South Africa Backpacker Travel Guide

  • Cape Town

    Cape Town

    Cape Town Stadium - Cape Town

    The beautiful “Mother City” welcomes and embraces everyone who wants to experience her. Cape Town is warm, wise, and beautiful. She possesses a personality to match every visitor and their mood. She is the Gateway to Africa, the Crossroads of the Sea. Established in1652 by the Dutch East India Company as a replenishment station, Cape Town has developed into a melting pot of nationalities and varied influences.

    How you enjoy Cape Town and how you will remember her all depends on your experience. There are so many options, Table Mountain, Long Street, Robben Island, the pristine beaches, the scenic drives, restaurants and night clubs. You are guaranteed to fall in love with her.

    Cape Town has been described in many ways and means different things to many different people, but remains as firm and welcoming as the sand stone of Table Mountain. If you want to experience the many joys that this city has to give. We advise you to start early, stay up late and go to everything and do everything.

    What to see and do

  • Cape PointCape Point - Cape Town

    The most south-westerly point of Africa. Views are spectacular from the highest sea cliffs in the world. Cape Point has something to entertain everyone; history,whale & dolphin watching, baboons and buck, hiking, swimming or just a lazy funicular ride the top to take in the view.

  • Penguins on Boulder's Beach Boulders Beach Penguins - Cape Town
    Don’t be surprised to hear donkey-braying when you visit. It’s only the land call of the Jackass Penguin, of which Boulders has over a thousand. You may be tempted to hug the cute birds, but they tend to be shy on land. So, if you encounter one, just smile and wave.
  • Surfing
    The warmer waters and long wave breaks of Muizenberg attract many surfers. Surfers dot the turquoise water and the beach stretches forever.
  • Drakensberg

    Drakensberg - KwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg

    These beautiful mountains also known as “the mountains of the dragon” are in an area of dramatic beauty. Three thousand metre high peaks soar above grassy valleys and crystal clear streams. Superb day and overnight hikes lead the visitor into one of the world’s rarities – true wilderness.

    What to see and do

    • Drakensberg San Rock Art

      The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. Six hundred caves and shelters containing 35 000 superb rock paintings have been found in the park. These were made by the San people, hunter-gatherers who lived here from Stone-Age time until the mid 18th century (4000 years). The San drew both people and animals. Sadly, they no longer exist, having been exterminated by farmers and bounty hunters in the 1800’s. The rock art tells a story of San life, belief and spirituality. The Kamberg Rock Art Centre does guided walks to sites. The Giant’s Castle area has quality paintings.

    • Sani Pass

      A steep and rocky 4X4 track that is the only road crossing the sheer escarpment cliffs into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

    Backpacker Accommodation in the Drakensberg

    Hiking - Drakensberg Kwazulu-Natal

    Drakensberg backpacker tours

  • Durban & surrounds

    DurbanDurban

    Hot and spicy! Durbs-by-the-sea is South Africa’s most laid-back city. It’s hot, lush, and tropical and has miles of great swimming and surfing beaches. Exotic Indian and earthy Zulu influences add an exciting dimension to this buzzing city. Durbanites have been voted the friendliest people in South Africa. You don’t have to go far to escape the bustle of Durban. Take a short drive north or south of the city and you’ll find two idyllic beach destinations. Both are close enough to Durban to enjoy all its attractions and far enough away to feel that you’re out of the rat race.

    What to see and do

    • The Beachfront

      Durban has attractive brick-paved promenades from which you can take a ride in an outlandish rickshaw or shop for cheap curios at market stalls. If it’s glam you’re after - find it at the Beach Cafe’ at the Bay of Plenty.

    • Sharks Board

      They’re responsible for the nets that keep sharks away from swimming beaches. The Sharks Board do weekly shark dissections at their base in Umhlanga Rocks. You can also join them when they service the nets.

    • UShaka Marine World

      An aquarium, dolphinarium, water amusement park and shopping centre rolled into one convenient package. Take your cozzie.

    • ’Music at the Lake’ at the Botanical Gardens

      Regular performances by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. The gardens also host Carols by Candlelight, a Steel Tin Drum Festival and others.

    • Indian culture

      Indians have been in Durban for 150 years. Their cuisine speciality is a ‘bunny chow’ – a chunk of bread with its inside scooped out and filled with curry. Do some soul-searching in the ornamental gardens of the Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding in Chatsworth.

