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
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
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
San rock painting
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.