KwaZulu-Natal is now the market leader for domestic tourism in South Africa, as well as number two in term of international tourism. Tourism contributes 10 percent to the provincial GDP and the tourism sector created 77 000 direct jobs and 154 000 indirect jobs in the Province.

KwaZulu-Natal's magnificent Drakensberg mountains, sub-tropical coastline with glorious beaches and game parks are closest to the main national population and economic centres in Gauteng. The Province has great accommodation facilities, wonderful leisure and recreation opportunities, a rich history and diverse cultures. In addition, Zulu culture and history forms a key part of the Province's heritage. Currently the government and the private sector are developing it into an integral part of the KwaZulu-Natal tourism product. Examples of new attractions being developed include the:

  • Commemoration of Bhambatha Rebellion
  • Erection of statues of past Zulu Kings
  • Establishment of multi-media cultural and historical centres
As a consequence, KwaZulu-Natal remains the nation's premier domestic tourist destination, with a leading 32 percent share and is the second most popular destination for international visitors.
Tourism has been identified as a catalyst for economic growth and together with the rapid growth in the sector, presents a variety of investment opportunities. Present indications are that the KwaZulu Natal coast will continue to draw tourists for the next 10 years due to its beaches, excellent weather, golf courses and shopping facilities

Holiday Destinations

Land of Legends
Land of Legends

A selection of exceptional, historically-significant destinations such as Hartford House each of which provide a remarkable experience within easy commuting distance in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa's garden province can be found at

The Three Cities


The Three Cities group distinctively unique portfolio of four and five star properties includes: City Hotels, Resorts, Exceptional Safari’s and Signature Hotels. It also incorporates three campuses of The International Hotel School, a Bush Academy, an Equestrian academy and uShaka Marine World – the largest Marine Theme Park in Africa. Brand flexibility is one of the Groups hallmarks and allows each hotel to establish and maintain its own identity whilst being sold to the travel trade under the Three Cities umbrella. Even though each property has its own individual personality, the hotels are brought together in a common bond of service excellence of international standards and quality appointed accommodation appropriate to each of the properties marketed.

Gooderson Leisure Corporation


Gooderson Leisure Corporation owns and manages a variety of Leisure destinations within KwaZulu-Natal, offering guests the experience of the coast, majestic mountains, game viewing, Zulu culture or historic battlefields.

Properties include: The Tropicana Hotel and Beach Hotel located on the Marine Parade Durban, Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Leisure Resort based in the Southern Drakensberg, Dumazulu Traditional Village & Lodge as well as Bushlands Game Lodge based in Hluhluwe, Zululand and Natal Spa Hot Springs Resort & Conference Centre located on the Battlefields Route between Vryheid and Paulpietersberg.


Sun International

Apart from resorts and hotels, Sun International is Southern Africa's casino leader.

Business Tourism

In keeping with international trends and demands for bigger conference facilities, Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre is the largest conference facility in the country. The conference centre is able to seat 13 000 people and the newly built Durban Arena can accommodate an audience of up to 7500. The flexibility and design of the Arena allows for numerous configurations to stage a variety of events including theatrical events, indoor tennis, wrestling, boxing, hockey, gymnastics, concerts and even motocross.

Since opening in August 1997, the Convention centre has staged over 4000 events and hosted over a million people, generating in excess of R5.5 billion additional income for the KwaZulu-Natal region.

KZN Tourism

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