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Two weeks in KwaZulu-Natal

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Two weeks in KwaZulu-Natal

Our first visit to South Africa - will be spending two weeks in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of August - what should we not miss?

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My list this year will include:

A visit to a couple of the many game parks/reserves (self-drive).

Cream scones at the Botanic Gardens in Durban and music by the lake if there's a concert when I'm there.

A visit to Ushaka Marine world in Durban.

A zip wire trip through the canopy up at Kloof.

Some time on the beach (somewhere to be decided yet!).

Some Midlands Meandering to pick up some unusual pressies to bring home (and some additions for our African themed dining room).

A hike or two, possibly in the Drakensburg.

Plenty of good dining.

Perhaps a visit to the new winery (mmm, not the first thing that springs to mind in KZN is it).

No battlefields this year, but for many this would be unmissable.

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Thanks for this - great ideas to work on - may come back to you at a later date!

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The highlights from our trip to South-Africa and Kwazulu Natal in particular were:

3 nights in Giant's Castle Game Reserve in The Drakensberg, what a fantastic place is this! We made some great hikes there, had beautiful weather and enjoyed the silence around us. Absolutely great!

We also stayed 2 nights in a safari tent at Mpila Camp in Imfolozi Game Reserve where saw lost of Rhino's which was also great. A nice and quiet reserve compared to Kruger where you feel really in touch with nature.

St. Lucia along the coast is also a beautiful area where you can do lost of things like whale watching, make game drives in the wetland park, snorkel, croc and hippo tours etc.

We also stayed 2 nights at Mkuze game Reserve but this was really disappointing for us because the roads were bad and we didn't see really interesting things.

But there are also a lot of other reserves which we haven't visited but also look great like Ithala and Tembe Elephant Park.

Good luck!

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Every one has pretty much summed it up for you beach bush berg and battlefields are what Kzn is famous for.

Drakensberg is in 3 parts, southern, northern and central all are beautiful in there own way.

Battlefields in northern kzn - reaccounts and site visits to great zulu, anglo and boer wars (amazing narrations)

Beach, we have a whole coastline of beautiful beaches and warm Indian Ocean and subtropical vegetation and climate

Bush - Northern Kzn Coastline Zululand is where you will find all the game parks, private and public.

http://www.kzn.org.za/index.php

www.kimssouthafrica.blogspot.com

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good advice so far, split your time between

Berg - The Drakensberg mountains are a must, we enjoyed Cathedral Peak Hotel.

Bush - You can't beat Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Game Reserve

Beach - the South Coast has many kilometers of pristine beaches including 4 blue flag beaches. Shelly Beach is nice and central to the area with shops and restaurants, Southbroom and Ramsgate also lovely.

Oribi Gorge a must do and August will be a good time for whale watching.

Take a boat trip from Shelly Beach and get closer to these gentle giants and maybe spot dolpins too.

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Why is Oribi Gorge a "must do"? I was planning to spent all my time in KwaZulu-Natal in and north of Durban but perhaps I have to rethink it.

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Oribi Gorge is a hidden gem, not too commercialised with amazing views, walks and scenery. I was mentioning it more of a 'must do' if you were visiting the South Coast, which I still feel would be nice for you to get more of a feel for our beauiful area, as it is quite different from the North Coast.

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