KwaZulu Natal forms South Africa’s east coast, stretching from Port Edward in the south, to the Mozambique boundary in the north.
From its early days, the province has been the scene of many fierce battles – being the bone of contention between the Zulus and the Voortrekkers, the British Empire and Boer settlers (Anglo-Boer War) and the Zulus and the British Empire. The KwaZulu Natal coast has one of the greatest harbours on the African continent, Durban, which geographically divides the North and South Coasts. Visitors to KwaZulu Natal can either disembark from Durban International Airport or the Durban harbour, or make use of the extensive national road network.
The province has three different geographic areas: the lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, plains in the central section and two mountainous areas, the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north. The Tugela River flows west to east across the center of the province.
Average temperatures in the province range from 17°C to 28°C from October to April, and from 11°C to 25°C in the colder months. Annual rainfall is about 690mm, falling throughout the year.
On the east coast of KwaZulu Natal lies the lively and exciting city of Durban, South Africa’s third largest city. Durban Metro is Africa’s ultimate coastal playground in the sun! It is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over three million people – a city where east meets west. Durban is Africa’s largest and busiest port and the economic powerhouse of the Zulu Kingdom, boasting investment opportunities around every corner.
Durban is an exciting city in which to play, shop, experience the nightlife and relax. It’s a city in which business and debate issues, which have far-reaching effects, not only in Africa but way beyond its borders, are discussed. The world-class International Convention Centre has hosted an historic line-up of events including conferences of a global scale.
Leisure facilities abound, Durban is filled with tourist attractions. Visit uShaka Marine World, Wilson’s Wharf on the Victoria Embankment and the nearby BAT centre. Enjoy fine and traditional dining, entertainment and shopping in scenic surroundings. Shop till you drop in modern shopping malls. Grey Street and the Warwick Triangle boast vibrant local shops and markets. Beachfront stalls sell traditional arts and crafts. Enjoy the excellent entertainment on offer at the city’s theatres and clubs or take a township tour in a local taxi.
If it’s peace and sheer beauty you are after, make a beeline for one of Durban’s many nature sanctuaries or parks. The Botanical Gardens offers so much more than breathtaking flora and birdlife. Ask about their ‘Music by the Lake’ evenings where you can enjoy wonderful music played by KZN’s Philharmonic Orchestra in wondrous surroundings.
Durban’s beaches are characterised by soft, golden sand, palm trees and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The main beaches are shark netted and patrolled from sunrise to sunset by trained lifeguards who have an impressive track record in beach safety. The main beaches also have change and shower facilities as well as an array of fast-food outlets, restaurants and bars. Sail, swim, run, and play tennis or alternatively stroll along or relax on the sun-drenched beaches and watch the world go by.