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The garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean. One of the country's most popular tourist destinations, the province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the north.

Its western part is marked by the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, with several peaks well over 3000 metres.
The range has been awarded World Heritage status for its dramatic natural beauty and the wealth of San Bushman rock art found in its caves - the richest concentration on the continent of Africa.
Between the mountains and the humid, subtropical coastline is savannah grassland, but there are also areas of indigenous forest along the coast. The largest of its many rivers is the Thukela.
It is a summer rainfall area, with a climate that ranges from extremely hot along the coast in summer, to heavy snow on the mountains in winter. The Midlands are drier than the coast and can be very cold in winter.

The principal language is isiZulu, followed by English and Afrikaans. Remnants of British colonialism and a mix of Zulu, Indian and Afrikaans traditions give the province a rich cultural diversity.


Amphitheatre in
Drakensburg

San rock painting

Central Drakensburg

Mahai River
The Dragon Mountains
The Zulu people named it the "Barrier of Spears" and the Dutch Voortrekkers "The Dragon Mountains".
The Drakensberg, with its giant basalt cliffs, snowcapped in winter, towers over riverine bush, lush yellowwood forests and cascading waterfalls. It forms a massive barrier separating KwaZulu-Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho, with the only access via Sani Pass - which, at its top, boasts the highest pub in Africa, 3000 metres above sea level.


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