Hidden Gems in KwaZulu-Natal

Posted on 7 December 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

The province of KwaZulu-Natal is a popular holiday destination amongst South Africans, especially during the festive season.

While it boasts stunning beaches and amazing marine life, there is more to it than meets the eye.

KwaZulu Natal South Africa. Image: Getty Images

For those planning to visit the coastal province, there are a wealth of unexplored attractions waiting to be discovered.

Here are a few of the province’s hidden gems:

Kwaxolo Caves Adventures

Kwaxolo Caves

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Kwaxolo Caves Adventures is where culture and adventure combine. At the site, you will be led along the mountainside on a unique hiking experience.

To access the iconic caves, a steel cable-and-rung system is used. When at the caves, you have the chance to view the beautiful and historic San artwork which adorns the walls.

Munster Motor Museum & Classic Cars

If you’re an engine enthusiast, the Munster Motor Museum is worth the visit. It features different kinds of engines including internal combustion engines and even rotary ones.

You can also find motoring and motor sports’ memorabilia and images, a library of history artefacts, as well as a nautical section showcasing naval and merchant ship models with illustrated stories of local shipwrecks.

South Coast Shipwrecks  


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The waters of the KwaZulu Natal South Coast are home to many shipwrecks with shoreline museums sharing the fates of these intrepid travellers.

There are a number of shipwrecks worth exploring, all of which come with interesting and informative stories. These include the Nevonia 1934 in Umzumbe and The Ivy 1876 in Glenmore.

Beachwood Mangroves

Nestled near the uMngeni Mouth is where you will find the captivating Beachwood Mangroves which span over 76 hectares.

The area is recognized as a National Monument and showcases rare mangrove swamp forest and essential habitats near the Umngeni River’s mouth.

There is also a charming boardwalk that winds through the mangrove forest. This is where you can catch a glimpse of crabs and other mangrove inhabitants as they go about their daily activities.

Fort Nonqayi

Fort Nonqayi

Located in the heart of Zululand, the Fort Nonqayi Museum offers an extensive view of KwaZulu Natal’s history, as well as that of South Africa at large.

The beautiful old fort was originally created in 1883 and it also houses a weaving and basket art gallery. It tells the story of King Cetshwayo and his bitter-sweet acquaintance with Queen Victoria of England.

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