    • Victoria Street Market and others.

      Durban has markets galore - art and crafts markets, flea markets, fruit and veg markets, muti markets, markets in stables and markets on the beach. East meets Africa in the Victoria Street Market where some stalls sell Zulu beads and basketry and others sell Indian spices, fabric and brassware.

    Durban backpacker accommodation

    Durban Surrounds

  • Eastern Cape

    Eastern CapeEastern Cape - South Africa

    This is the Home of the amaXhosa people; Where Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela was born. It is 500km of coastline with pristine beaches and coastal dunes and sunny weather in which to enjoy them, appropriately named the ‘Sunshine Coast’. For a refreshing diversion from main route travelling in South Africa, head inland to the Eastern Cape interior. It’s filled with undiscovered jewels and quirkier attractions.

    What to see and do

    • Surfing

      “Bruces Beauties” in Cape St. Francis was immortalised in the cult surf movie “Endless Summer”. Jeffreys Bay’s Boneyards, Supertubes and Kitchen Window are all entrenched in surfing lore. East London also has popular surf spots at Main Beach and Nahoon.

    • Seaview Lion Park (25km outside PE)

      You get to pet lion cubs while they’re still cute and not too scary.

    • Addo Elephant Park

      Addo has over 450 elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, black rhino, leopard and a variety of antelope species. Also look out for meerkats and dung beetles.

    • The Owl House

      Helen Martins, an outsider in the little town of Nieu Bethesda, found her joy by taking the mundane and turning it into art. She used cement, bright paint and crushed glass to create fantastical figures around her house.

    • Valley of Desolation

      Starkly eroded dolomite pillars found in the Camdeboo National Park.

    Eastern Cape Backpacker Tours

  • Garden Route

    Garden Route Garden Route - South Africa

    This stretch of coast from Mossel Bay up to Tsitsikamma has been billed a ’Taste of Eden’. The Garden Route has mystical forests, wetlands, immaculate beaches and narrow snaking passes that dissect imposing mountains. Take the really, honestly, we do not kid you, breathtaking Outeniqua Pass inland to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. Outeniqua is a San name meaning place of honey. Try not to miss them they are really deliciously beautiful.

    What to see and do

    • Adrenalin and adventure

      The Garden Route can facilitate as many adrenalin fixes as the human body can cope with. The Bloukrans Bungee is the highest in the world at 216m. The Gouritz Bungee just outside Mossel Bay is a modest 65m high. Abseil above raging waters at the Heads in Knysna or dive to the sunken ship, The Paquita. Skydive in Plettenberg Bay or Mossel Bay. Head off to Storms River to do a zipline adventure high above the ground in the forest canopy. Optionally there’s quad-biking, horse riding, mountain biking and other less extreme activities.

      If you’re on a budget, there’s plenty of free day walks and beaches....plenty of beaches.

    • The Whale Nursery

      Witsand sees the largest migration of Southern Right whales into the bay in winter. Whale moms-to-be journey here to calve where the newborns are sheltered from the elements and sharks.

    • The Heads & Knysna Lagoon

      Knysna is tucked away between the Outeniqua Mountains and a wide lagoon. 'The Heads', soaring monoliths, guard the bay and the treacherous waters that lead to the ocean.

    • Surfing

      The Garden Route has a good selection of waves for pros and beginners. Mossel Bay waves are famous for for their consistency. Victoria Bay is popular with locals and Buffalo Bay has beach breaks for beginners.

    • Tsitsikamma National Park

      An 80km long coastal strip between Nature's Valley and the mouth of the Storms River. The luxuriant forest is old, untouched and rich in plant life. Antelope and monkeys can be spotted.

    Garden Route tours and adrenalin activities

  • Gauteng

    Gauteng Gauteng - South Africa

    Despite its small size, Gauteng is the powerhouse of South Africa. The high population and ethnic diversity make it a melting pot of cultures. It also boasts some sophisticated first world infrastructure and is a gateway city.

