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KwaZulu-Natal is South Africa’s second-most populous province. Affectionately known by locals as KZN, and home to the impressive Moses Mabidha Stadium it is a local destination hotspot. Situated on the southeast of South Africa, it is bordered by Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, the Eastern Cape as well as the warm Indian Ocean. Visitors can choose between hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains, scuba-diving off the Indian Ocean coastline, cultural immersion with the Zulu at one of their traditional “beehive” homesteads, spending time in Durban, and visiting one of several small, less-crowded game reserves.
The best game reserves for wildlife are Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and Phinda. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is divided into two. The 90 mi² (233 km²) Hluhluwe section has recorded over 425 bird species (including the narina trogon, cinnamon dove and Natal robin) and is one of Africa’s best parks to see the nyala antelope. The 185 mi² (479 km²) Imfolozi section possesses the largest concentration of white rhino in the world. For more information on Phinda, see Phinda Private Game Reserve page.
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