South African Holidays in KwaZulu-Natal
Capital City - Pietermaritzburg
Population of Pietermaritzburg - Estimated at between 350 000 and 500 000
Provincial Population - 10 million
Area - 92,100 km2
Percentage of GDP produced in KwaZulu-Natal - 16.5%
Principal economic sectors - Major producer of sugar, aluminum, timber and dairy products
KwaZulu-Natal is a vibrant and fascinating province, offering a melting pot of cultures, traditions and experiences. Flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and majestic peaks is home to the Isimangaliso World Heritage Site, the coastal city of Durban, the amazing Indian culture and the spectacular Zulu kingdom.
The pulsating city of Durban is the provinces gateway and home to Africa's busiest harbour. KwaZulu-Natal is characterized by its expansive golden beaches, the traditional Zulu culture and a captivating historical heritage. Here visitors will be able to enjoy an abundance of adventure sports, exciting game viewing opportunities, historical journeys, cultural excursions and exhilarating water based activities.
KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa, due largely to its spectacular beaches, warm hospitality and pleasant year round weather. Travelers descend onto this South African jewel in search of a unique experience, combining the sophistication and finesse of a first world country, with the rich cultural diversity and hospitable atmosphere synonymous with South Africa.
Often referred to as 'KZN', KwaZulu-Natal, is a province of contrasts, from the lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, the hilly central region of the Natal Midlands, to the craggy mountainous areas of the Drakensberg and Lebombo Mountains in the north. KZN experiences a subtropical climate, mainly along the coast.
Summers are wet, hot and humid, with pleasant nights, whereas winter enjoys warm to hot days and cold and chilly nights. Ladysmith in the Tugela River Valley will experience summer temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius during the day, but dropping below freezing point during winter nights. The Drakensberg can also experience heavy snow during winter, with light snow on the highest peaks in summer. The Zululand north coast experiences the warmest climate with the highest humidity.
Durban is a city of beaches, hot and spicy Indian food and pleasant, balmy days. Durban enjoys some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa and, unlike the cold beaches of Cape Town, are warm enough for visitors to enjoy.
The subtropical climate and expansive, white sand beaches make Durban one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa. Durban is a surfer's paradise, with hordes of surfers from all over the world descending onto this South African jewel every year. Angling, swimming and boating are also popular water based activities.
Durban is a thriving, vibrant and pulsating city, and home to Africa's major seaport. Industries in Durban include ship building and repairing; sugar refining, petroleum refining, fishing, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, footwear and textiles.
Pietermaritzburg is a thriving modern city, and the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. With a illustrious history, Pietermaritzburg offers a picturesque country atmosphere in the heart of the city. Pietermaritzburg is renowned for hosting world class sporting events, the annual outdoor festival and an agricultural show.
Pietermaritzburg is a city of education, arts and government, but also plays host to numerous world class hotels, night clubs, restaurants and B&B's, exactly what a tourist needs. Pietermaritzburg offers a unique country atmosphere while still being completely modern and urban, with many businesses and relocating to Pietermaritzburg for this reason alone.
Pietermaritzburg is a place of history, with more historical monuments house here than anywhere else in South Africa. A great way to discover the history of Pietermaritzburg is one of the self guided Town Trails. These are comfortable, easy walks through the city's historical centre - which include 50 national monuments.