    What to see and do

    • Cradle of Humankind at the Sterkfontein Caves

      Fossil remains of Homo Habilis, or Handy Man, were found at the Sterkfontein Caves. His tools are the earliest indication of human culture.
    • Gold mining

      Wander around the remnants of Joburg's first gold mine. Gold Reef City offers underground mine tours and gold pouring demonstrations.
    • Apartheid Museum

      Provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts that tell stories of the apartheid era. You can get more insight at Museum Afrika in Newtown and the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West in Soweto.
  • Kruger Park area

    Kruger National Park Area

    Kruger AreaSince the park was first opened in 1898, it has grown into one of the best for game viewing in the world. 1863Km of road winds through the park, 697km of which are tarred. Driving is allowed between sunrise and sunset. There are many fenced rest camps for overnight stays and the park offers night drives. The best time for game viewing is during the dry winters when the foliage is low and the trees are bare. While the 'Big 5' – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo, are the biggest attractions, there are 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of bird and at least 140 other mammals to be seen.

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  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique

    Mozambique

    Mozambique is a magical mix of African, old Portuguese, and Arab influences. The long Indian Ocean coastline with its sandy white beaches, clear waters and lofty coconut trees beckon. Life is fresh here, just like the seafood, the cashew nuts and the coconuts and if it’s sunshine that you’re after – there’s plenty of that too. So grab a Portuguese phrase book, a fistful of Meticais and drift into Mozambique time…

  • Namibia

    Namibia

    Having seen all those dark, smiling and radiant faces on many covers of expensive

    photography books, and having seen the red sand, beautiful sunsets and amazing wild life on National Geographic. It is time for you to get personal with Namibia. This beautiful and vast country has a lot to offer for adventure seekers, short term holiday makers, safari lovers and culture enthusiasts. It is said that many travelers have gone as far as tearing up plane tickets home,  because they could not stand to leave Namibia.

    What to see and do

  • Etosha National Park

    The place of dry water, or Etosha is one of Africa's biggest and well known Wild Life sanctuaries. Etosha is centered around a huge, flat depression that extrends about 5000 sqkm to the far north of Namibia. The dry water refers to the parched shimmering mirage that you see in the area of semi arid savannah grassland and thorn bushes. The pan contains water a few times a year, and even then after a very good spat of rain. Etosha is abundant in animal life and thousands of flamingoes have made this park their home. Although the road is dusty with no tarmac you do not need a 4x4 to drive around, the maximum speed in the park is 60km/h. The park is open everyday from sunrise to sunset and at dawn you need to be on your way out of the park.

  • Fish River Canyon

    Mother nature was feeling very generous when she birthed Fish River Canyon, as it is a placeFish River Canyon - Namibia of boundless and indescribable beauty. It has a depth of 550m making it the 2nd largest canyon in the world and meanders along a distance of 160km through fissured koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais. Travelers who would like to do the Fish River Canyon trail need to know that this is only done in winter, due to flash flooding in summer and temperatures going up as high as 56 degrees Celsius. No one under the age of 12 can partake in the hike, you need a doctors certificate to do it and there needs to be more than 3 people doing the hike at any one time.

  • Namib Desert

    When thinking of the Namib desert one rarely pictures grey dry rocks in their mind. Most of us think of skeletal looking trees with the beautiful back ground of red sand dunes. And if we're lucky a spectacular sunset thrown in by mother Africa to make an awesome photo we can put up on our facebook pages.

    But South of the Sossusvlei, the sand gradualy gives way to not a sandy, but a rocky Namib Desert - Namibiadesert. This area is mostly flat, but some elevations can be found, such as in the moon valley system. Even though Namib is a desert it forms part of a national park called called Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest game reserve in Africa!
    You can also find some very unusual endemic animal and plant life in the desert. Most of the animals found have found some pretty remarkable ways of survival in the almost waterless desert. The Namib desert is an important location for the mining of tungsten, salt and diamonds.


  • Natal Midlands

    Midlands Howick FallsNatal Midlands

    Green, gently rolling pastures and pine forests. The Midlands is genteel and olde worlde with art and craft galleries and antique shops. Battles were fought here amongst the Boer, British and Zulu impis. The Midlands is a good gateway to the Drakensburg, Lesotho and the Wild Coast.

