Join us as we explore some of the most extraordinary adventures & attractions in three of KZN’s regions, the Battlefields, North Coast and Pietermaritzburg & Midlands.

The Battlefields Route

If you’re fascinated by wars & battles of old, the Battlefields Route in KZN is an absolute must-visit. You can opt for historical tours that feature the eras or battles that interest you most:

  • Early Zulu Conflicts: The life & times of King Shaka Zulu.
  • Voortrekker – Zulu Conflict: The struggle for land between Zulu King Dingane & his men & the Afrikaans Voortrekkers.
  • Anglo Zulu War: A fight for power between Zulu King Cetshwayo & the British who ruled at the time.
  • The Zulu Civil War: A reflection of the division of Zululand when the British government removed King Cetshwayo from a position of power & divided the Zulu Kingdom into regions.
  • The Rebellion of Langalibalele: An uprising against the colonial government for enforcing registration of firearms
  • Transvaal War of Independence: The Transvaal Republic’s fight for independence from the British.
  • Anglo Boer War: The redcoats versus the Boere.
  • Bhambatha Rebellion: A defiance against unjust poll taxes that were introduced byt the Natal Colonial Government

Guided tours are highly recommended, but should you wish to explore it solo, it is advisable to read up on each of these eras beforehand – to ensure you derive the maximum from it.

 North Coast

The North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, also referred to as the “Dolphin Coast” has a host of unusual attractions that will delight local or international travellers:

  • Unparalleled beaches: The North Coast boasts some of the most exquisite beaches in the world: Ballito, Blythedale, Prince’s Grant & Sheffield, the latter which is also a top snorkelling spot.
  • The Zulu Heritage Route: Follow in the footsteps of King Shaka at Salt Rock where he once lived, at Shaka’s Rock that was his top look-out point for enemy intrusions & KwaDukuza-Stanger where a memorial was built for him on his burial grounds.
  • Discover Indian culture: With its high population of Indian people, this area showcases the lives of Indian labourers who were originally brought here to toil on the sugar cane fields. There are also a myriad of impressive Indian temples worth visiting & vibrant markets where one can buy authentic trinkets & spices at bargain prices.

Pietermaritzburg & Midlands

The Pietermaritzburg & Midlands region in KZN has such a multitude of attractions, that you are bound to discover something new on each visit. Here are the top three:

  • The Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Midlands: Just outside Howick, you will find the iconic sculpture of Mandela, made up of 50 steel column constructs that are between 6.5 & 9.5 metres tall.
  • Michaelhouse in Midlands: An architectural masterpiece built in 1896, this was the school of John van der Ruit, author of the famous Spud
  • The Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg: Described as one of the most attractive racecourses in South Africa, it has Spanish-style buildings, several restaurants, a pub & picnic enclosure. The popular Tsogo Sun Golden Horse Casino is also on the same premises.


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