The Zulu KingdomKwaZulu-Natal (KZN), or more popularly known in South Africa as being the Zulu Kingdom is an exciting, spectacular and fascinating multi-cultural showpiece destination mostly known for its warm Indian Ocean in the east and soaring peaks to the west.This region excites with its biggest attraction destination as the coastal iSimangaliso, better known for being the Greater St Lucia, due to key landmarks in Zulu history and evidence of early man living in the caves up high in the Lebombo mountains dating back 130 000 years and providing scientist with clues regarding the lifestyle of this prehistoric settlers. From this cave alone almost 69 000 stone implements and various human remains have been recovered. KwaZulu-Natal is also mainly known for being mountainous with its 'Barrier of Spears' uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, exhibiting Stone Age cave
paintings. Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches the highest altitudes in this region. Historical legends that shaped the country encouraged the naming of The Zulu Kingdom, to be referred to as the Zulu Empire sometimes, being the monarchy in Southern Africa that extended along the Indian coast from the Tugela River in the south to Pongola River in the north. The small kingdom grew to dominate the area under the rise of famous Zulu King - Shaka.
The gateway city of KwaZulu-Natal is the busy hub of Durban, this coastal city in the east, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. The Golden Mile beachfront is a popular destination for surfers, joggers, sunbathers and water-sports enthusiasts. Refurbished for the Soccer World Cup in 2010, the seafront parade starts at uShaka Marine World, a large theme park with an aquarium, and ends by the futuristic Moses Mabhida stadium. This part of KZN of course boasts pulsating and inviting fusion of Eastern and Zulu heritage overlooking Africa's busiest picture-postcard seaport. Also known to be a magnet for thrill-seekers in the great outdoors - from wave riders to hang-gliders, and golfers to mountain bikers, is the vacation destination Umhlanga. Umhlanga Rocks has many luxury hotels and apartments right on the beach, including the Cabana Beach Hotel, the
Beverly Hills Hotel, the Oyster Box Hotel, the Umhlanga Sands Hotel and Pearls of Umhlanga apartments. Many of these have views of the landmark lighthouse. “Umhlanga contains a large selection of apartments, townhouse complexes and free-standing homes. It is popular with
professional couples, business people and retirees seeking a relaxed lifestyle in a seaside location that is also convenient to offices, shops, medical facilities and entertainment venues” stated Conrad Vorster, Licence Partner of Engel & Völkers Umhlanga.