About Natal, South Africa
Also referred to as ‘the garden province’ or KwaZulu-Natal, this South African province is most recognized for its wildlife, mountains, and beaches. Approximately 10.27 million residents call the 36,433 square miles of Natal home. Richard’s Bay and Durban are two of the largest ports in Africa and are responsible for generating a large portion of the country’s GDP. Pineapples, bananas, cotton, sorghum, corn, citrus fruits, dairy, cattle, and sheep contribute to the economy. Other contributors include oil refineries, canneries, food processing plants, vehicle assembly, paper, fertilizer, rubber, chemicals, clothing, and textiles.
Popular Destinations in Natal
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Natal? Highly populated with big game such as giraffes, lions, black and white rhinos, and more, Natal is known for its Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park safaris. As evidenced below, Natal has a lot to offer.
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World: Visitors will the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World located right next to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. This building houses South Africa’s largest casino and is designed to complement most of Durban’s vast Art Deco heritage. In addition, a casino, a semi-private beach (one of South Africa’s top three beaches), cinemas, a beach bar, and restaurants can be found in the complex.
Natural Science Museum: Appropriate for the entire family, the Natural Science Museum is located in City Hall. It may seem a bit dated to some, but provides quite the impressive display of African animals, insects, stuffed birds, and more. A life-size dinosaur model and reconstructive dodo highlight the displays. For more adventurous thrill-seekers, check out the dung beetles and cockroach displays.
Luthuli Museum: This museum is a tribute to Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli; he was the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize recipient (Africa’s first) and former African National Congress President (1952). Although he died under suspicious circumstances, Luthuli is still hailed for his efforts to end South African apartheid. His “site of struggle”, the home in which he lived for the majority of his life, is now the site of this museum and surrounded by changing exhibitions and lush gardens. This is also where United States Sen. Robert Kennedy and Chief Luthuli met in 1966.
uShaka Marine World: Originally opened in April 2004, this theme park (which houses the fifth largest aquarium in the world) covers 16 hectares. Five different sections comprise the park: uShaka Kids World, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Beach, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Sea World. When Durban Point was redeveloped, uShaka Marine World was the first installment. It is located between the harbor and beachfront, on a strip of land, and contains 17,500 cubic meters of water in 32 tanks. Visitors should definitely consider coupling this trip with some surfing at Addington beach.
Zanj: Weekly specials are listed on the board at the front of this restaurant, which uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients for each of its expertly prepared dishes. Fish pancakes, crab pasta, and curry prawns are just a few of the seafood options available. For those new to the establishment, the best place to take in a meal at this amazing eatery is on the outdoor deck.
Luxury Lodging in Natal
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Natal? Natal boasts a plethora of luxurious hotels, resorts and private residences for travelers to stay at, including:
- African Pride Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel
- Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
- Fairmont Zimbali Resort
- Lalaria Lodge
- Thanda Private Game Reserve
- The Hilton Durban
- The Oyster Box
- The Pearls of Umhlanga
- White Elephant Safari Lodge
Airports In or Nearby Natal For Private Jets
Interested in chartering a private aircraft to Natal, South Africa? There are numerous airports that serve Natal and other regions in South Africa. Here are some of the popular airports from which you can book a private jet charter to access this city:
- King Shaka International Airport (KSIA): This is the primary airport that Durban, South Africa. It is a public airport, owned by Airports Company South Africa. 2010 statistics state that KSIA was the 9th busiest airport in Africa. About 5.22 million passengers passed through King Shaka International Airport between 2016 and 2017, the majority being domestic travelers. The runway is 12,139 feet long and has an asphalt surface. About 55,030 flights come through KSIA on an annual basis.
- Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB): Previously known as ORIBI Airport, Pietermaritzburg Airport serves its namesake city as well as the surrounding outer west suburbs of Durban, South Africa. This is a public, international airport that hosts about 130,000 passengers on an annual basis (as of 2015). The asphalt runway stretches 5,043 feet in length and is designated in the 16/34 direction. This airport is a great alternative to King Shaka, and is even nearby a few tourist attractions like The Valley of a Thousand Hills, and Midmar Dam.
- Virginia Airport (VIR): Virginia Airport is also located in Durban, and is primarily used during the Durban Airshow for staging purposes. It also acts as a testing ground for new pilots to practice on. The asphalt runway is 3,035 feet long and in the 05/23 direction. In addition to its flight services, Virginia Airport provides on-site training for prospective pilots and connects with 4 charter companies.
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