Thursday, September 08, 2005

South Africa - Zulu Kingdom - (Travel Daily News)

South Africa - Zulu Kingdom - (Travel Daily News): "KwaZulu-Natal offers just about everything a tourist could want! And when better to shout its praises than during September - South Africa`s National Tourism Month!

It has majestic, rugged mountains that are, at times, covered in snow. It has rolling green countryside dotted with quaint villages, hotels, craft shops and farms. It has pristine wilderness inhabited by a huge diversity of wildlife, including the traditional Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Plus whales in the waters of the marine reserve off the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, making it the Big Six.

Then there are the beaches, ideal for swimming, surfing and sun worshipping. Of the 22 South African beaches with the international Blue Flag badge of quality, 14 are in KwaZulu-Natal. There are also stunning coral reefs for the enjoyment of diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. The climate is balmy and sub-tropical, and the sun shines all the year round - so there is never a bad time to plan a visit!

KwaZulu-Natal has a fascinating history. It is here that the Zulu nation was formed in the very early nineteenth century by Shaka, the great warrior king who built up a mighty empire and from whose clan the current Royal Family of the Zulus are descended. It is where the Anglo/Zulu War was fought and where a crushing defeat was inflicted on the British at Isandlwana. It is where decisive phases of the Anglo/Boer War were fought. Battlefields and monuments from these different military encounters are scattered about the province.

KwaZulu-Natal has the major city of Durban as entry point - and all the province`s many attractions are within a few hours` drive away from this hub. Durban is Africa`s largest harbour and itself a tourist attraction with its upmarket waterfront right in the heart of the city including the new uShaka Marine World Development - and a vibrant multi-cultural character.