Located on the western coast of South Africa and bordered by the kingdom of landlocked Swaziland to the north is the unique region of KwaZulu-Natal, undoubtedly the ancestral home of the Zulu people, packed with some of the most interesting and diverse landscapes anywhere in Africa. From the incredible Drakensberg Mountains to the shimmering coast dotted with white sandy beaches and a marine ecosystem that is one of the richest in the world. For history buffs, there is the outbacks of the Zulu people to contend with most notably the Anglo-Zulu war in the late 19th Century that changed the course of African history forever. Finally, the bush - home to an incredible abundance of wildlife including the cheetah and the endangered black rhino. There is no reason KwaZulu-Natal is not on your list of destination to discover in South Africa.
Exclusive to AndBeyond, the Phinda Private Game Reserve teems with incredible variety of wildlife, home to all of the large carnivores such as lion, leopard and cheetah as well as a healthy populations of white rhinos, elephants, giraffes and buffaloes. The endangered black rhinos are rare but with enforcement of strict measures against poaching in place, numbers are improving. To the waters, the warm Indian Ocean off the coasts of KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most biodiverse marine hotspots in the world renowned for the humpback and southern right whales which migrate north along the coast during June and July and back south again in September and October. Dolphin sightings are also a daily occurrence year-round and one of the world's great marine migrations in the form of the Sardine Run, taking place each year in June and July when huge shoals arrive followed by the sharks, dolphins and seabirds that are tracking them. For game fishing enthusiasts, the waters here teems with tuna, barracuda, marlin, sailfish and more.