Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park
This game reserve is claimed to be one of the oldest if not the oldest in Africa. Home to a wide variety of wildlife including the big 5 and quite unusually a healthy population of both black and white rhino.
Being fairly close to the coast; it is possible to have a game drive in the morning and dive into the Indian Ocean before the sun sets. What a superb day!
This region is where most of the battles that forged the nation of South Africa took place between the Boers, the Zulus and the colonial British.
If you have any kind of interest in history, spend a couple of nights here, and stay at one of the lodges that offer the guided history tours such as Fugitives Drift. The passionate historians tell the stories in order over 2 days and really bring it all to life.
The Drakensberg Escarpment continues in an arc from Mpumlanga and provides a stunning backdrop to the hinterland of KZN, a place to take a picnic and hill walk, or horse-ride, or mountain bike or fly fish. Or just relax and breathe in the clear crisp mountain air. A trip to Cathedral Peak and Giant’s Castle is a day not wasted.
Northern KZN Coast
Moving to the coast KZN has some of the best beaches in Africa, stretching up from Richards Bay to the Mozambique border with names such as St Lucia, Kosi and Rocktail. These are wild and remote beaches with superb diving and space to relax – it is a wonderful secluded spot to enjoy the activities or simply relax after a whirlwind South Africa trip.