340 different bird species.
In the past few years, the town of St Lucia has developed into a centre of action and adventure. Visitors set out to sea to watch the dolphins at play, they brave the surf with jet-boats, go snorkelling, scuba-diving, horse-riding or quad-biking. Near at hand is the sub-continent’s only breeding ground for the giant leatherback turtles, which can be seen at night. There’s more than enough on offer for everyone at this lively Coastal Resort.
Could anything be more romantic than a walk on pristine beaches, flanked by some of the world’s most beautiful dune forests on the one hand, and the deepest aquamarine ocean on the other? You’ll be enraptured by the tranquil loveliness of the Zululand coastline.
Part of the magnetism of the underwater mecca of Sodwana Beach is the solitude and serenity of the ocean. Scuba-divers glide among the teeming fish-life in the warm waters of the coral reefs. Even the shipwrecks add their quaint appeal to this spectacular experience. The abundance and colours of the marine life have to be seen to be believed.
Can't Be Missed - Zululand
- Have a close-up encounter with hippos, from a boat on Lake St Lucia.
- Catch sight of the white rhino, elephant and giraffe in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
- Revel in a day’s snorkelling at Cape Vidal.
- Venture out on a St Lucia night-safari to see the giant leatherback turtles.
- Go scuba-diving at Sodwana, one of the world’s top dive-sites.
- Recapture the horrors of the Anglo-Zulu battles at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
- Sip traditional home-made Zulu beer at a cultural kraal-village.