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KwaZulu-Natal Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for KwaZulu-Natal , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Durban is the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal – one of the smallest provinces in South Africa – and offers shopping opportunities from vibrant malls, designer shops and outdoor markets, as well as access to wide open beaches along the coast or golf opportunities. KwaZulu-Natal, is an untamed wilderness of wide beaches, lush sub-tropical vegetation and the striking Drakensberg Mountains – a two-hundred-kilometre-long world heritage site of towering basalt peaks and dense forest. Durban offers In addition to their profound beauty and important biodiversity, they boast one of the largest collections of San Bushmen Rock Art Paintings in the world. This natural playground is perfect for adventure sports, offering the adrenalin rush of rock climbing, abseiling or white-water rafting to those who dare. It also has a unique heritage and visitors can explore the emotive history of the region with a visit to the infamous Zulu Battlefields at Isandlwana, where a series of tactical blunders resulted in a disastrous defeat for the British Army. Continue to Rorke's Drift where honour was dramatically restored by a handful of survivors, who earned eleven Victoria Crosses that day.

General Information
LanguageEnglish, Afrikaans
Time Difference-2 hours
CurrencySouth African Rand


Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.


KwaZulu Natal Provence enjoys a warm, coastal climate with plenty of sunshine, quite a lot of humidity and a fair amount of light rainfall.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for KwaZulu-Natal.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

Flight Information
Via Johannesburg with Emirates from Dubai to Durban.
Via Johannesburg with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Durban.
Via Johannesburg with Qatar Airways from Doha to Durban.

Flight Time
From Dubai to Durban: 8 hours, 25 minutes.

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Travel Planning
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