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KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu natal - South Africas Zulu Kingdom

Information about Kwazulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal includes the Drakensberg, East Griqualand, Elephant Coast, Pietermaritzburg and Midlands, Zululand, South Coast, North Coast (Dolphin Coast) and the Battlefields regions.

KwaZulu Natal 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 KZN.

Average temperatures in KwaZulu Natal range from 17° to 28° C from October to April and from 11° to 25° C in the colder months. Annual rainfall is about 690 mm, falling throughout the year.

The KwaZulu Natal Coastline

The the KwaZulu Natal coastline is dotted with small towns, many of which serve as seasonal recreational hubs. North of Durban is locally referred to as "The North Coast", while south is "The South Coast". The Kwazulu-Natal Tourist board includes towns like Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh and Port Edward in its definition of what constitutes the South Coast, while Ballito, Umhlanga and Salt Rock are quintessentially North Coast resort towns. Superb beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every part of South Africas eastern seaboard, with some of the least developed gems found in the far southern and far northern ends of the provinces extents. The beach at Marina Beach (and its adjoining resort San Lameer) was recognized in 2002 as a Blue Flag beach.

An extraordinary natural phenomenon that is witnessed annually on the KwaZulu-Natal coast during late autumn or early winter is the "sardine run". Also referred to as "the greatest shoal on earth", the sardine run occurs when millions of sardines migrate from their spawning grounds south of the southern tip of Africa northwards along the Eastern Cape coastline towards KwaZulu-Natal following a path close inshore, often resulting in many fish washing up on beaches along the coast. The huge shoal of tiny fish can stretch for many kilometres and is followed and preyed upon by thousands of predators, including gamefish, sharks, dophins and sea birds. Usually the shoals break up and the fish disappear into deeper water around Durban. Many questions surrounding this exceptional event remain unanswered.

Links to regions in Kwazulu Natal

Durban Metro & Durban
Midlands & Battlefields
North Coast
South Coast

This is a land of subtle moods, striking beauty and vivid contrasts displayed in many different forms: the ancient beat of drums and the stamping feet of dancing Zulu warriors, the echo of thunder through the crags and remote valleys of the Drakensberg and the rustle of silk and the spicy smells of an oriental bazaar. With the emphasis on conservation, Kwazulu Natal boasts more nature reserves and game parks than any other province in South Africa. Here, one can still experience nature in the true African tradition.


The Kwazulu Natal Holiday Coast comprises the following areas: Durban and Surroundings. The Sugar Coast is a lush, subtropical paradise of green sugar cane covered hillsides and golden beaches, encompassing the coastal area north of Durban between Umhlanga and Tongaat and stretching inland to Mount Edgecombe, Verulam and Hambanathi.



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Accommodation in and around Kwazulu Natal

Hartford House    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Home to the family of the last prime minister of the Colony of Natal, Hartford House is situated on South Africa’s most famous thoroughbred farm near Giant’s Castle. Chosen by the Rulers of Dubai as the location for their priceless stalli... More

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Granny Mouse Country House and Spa is in the magnificent Caversahm Valley in Balgowan and surrounded by gardens overlooking conservancy areas on the Lion's River. This classic Country House Hotel, with its reputation for excellence, is located ... More

The Lapha    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Nestled in a lush garden rich in bird life, The Lapha offers upmarket accommodation with controlled access to the property. Conference and office support facilities are available, while the spa bath, summerhouse and games room provide relaxation and ... More

Sunbird Guest House    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Your hosts Nicky & Norman live in the garden cottage connected by intercom, keeping the personal touch. After a long day's journey or outing, rejuvenate, relax, and experience the effects of a massage in our private Superior Spa Jacuzzi (smal... More

Lythwood Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Welcome to the Lythwood Lodge web site. We hope that you will enjoy perusing the site and find something that will interest you sufficiently to visit us at some future date. We believe that we offer the casual visitor, the conference attendee or the ... More

Wyford Farm    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
We offer accommodation in unique, private self catering cottages on a historical working farm with a rich recorded history in an attractive tranquil mountainous area just under 2 km from the N 3 and only about 3 hours from Johannesburg, Durban or Blo... More

Penryn B&B    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
PENRYN is a gracious old home, situated in central Dundee, close to all amenities and easily accessible. It is a listed building. The house has been tastefully converted into a charming an... More

Elephant Rock - Private Safari Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a charming boutique safari lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. Experience a home-away-from-home true bush lodge experience for the entire family including extraordinary gam... More

The Planes Guest House    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
The Planes Guesthouse offers seven private en-suite bedrooms with heaters, electric blankets, tea and coffee and television. We are centrally situated and have secure under cover parking and electric gates. Share in our delicious meals prepared b... More

Brookfield Farmhouse    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
A fusion of open landscapes, tranquility, lush green paddocks, fertile gardens, country food textures and Hilton's cultural base, makes Brookfield Farmhouse an elegantly charming hospitality landmark and retreat. Brookfield offers the warmest hos... More

Farquhar Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Welcome to Farquhar Lodge Bed & BreakfastSet in a beautiful "jungle like" garden. Situated in Central Ladysmith, close to all the main amenities of this historic townOur fifteen comfortable en-suite rooms are available at affo... More

Fiddlewood Guest Farm    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Set on fifty acres of rolling farmland, Fiddlewood, with its beautiful gardens, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity, yet only minutes from all the amenities of Howick. Your hosts Jenni and Pete offer a warm welcome and, as seasoned travellers with ... More

Battlefields Country Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Battlefields Country Lodge boasts 50 en-suite rooms, in three different styles, with DSTV and Tea & Coffee Facilities. We also offer campsites for those who like to “ruff it” . Our Silos are defiantly unique in there design model... More

Amazian Mountain River Lodge    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
Break away to a Malaria free area and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and get pampered with personalized service in the ultimate tranquil surroundings at Amazian Mountain River Lodge a privately owned lodge, situated in the Southern Dr... More

Engeleni Lodge & Mayfly Cottage    accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
A soul rejuvenating experience and a wonderfully warm welcome awaits you at this destination. Situated on a working dairy farm called Prosper, nestled in the Kamberg Valley, with sweeping, panoramic views of the Ukhahlumba Drakensburg World Heritage ... More

Directory of accommodation in Kwazulu Natal