    What to see and do

  • National Botanical Gardens

    This beautiful garden is a bird lovers and horticulturist paradise. It is an all season garden with over 100 different bird species and a home to a small variety of game. Take leisurely strolls along the duck pond and enjoy a meal at the restaurant near by. While exploring the gardens visit the muthi garden (African medicinal herbs). The gardens can also be enjoyed at night, after you have done it all, make a wish as you toll HMS Princess the old gal might just make your wish come true.

  • Tatham Art Gallery

    Tatham Art Gallery has paintings from well known artists, such as Picasso, Degas and Matisse complimented by a great collection of African art. The experience and atmosphere are made even more enjoyable by the café on site which serves good food and the gallery shop where you can take away your own little piece of art. The shop sells bead work, basketry as well as wooden creations

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  • Northern Cape

    Northern Cape

    Northern Cape

    The vast Northern Cape is made up of the semi-arid Karoo and the Kalahari Desert. The region beyond is dry and sparsely populated. The river plummets into a ravine to create the Augrabies Falls. Hiking, mountain biking and canoeing are offered in convenient eco-packages in this alien landscape.

    During spring the Namaqualand boasts the prettiest flower show in the world. The first rains are a kiss of life in this barren landscape and the Namaqualand daisies bloom into a spectacle of colour. The flowers bloom between August and October.

    What to see and do

  • Namaqualand daisies

    Spring rains are a kiss of life and fields of wild flowers bloom into a spectacle of colour.The flowers bloom between August and October.

  • The Big Hole and the Mining Museum

    The biggest hand-dug excavation in the world is found in Kimberley. The museum transports people to the diamond-digging days of 100 years ago.

  • Augrabies Falls National Park

    Augrabies Falls is formed by the Orange River thundering 56m into a ravine before winding 18km through a gorge. The Khoi people called it ‘Aukoerebis’ or place of great noise.  A few places you can visit in the park are; the Falls, moon rock, Ararat, Arrow Point, Echo corner and you can also go hiking, do a mountain bike ride, canoe as well go on an eco- package tour deal.  This alien but beautiful landscape has a lot to offer.

  • South African Light Observatory

    SALT is the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and able to record distant stars and galaxies. Pre-book with Sutherland Tourism for a visit.

  • Overberg

    Overberg

    Overberg

    Overberg simply means ‘over the mountains’. The Overberg has rugged mountain ranges and splendid coastal landscapes. If driving southeast on the N2 from Cape Town, then you will go up the Hottentots Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass.  Modern inventions, such as a well-built highway and motor cars, give today’s traveler a little advantage over the early settlers who struggled over the mountain with oxen and wagons. On the other side of the mountain, you find many roads into the Overberg; a region that stretches along coasts with beautiful beaches, and over mountain ranges. The roads will take you through valleys with quaint vineyards and orchards. The Overberg welcomes sport enthusiasts and eco-adventurers alike,  4x4 trails, horse rides, whale watchers or shark cage diving.  If you prefer leisure, then wine, book and cheese are your friends indeed.

    What to see and do

  • Whale watching

    Hermanus, Witsand and Gansbaai are famous for having the best land-based whale watching between June and November. The most common whale sighted is the Southern Right.

  • Cape Agulhas

    The Southernmost tip of Africa and the official meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Rugged and stormbeaten, shipwrecks are common.

  • Shark Alley

    A shallow, narrow channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock where sharks prowl between April and December. They are either attracted by the colony of Cape Fur Seals on Geyser Rock or by their favourite fish.

  • Cape Floral Kingdom

    Smallest, most botanically diverse region on earth. 'Fynbos' is tough and fine-leaved. Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus is centre of the region.

  • The Bontebok National Park

    The smallest national park. Home of the bontebok and other rare animals.

  • Route 62

    Route 62

    Route 62Route 62 is a pleasant and shorter alternative to the N2 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It winds through the fertile valleys of the Klein Karoo, sheltered by the rugged Outeniqua-Place of honey-, Langeberg and Swartberg Mountains. This route is also where the fabled Union Dale ghost is believed to exist; a woman who died in 1968 in a motor car accident. Motorists offer her a lift only to discover later that she has vanished *cue creepy music*. The Cango Caves which are the biggest stalagmite formations in the world, Ostrich farms, wine estates and beautiful mountain passes are all on this route.

