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Information on the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa

Conference Venues South Africa brings you information on the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa including information on the Drakensberg region, Midlands and Battlefields regions, Zululand / Maputaland region, North Coast region, Durban Metro and South Coast region of the KwaZulu Natal province.

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About the KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa

The South African province of KwaZulu Natal was formed in 1994; prior to this, the area was made up of the province of Natal and of different areas that had made up the homeland of KwaZulu. Located in the southeast of South Africa, KwaZulu Natal borders three other provinces as well as Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho, along with a long shoreline on the Indian Ocean.

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Because of the diverse and complex topography of KwaZulu Natal, the province has a varied climate. In general, the coastal areas are tropical with a progressively colder climate towards the inland regions. KwaZulu Natal has three different geographic areas; the lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, the central region is the Natal Midlands 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 KwaZulu Natal and is the region's largest river.

The coastline of KwaZulu Natal is dotted with small holiday towns. Superb beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every area of the KwaZulu Natal coastline. KwaZulu Natal's provincial government sits in the legislative buildings in Pietermaritzburg.

Generally KwaZulu Natal is divided into six regions namely; the Drakensberg region, Midlands and Battlefields regions, Zululand / Maputaland region, North Coast region, Durban Metro and South Coast region.

The KwaZulu Natal city of Durban is a rapidly growing metropolitan area and is one of the busiest ports in Africa. Durban also has a decent rail network linking into Southern Africa. The main industry in KwaZulu Natal is Sugar refining.


History of KwaZulu Natal

In the early 19th century, the area was inhabited mainly by Bantu-speaking Zulu people. The British had acquired much of the province from the Zulu chiefs, Shaka and Dingane. Boer farmers arrived here in 1837 and, after battles with the Zulu, they established a republic. In 1843, Britain annexed Natal to Cape Colony, and a Boer exodus followed.....KwaZulu-Natal History

KwaZulu Natal Geography

KwaZulu Natal can be classified into various geographic areas; the lowland region is along the Indian Ocean, the central region is a hilly plateau rising towards the west, the Drakensberg Mountains is in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north. The Drakensberg is a solid block of basalt rising over 3,000 m skyward near the Lesotho border and the Lebombo Mountains are aged granite mountains. The Tugela River flows west to east across KwaZulu Natal and is the largest river in the province....KwaZulu-Natal Geography

KwaZulu Natal Climate

KwaZulu Natal has a diverse yet verdant climate thanks to complex topography. The coast is generally subtropical with colder inland regions. Durban on the south coast has an annual rainfall of 1009 mm, with daytime maxims peaking from January to March at 28 ° and dropping to daytime highs from June to August of 23 °C. Temperature drops towards the hinterland of KwaZulu Natal.....KwaZulu-Natal Climate

KwaZulu Natal Economy

Durban is a rapidly growing metropolitan and is one of the busiest port in KwaZulu-Natal. The leading industry is sugar with dairy, corn, sorghum, sheep, cattle, citrus fruits, cotton, pineapples and bananas are also raised.....KwaZulu-Natal Economy

Towns and Suburbs of the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa

Amanzimtoti , Assagay , Ballito , Bayala , Beachfront, Bergville , Berea , Bishopstowe , Blythedale , Botha's Hill , Cowies Hill , Curry's Post , Dargle , Drakensberg , Durban City , Empangeni , Estcourt , Eston , Geluksburg , Gillits , Glenwood , Greyville , Hillcrest , Hilton , Hluhluwe , Howick , Illovo , Inchanga , iSamangaliso Wetlands ,Isandlwana , Ixopo , Kloof , Kokstad , La Lucia , Lake Jozini , Lidgetton , Margate , Marina Beach , Melmoth , Mkuze , Mooi River , Morningside , Mount Edgecombe , Mtunzini , Musgrave , Newcastle , Nottingham Road , Oribi Gorge , Oslo Beach , Paulpietersburg , Pennington , Pietermaritzburg , Pinetown , Pongola , Pongolapoort , Port Edward , Port Shepstone , Richards Bay , Salt Rock , Scottburgh , Southbroom , Spioenkop . St Lucia , St Lucia Wetlands , Sydenham, Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park , Ulundi , Umhlanga Rocks , Umtentweni , Umzumbe, Underberg , Vryheid , Wartburg , Westville , Winterton , Winkelspruit , Zimbali , Zinkwazi Beach


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