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4 Highlights Of Walking In Kwa Zulu Natal Sep 13

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Submitted by: Tony Maniscalco

If you like to spend your holidays wildlife watching and walking, South Africa is a destination you won’t want to miss. The landscapes vary from coastlines to mountain ranges, game reserves to wineland regions and, wherever you choose to go in this country, you are sure to find some truly breathtaking scenery for unforgettable walking holidays.

The region of KwaZulu-Natal has so many natural highlights and some of the very best walking South Africa has to offer. Located in the east of the country, it is a region of outstanding natural beauty that is also steeped in ancient Zulu culture, with its own Zulu king acting as spiritual leader for the province.

If you go walking in KwaZulu-Natal, here are four of the very best highlights on offer, from national parks and towering mountain ranges to notable historical sights…

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

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The oldest park in the country, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is a big attraction for animal lovers on a South Africa walking holiday. There is a huge range of wildlife to be seen here, with all Big Five game animals (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo), a great number of different birds, and the largest number of white rhino in the world. Self-guided and guided walks, game drives and boat trips up the main river all offer opportunities to get up close and personal with the wildlife at this reserve.

Rourke’s Drift

The site of Rourke’s Drift, located in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, has become legendary due to the battle that was fought there in 1879. A tiny garrison of just over a hundred British soldiers, based at the small mission station and hospital that was there at that time, held off a force of many thousands of Zulu warriors. Famously dramatised in the film Zulu, starring Michael Caine, visiting present day Rourke’s Drift is likely to be a real highlight for history buffs and fans of spectacular countryside alike!

Drakensberg Mountains

This dramatic mountain range is the highest set of mountains in South Africa. The mountains are known as ‘The Barrier of Spears’ in Zulu and, once you see the imposing sight of the range itself, you’ll understand why! With the strikingly beautiful mountains and a surrounding area that is rich with diverse wildlife, it’s a real pleasure to explore the Drakensberg Mountains on foot. Whilst you are here, don’t miss out on the legendary Amphitheatre a walk to the top of this vertical rock face provides one of the finest views in South Africa!

Royal Natal National Park

Located in the shadow of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Natal National Park is an ideal place to visit for walkers, with a wide range of graded walks suitable for all levels that showcase the very best sights that the park has to offer. The Tugela Falls are the must see in the park, being the second highest waterfall in the world at 948 metres high.

About the Author: Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Operating since 1946, they now offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in more than 90 different countries. Whilst

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with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, you can walk the most scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices.


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