    What to see and do

     

  • Mountain Passes

    Awesome. Swartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn to Prince Alfred. Prince Alfred’s Pass from Uniondale to the Garden Route. Cogman’s Pass from Montagu to Ashton. Fill up the petrol tank and drive.

  • The Uniondale Ghost

    Motorists stop to offer a lift to a young woman at the roadside only to discover later that the woman has vanished. She is believed to be the ghost of a woman killed in a car accident in 1968.

  • Soekershof Walkabout

    You can wander for at least 45 minutes in the world’s largest hedge maze before finding a way out or being rescued. Between Robertson and Ashton.

  • Wines and ports

    Calitzdorp and Robertson are famous for their Shiraz. Calitzdorp also produces good desert wines and Robertson good whites.

  • Ostrich Show Farms

    Head out to Oudtshoorn to ride these large flightless birds, stand on their eggs or watch a hatching.

  • Cango Caves

    The biggest stalagmite formations in the world. Go for subterranean walks in the extensive branching caves.

  • South Coast

    South Coast

    South Coast

    An 80km stretch of beautiful beaches, glossy mangroved lagoons and canopied milkwood forests. Balmy weather, warm Indian Ocean waters and easy attitudes give the South Coast a year-round holiday feel.

    What to see and do

  • Award-winning beaches

    South Coast’s golden beaches are renowned as being safe and clean. Swimming and surfing beaches are protected by shark nets.

    No wetsuits needed to surf the many point and beach breaks. Early birds can get plenty of swell, especially in winter. Spots are uncrowded.

  • The Oribi Gorge Swing

    Highest in the world. Jump off a cliff next to a waterfall. Freefall for 75m. Swing out for 100m. Get winched up. Quick, easy and thrilling.

  • Diving at Protea Banks

    Shark diving without the cage. Ragged-tooths, hammerheads, zambezis and even great whites are visitors. A dive advised for experienced divers.

  • Swaziland

    SwazilandFew travellers are disappointed with their stay in this diminutive kingdom. It has pleas¬ant weather and happy people. Despite the simple and traditional lives Swazis lead, Swaziland has a functional infrastructure. It is not uncommon to see a business man walking in traditional clothes on his way to work, with his laptop bag or briefcase in hand.

    What to see and do

  • The Swazi monarchy and traditional culture

    Swaziland is ruled by King Mswati. His many royal residences dot the countryside. Some Swazis still dress traditionally and live in thatch huts. The Umhlanga, or ‘Reed Dance’ is an auspicious ceremony in which maidens pay tribute to the Queen Mother.

  • Craft shopping

    A wide range of African crafts can be bought here - cheaply. The Manzini market and others sell basketry, beadwork, carvings, batiks, Picasso-esque paintings, and psychedelic fabric. Then visit Ngwenya Glass, Swazi Candles, Gone Rural and Mantenga Craft Centre for more specialized crafts.

  • House on Fire

    This is a live music venue, hosting the annual bush fire festival, decorated in the whimsical style of a funny, romantic dream. Guaranteed to make you smile, make you dance and make you stomp your feet. Artists such as Hugh Masekela, Freshlyground and Thandiswa Mazwai have performed at this festival.

  • Victoria Falls
  • West Coast & Cederberg

    West Coast and Cederberg

    Venture out on the N7 and discover simple pleasures. Life on the West Coast is as uncomplicated as the locals white houses. And most locals are the salt of the earth themselves. The ocean nourishes them with fish, lobster and mussels. And in summer, the fields explode into colour to please them. You won’t be the only visitors to this coastline either. Dolphins and whales make this coastline their home for much of the year. Further north and inland, one ventures into the rugged wilderness of the Cederberg.

  • Wild Coast

    Wild Coast

    The Wild Coast

    The wild coast is an almost unspoilt paradise, where everything is rural, simple and nearly overlooked by development. This is a rocky coastal area, with beautiful remote beaches, numerous rivers, waterfalls and pristine beaches, clear green open spaces, where you have a view of valleys as far as the eye can see. It is a place of untouched forests, rich culture and awesome adventure away from the crowds. The name wild coast is due to the many ship wrecks that have occurred on this part of the coast.

    What to see and do

  • Traditional Xhosa and Pondo culture

    The Wild Coast is still strongly rural. The Xhosa and Pondo poeple live in bright thatched mud-brick huts that dot the hills. Most live without electricity and running water and farm small vegetable patches. They keep cows, goats, sheep and pigs. Traditional customs involve ceremonies, drumming and dancing. Sangomas, or healers, prescribe herbal remedies.

