Combining modern urban luxury with landscapes that have remained unchanged for millions of years, KwaZulu-Natal is a real melting-pot of culture, landscapes, and experiences. From lavish lodges to palatial hotels, this can be the ideal setting for a daring and exciting African safari. Tranquil beaches line this coast, including some of the most idyllic and undeveloped shorelines in the world. KwaZulu-Natal's parks, game reserves, and safaris boast thriving populations of elephants, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions, and leopards. Within this region you'll also find the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park, the oldest nature reserve in Africa, which has 86 special species, including the Big Five. But the fauna isn't the only attraction here, as Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is also famed for its Stone Age settlements, ancient Zulu royal hunting grounds and its incredible vistas. Then there is the coastal jewel of Durban, the region's largest city, and home to epic surfing competitions and celebrated foodie festivals. Walk along the Golden Mile, a beach-side promenade lined with luxury hotels, exclusive stores, and restaurants with sea views. Then wind your way through the Indian Quarter for a multi-cultural melange of mosques, markets, and the best Indian food in town. For a little slice of tranquility, head to the nearby resort town of Umhlanga Rocks, where golden beaches are the platform for dolphin and whale watching.