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Tourist Attractions of KwaZulu Natal


Tourist Attractions of South Africa

South Africa is a vast and extremely fascinating country that packs a powerful tourist punch. Few countries can match it for variety and diversity in attractions, activities and cultural groups. From art and history to food and wine, wildlife and nature, nightlife, shopping and even places of worship – there is so much on offer to attract, entice and entertain.

The Western Cape with its mountains and oceans offers scenery that has inspired thousands of descriptions. It has great beaches, World Heritage sites, romantic winelands and museums that celebrate a rich cultural heritage. You can’t talk about a trip to Cape Town without discussing the fabulous cuisine and shopping options that draw tourists time and time again.

Gauteng’s brash exterior belies its depth, uncovered at numerous cultural and historical attractions. Places like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto feature alongside chi-chi restaurants, funky galleries, shopping malls and fascinating visits to the Cradle of Humankind, where all our stories began.

In Mpumalanga you’ll find a host of nature-related attractions, arts and crafts outlets, country towns, cultural villages and stupendous scenery along the well-known Panorama route. Of course one of the major attractions is the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Limpopo shares this wildlife sanctuary - the size of a small country - and has many of its own nature reserves. It also boasts the fascinating Mapungubwe, where once an ancient kingdom developed a field of influence that spread beyond the continent. Intriguing groups such as the Venda and the Balobedu still practise culturally-rich traditions in the far north of this region.

The North West is all about Sun City, and the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves, but don’t forget the mampoer farms and the idiosyncrasies of the Marico, the cultural mélange at Lesedi on the shores of the Hartebeespoort Dam or the little town of Taung where the famous skull of the same name was discovered. From the Margaret Roberts Herbal Farm (De Wildt) to Sol Plaaitje’s house in Mafikeng, there’s much to explore.

Immense skies and enormous spaces characterise the Northern Cape, along with attractions such as the Big Hole in Kimberley, the Loeriesfontein Windmill Museum and the myths and legends as taught by the ancient San. The Augrabies Falls National Park, the Ais/Ais Richtersveld National Park and the Riemvasmaak community all offer interesting experiences and insights.

KwaZulu-Natal has its own brand of uniqueness when it comes to tourist attractions. Here you can visit a Hare Krishna temple in Durban, pay your respects at the Battlefields in the Midlands, come face to face with Zulu culture and celebrate some of the finest beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. Sunny year-round, the province has great places to shop, eat, and discover.

The Eastern Cape is a place of rich heritage and struggle sites. Here historic monuments find their place alongside fun aquariums and beachside establishments. Malaria-free game sanctuaries and numerous nature reserves thrill adventure-seekers and nature-lovers.

Small towns and homegrown hospitality are the distinctive attributes of the Free State. Visit the Basotho Cultural Village on the way to the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, visit the Choet Visser Rugby Museum in Bloemfontein or the Fertility Caves (outside Clarens). Make your way to the fun galleries of Clarens, feast visually on the sandstone sights of Ficksburg and drink in the fascinating history of the provincial capital, Bloemfontein.

Wherever you go around the country, you’re bound to find a fun attraction, a moving museum, a great place to enjoy the local vibes. Enjoy surfing the Nightjar site for the best attractions on offer in each of the provinces.

Articles & Blogs

Live the Venue

Nightjar Travel 6:30am 20 May

Live the Venue

When you’re visiting a province, it’s so important to know what the best things to do on the weekend are because, lets be honest, weekends are when everyone comes out to play. If you’re into music and good company, then on your next visit to Durban, pop in to Live The Venue – the biggest and best place to go for live music gigs. With the best sound system in the country, nights at Live have become a weekend favourite for most Durbanites. With music ranging from rock to...

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Smoking Dragon

Valda 4:45am 18 Dec

Words Jennifer Stern, pics Johnson Chen

If you’re still wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve and don’t want to be in the city but also don’t want to be crowded cheek by jowl in some oh-so-popular holiday destination, Smoking Dragon may be what you’re looking for...

Like all really successful events, it started small. Ten years ago, Ilsa and Linda, who own and manage Amphitheatre Backpackers in the Northern Drakensberg, threw a New Year’s Party. It was such a success,...

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Visit Umhlanga

Little MMI 10:55am 10 Aug

We are delighted to welcome our latest guest blogger, Pamela Buckle, also known as Little Miss Mission Impossible. Pam is a blogger, radio presenter and gadget girl, and a travel and adventure seeker. In short, she works hard And plays hard! She will be sharing her adventures with us, but to start you off, tips for a visit to Umhlanga.

Top 10 Places to Visit Near Umhlanga

Umhlanga is known for its diverse adventure activities and entertainment facilities. Here are my Top 10 recommendations to visit near this...

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Theatre of Dreams

Nightjar Travel 2:40pm 21 Dec

What you doing for New Year? 

If you’re looking for something totally frivolous, seeing in 2013 at Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams is a good bet. The magnificent, velvet, ornately-decorated big top ‘Victoria’ will be in Natal on Hogmanay for the first time, and it’ll be one hell of a party! Dressing up is not mandatory, but the boutique has a wonderful selection of masks, boas and other colourful accessories if you’re feeling a bit drab after seeing the waitrons, who always go to town with their wacky costumes. 

After the welcome drinks in your booth ‘el Milagro’ (...

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