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Intro to KwaZulu-Natal (province) hotels and accommodations

Kwazulu-Natal Introduction

Sandwiched between Lesotho and the Indian Ocean, the great slab of South Africa called Kwazulu-Natal comes carved by inselberg mountains and peppered with cosmopolitan cityscapes. On the coast in the east, fun-loving Durban ticks over to the sound of clinking beers and the roars of surfers on the waves. In the west, the chiselled peaks of the Maloti-Drakensberg park houses some of the world’s greatest rock art, while the savannahs of Pietermaritzburg draw many hikers to their rolling wilds.

Hotels in Kwazulu-Natal

In a province that ranges from the coast to the mountains, the city to the savannah, it's hardly surprising there are a whole host of different types of hotels. In the highland towns of the west, you can find cosy hideaways amidst the peaks, many offering outdoor braais and breathtaking views of the Drakensberg. In places like Pietermaritzburg, regal Victorian hotels mix with budget guesthouses with motel-style suites, while Durban has its own array of 5-star resorts on the sea, peppered with swaying palm trees, and touting gyms, outdoor pools and even villa-style accommodations with kitchens.

Where to stay

Where you opt to stay in this rugged, salt-sprayed province will depend entirely on what sort of holiday you're after. If you're eager to hit the hiking trails of the UNESCO national parks along the border with Lesotho, then why not look to the tepee camps and ecolodges around Underberg? You can bed down as the stars twinkle atop the icy Drakensberg ranges. If you want cocktails, surfing and sunbathing, then Durban's chic resorts fit perfectly – look to Umhlanga Rocks for pools and luxury. And for safaris, there's always Hluhluwe, with its acacia-spotted plains, lion prides and hippos.

Things to see

Once you arrive in Kwazulu-Natal hotels, it's time to head out and explore the endless wonders of this province. For those staying in the north, there are bucket-list safari drives awaiting in the Zululand, where the vast reaches of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve unfold in a medley of wandering elephants and yawning lions. And talking of the Zululand, there's the breathtaking Valley of 1000 Hills. This awesome natural landscape bubbles from the ground between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and is still home to the rustic thatched hamlets and tribal steads of the Zulu people. Alternatively, you could follow the Battlefields route through Newcastle's backcountry, and see the remnants of British forts and military museums aplenty. Or, there are the rugged Drakensberg mountains. These bare bluffs of basalt stone play host to famous spots like Devil’s Hoek, the Gudu Falls and the glorious Sigubudu Valley – perfect for hikers.

How to get to Kwazulu-Natal

Durban's King Shaka International Airport is the main entry point to the province of Kwazulu-Natal from the air. Carriers connect the region with other countries across Africa and the Middle East from here. It's also possible to get in via train from cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, while the Baz Bus network has a connection to the city of Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape. Renting a car to reach Kwazulu-Natal is also a great idea, with the N2 and N3 highways offering easy access to most parts of the province.

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