BLOGGER LA VUE: 10 KZN tourist sites to test this Month of Tourism

LIVING in one of the most beautiful places in the world is completely wasted if we don’t go out and visit these amazing sites.

Considering September is Global Tourism Month – and with the tourism industry desperate for support after the devastation of Covid-19 – it’s a great time to get out in the sun and explore our own backyard.

To get you started, here are some of KZN’s top sights.

1. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
A Unesco World Heritage Site located right in Zululand – definitely worth a visit! Formerly called the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, it is a biologically diverse park made up of eight interconnected ecosystems, including coral reefs, lakes, dunes, savannas and swamps. It is a great place for wildlife viewing and swimming in the beautiful Kosi Bay.

2. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
If you live in Zululand and haven’t visited this world famous game reserve, this is your year. This is one of the few KZN play parks home to the Big Five, with massive conservation projects dedicated to protecting rhinos. You can enjoy a self-game drive or spend the night in cabins, lodges or safari tents.

3. Emdoneni Lodge Cheetah Project
Also based in Hluhluwe is this incredible sanctuary that rehabilitates the cheetah for the wild. Some of these animals were raised illegally as pets, others were homeless and in need of shelter, and all of them found happy homes here. There is also comfortable accommodation with excellent hospitality and South African cuisine.

4. Sodwana Bay
Sodwana Bay lies along the “Elephant Coast”, with its golden sandy beaches, clear waters and incredible reefs that attract divers from all over the world. It was off Sodwana Bay that the coelacanth, believed to be extinct, was found alive and healthy. This fish is over 65 million years old, having survived dinosaurs!

5. Sani Pass
Between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho, an 8 km road culminates at 2,876 m. This road crosses the Mzimkulwana Nature Reserve with stunning natural vegetation. Only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed between the two border posts, snow and ice making it more dangerous.

6. The KZN Battlefields Route
Zululand is a hive of history, having been the scene of battles between the Zulus, the Boers and the British. Today’s Battlefields Route takes visitors to actual battle sites, forts, memorials, and museums with knowledgeable tour guides sharing incredible stories from far and wide.

7. The Valley of a Thousand Hills
It is an incredibly green valley with thousands of grassy hills cut by the Umgeni River. Beyond the incredible views, the area has a number of key tourist attractions such as museums and safari parks, as well as restaurants and craft stores and other retail options.

8. Gorges de l’Oribi
Towards the southern coast of KZN is a spectacular gorge created millions of years ago when the Umzimkulwana River meandered out to sea. There is so much to offer in this incredible place, including tours of agritourism and heritage, extreme adventures (zip line, suspension bridge, gorge swing), game viewing and other great excursions.

9. The Midlands
Inland is the popular KZN Midlands, reminiscent of the English countryside with its verdant hills, lush lawns, streams, dams and rustic architecture. It’s a great place for a weekend getaway, with plenty of activities on offer for kids and adults.

10. The Golden Mile of Durban
For a more social and natural outing, Durban’s seafront is a good bet. The upgraded Golden Mile is a welcoming promenade with great entertainment venues, hotels, shops, restaurants and, of course, some of the best swimming beaches around. This is also where the popular uShaka Marine World is located with its stunning slides, swimming pools and world famous aquarium.

Keep in mind that Covid-19 is always very present, so while exploring these amazing tourist spots, follow all regulations to keep you and your family safe.

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