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					Luxury holidays in South Africa present a wide variety of options for holidaymakers.
From idyllic beaches to authentic African safaris, and hot springs in desert settings to
rolling lush green hills, South Africa travel is diverse and beautiful. One of the most
beautiful regions in the country is KwaZulu-Natal, where rolling hills and beautiful
shoreline set the perfect scene for holidays.

The Zulu Kingdom

As the name suggests, KwaZulu-Natal is home to the Zulu African tribe. In the Zulu
language, kwa means of, so the literal translation of the provinces name means of the
Zulus. The Zulu people have lived in the area for centuries, and their rich culture is
evident throughout the region. uShaka Zulu was the Zulu king, and you will find his
name throughout the country whilst on South Africa travels, with many sites being
named after him.

To give foreigners insight into their culture and way of life, tours to rural villages are
offered, and the residents welcome guests into their village. Provided you do not go
with a voyeuristic attitude, the locals are likely to greet you with open arms. You can
enjoy a pint of traditional beer with the locals, and if you want to learn your fortune or
cure any ailments, you can make a stop at the house of the isangoma, an African
witchdoctor. All in all, you will be given the opportunity to partake in Zulu traditions
on your South Africa travels.

Inanda Township

On tailor-made holidays to South Africa, a common daytime excursion is to go on a
township tour. While some people may view this as politically incorrect, these tours
actually generate a considerable amount of money into the local communities, and are
generally focused on cultural experiences and opening up different communities to
the world. Township tours in the KwaZulu-Natal province frequently occur in the
Inanda township, just outside the city of Durban. On this tour you will have the
opportunity to visit the Ohlange School, started by ANC founder John Dube, making
for a historically fascinating trip. You will also get to visit a local shebeen, where you
can enjoy a drink or two in the buzzing heart of the community.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

This game reserve is the only reserve in KwaZulu-Natal to host all the members of the
Big 5, making it a great stopping point for South Africa travellers. While this is not
one of the better known South African game reserves, it provides an excellent safari
opportunity nonetheless. On your game drives, in addition to seeing the Big 5, you
can expect to see giraffe, blue wildebeest and even the rare wild dog, as well as a
range of smaller game. And with the warm climate of KwaZulu-Natal, you can expect
to have a sunny safari on your tailor-made holiday in South Africa.
Umhlanga and Umhloti

Umhlanga and Umhloti are two of the most beautiful beaches in KwaZulu-Natal, and
are extremely popular amongst holidaymakers on their South Africa travels. Situated
about half an hour outside the city of Durban, these two beautiful beaches are easy to
reach. Pretty rock pools are waiting to be explored, and the warm Indian Ocean water
is enticing in the hot Durban sun. But swimmers should be aware that the currents are
strong, and they should not wander too far from the designated swimming areas
monitored by lifeguards.

Whatever type of experience you want from you luxury holiday in South Africa,
KwaZulu-Natal is sure to provide you with a range of activities to choose from. And
in this diverse region you can go from idyllic beach settings to game reserves to
vibrant community settings within a matter of hours.

				
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