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Kwazulu Natal Tourism Overview

About Kwazulu Natal

KwaZulu-Natal is a favorite holiday destination located in South Africa. It is a province of vivid contrasts and magnetic appeal to the people visiting this place. This pristine region has many wildlife reserves and five different eco systems. It is also declared as the world heritage site. Its coastline is sprinkled with small towns and many recreational hubs. The culture that one finds in Kwazulu Natal is a blend of Zulu, European and Indian cultures. The province offers sun and sand, warm and tropical wetlands, rolling fields of sugar cane etc.


Area : 92,100 km2.
Tourists Attraction - Best Places to Visit : The Best Places to Visit in Kwazulu Natal are : -
  • Crocworld : - Here you will find giant living creatures.
  • Craft Markets : - Craft Markets is surely not to be missed.
  • Oribi Gorge : - This a very famous reserve which is a home to many antelope, zebra and spectacular birdlife.
Country : South Africa.
Population : 9.1 Million.
Languages : English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans are the official languages.
Currency : Rand.

Climate and Geography

KwaZulu-Natal has a varied yet verdant climate thanks to diverse, complex topography. Generally, the coast is subtropical with inland regions becoming progressively colder. Durban on the south coast has an annual rainfall of 1009 mm, with daytime maxima peaking from January to March at 28 °C (82 °F) with a minimum of 21 °C (70 °F), dropping to daytime highs from June to August of 23 °C (73 °F) with a minimum of 11 °C (52 °F). Temperature drops towards the hinterland, with Pietermaritzburg being similar in the summer, but much cooler in the winter. Ladysmith in the Tugela River Valley reaches 30 °C (86 °F) in the summer, but may drop below freezing point on winter evenings. The Drakensberg can experience heavy winter snow, with light snow occasionally experienced on the highest peaks in summer. The Zululand north coast has the warmest climate and highest humidit with a lot of sugar cane farms around Pongola

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : Early Autumn through winter to spring.

Transportation

By Plane:- The only important airport of KwaZulu-Natal is in Durban. It is the province`s largest airport and offers domestic and international flights (only to Mauritius and Swaziland). If you’re flying in to Durban, book your rented car beforehand. If you’re arriving on a late flight, book Avis and ask them to keep their kiosk open until you arrive. They are happy to comply.


By Car:- The N2 connects KwaZulu-Natal with Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. If you are driving from the Kruger National Park to Durban, the N2 between Piet Retief and Pongola is often badly pot-holed. You might do better to travel by way of Middelburg, Ermelo, Volksrust, Ladysmith, and Pietermaritzburg. If you are driving to Durban from the Cape, the stretch through the Eastern Cape from East London onwards is hardly worth the bother and can be unsafe in and around Umtata. Better to drop off your rental at Port Elizabeth, fly to Durban, and rent again. The N3 connects KwaZulu-Natal with Gauteng via Van Reenens pass. If you are driving through Swaziland, cross into South Africa at Golela and get onto the N2 southbound. Great lengths of the N2 (coast) and N3 (Johannesburg-Durban) are toll roads. You can pay at the toll plazas with a credit card, but cash may be wiser from the point of view of card fraud.


By Bus:- The main companies run regular buses from Durban to Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Public transport east of Durban is limited. The Baz Bus, [12], runs from Port Elizabeth to Durban (a compulsory overnight stop) and from there to Johannesburg via the Drakensberg and Swaziland respectively.


By Train:- Durban is linked to Johannesburg by rail; trains are operated by Spoornet [13].


Shopping and Entertainment

Kwazulu Natal offers you widest variety of shopping and entertainment. The Pavilion owned by Pareto LTD is your matchless experience. Every month more than 1.7 million shoppers enjoy shopping here for curio and gift shops, jewellers, fashion items etc.

Entertainment : Wild Coast Casino : - Wild Coast Casino is an entertainment centre for tourists. Do not miss the night life here.

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