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savoring the ZULU KINGDOM africa Bush villas offer bedroom-sized bathrooms with expansive views. T sarah muñoz onsite review november 2011 Tucked away in southeast South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal may be less than an hour away by plane from “Joburg” but it’s worlds away from its round-the-clock busyness. Its main metropolis of Durban, both a port city and a beach destination, is in itself an attractions hotspot, but what lies beyond hides the region’s most natural and extravagant showpieces, and where adventure and luxury marry so well. “The KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority has been very active in the last two years, particularly in both the U.S. and Canada,” says Moira Smith, Goway Travel’s general manager for Africa and the Middle East. “What they’ve been trying to showcase is the fact that KwaZuluNatal is a really great option for customers who want to do the “big five”…KwaZulu-Natal can offer a fantastic bush and beach experience, as well as a cultural experience.” Indeed, KwaZulu-Natal is among the five most visited areas in the country, according to South African Tourism president Sthu Zungu. “It’s the culture of the Zulus, the fusion of the Indian culture, it’s where Mahatma Ghandi lived for several years, it’s the amazing beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, which are such a big draw—but also the ability to do safari within that accessible area,” she explains. animal kingdom On a recent visit to this majestic area, we heeded the advice of the experts and took Highway 2—the longest in South Africa—north to the bushveldt, arriving in Thanda Private Game Reserve, a 35,830-acre property in Zululand protecting many of the creatures indigenous to the continued on page 22 region. 20 february 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend February 2012

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: The Lodge at Woodloch
Tour Talk: Swain Tours
Celebrity Silhouette
Savoring the Zulu Kingdom
The Falkland Islands-Nature's Last Stand
One Bal Harbour, Florida
Las Vegas Spa Retreats
Beaver Creek Lodge, Colorado
Bliss Springs Eternal at Esperanza
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Time to "Czech" Out Moravia
Caribbean Uber-Luxe

Recommend February 2012