  • Hiking

    Hiking in the Wild Coast is special. Walk where few footprints are made and even fewer are seen. Hike between remote beaches and camp out on the beach or in the forest. Follow cattlepaths along cliffs to waterfalls.

  • Nelson Mandela Museum

    Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo near Mthatha in 1918 and spent his childhood in the village of Qunu. The museum in Mthatha has a ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ exhibition that details Mandela’s life in his own words.

  • Winelands

    Winelands

    Winelands

    Take in the graceful architecture and rolling vineyards nestling amid the soaring mountains of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington.

    What to see and do

  • Wine tasting

    Wine estates preserve traditions from the 17th century and offer wine tasting and cellar tours. Each estate is as unique as the taste of their wines. Most offer tastings from as little as R10 and refund this if you buy a bottle. Some estates also offer cheese and chocolate tastings or have restaurant and picnic facilities. Elect a designated driver or take a tour.

  • Hiking in the vineyards

    The Vineyard Hiking Trail winds through forest plantations, vineyards and olive groves. A 10km hike on Delvera farm ends with sweeping views of False Bay, Table Mountain and the Winelands.

  • A basic guide to wine tasting

    Experts will tell you that wine tasting is not the same as wine drinking? If you follow this simple guide, you may not become an expert, but at least you’ll look like one.
    • Colour: Take a good look at it and think beyond simple red and white.
    • Opacity: Tilt your glass and swirl gently. Is the wine clear or cloudy?
    • Smell: Swirl it again, take a quick sniff. Stick your nose in the glass smell again.
    • First taste: Take a small sip and roll it around your tongue.
    • Swirling: Let some air in your mouth and allow it to mingle with your wine.
    • Taste: Reds often have berry or woody flavours while whites taste of flowers or citrus.
    • Finish: Spit or swallow? How long does the flavour last?
  • Zululand & Elephant Coast

    Zululand and Elephant Coast

    Zululand and Elephant CoastSteeped in rich traditions, wild game and war, Zululand’s rolling hills are home to many game parks that have firmly established South Africa as the international leader in wildlife conservation. A unique safari destination. The Elephant Coast boasts the best of wildlife both on the ground and in the water. The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park are both world-class conservation areas. The area is also still steeped in Zulu culture and has a great rural feel.

    What to see and do

    • iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

      A World Heritage site. The vast Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park comprises coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lakes, lagoons, swamps and an estuary. As if that isn’t enough, the rich waters are also home to many species of fish, birds, over 800 hippo and 2500 crocodiles.

    • Hluhluwe Umfolozi (shlushluwe)

      A world-renowned rhino sanctuary. Hluhluwe Umfolozi specializes in the conservation of the white rhino, 1600 of which live in an area of 880sq km together with 300 of the more dangerous black rhino. The BIG 5; lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes can be spotted here.

      Backpacker Accommodation in Hluhluwe Umfolozi
    • Diving in Sodwana Bay

      Popular with divers and snorkellers for its diversity of fish and invertebrates and its collection of hard and soft corals. The waters are warm, seldom dropping below 20°C. The average visibility is 15m and can reach 30m. In summer, turtles leave the ocean to nest on the beach.

    • Tsonga fish traps - Kosi Bay

      A network of traditional traps used to net fish in the estuary. The method is primitive, but still effective. Traps are passed on from Tsonga father to son.

    • Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk

      This 125m natural timber boardwalk winds through the forest canopy to a 20m high viewing tower. The sub-tropical forest is home to rare birds, chameleons and bushbuck.

    • Zulu culture

      The Zulu were a minor clan founded around 1709 in what is now Zululand. Under the leadership of Shaka Zulu, the Zulu became all-powerful until the arrival of the Afrikaner Voortrekkers and later the English. Rural Zulus live in simple mud and thatch huts and are mostly subsistence farmers. Today, Zulus are increasingly adopting western ways, but the roots of their beliefs remain. It is entrenched in their traditions, ceremonies, celebrations, beads, food, the ancestors, Umqomboti (beer), dancing, dress, social structure, beliefs, sangomas, inyangas and healing

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