Rough and ready, smart and sophisticated, rural and rustic, there’s no doubting that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is eclectic. It’s a region where glassy malls touch shabby suburbs, and action-packed adventurers ooze adrenaline while laid-back beach bods drip with suntan lotion.
Mountainscapes contrast with flat dry savannahs while the towns’ downtown streets, teeming with African life, markets and noise, are in stark contrast to the sedate tribal settlements in rural
areas. Here, too, is traditional Zululand, whose people are fiercely proud of their culture.
Throw in the wildlife – the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and rare marine species – the historic intrigue of the old Battlefields. The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment.
With wonderful hiking opportunities, and long steatches of sandy beaches, this region offers a tantalising taste of local heritage and authentic African highlights that should be on every tourist ‘must-do’ list.