Kwazulu-Natel has a varied climate because of the diverse, complex topography. The coast is sub-tropical, while the inland is much cooler in winter and on the Drankensberg heavy winter snow and even occasional light summer snow can be found.
The province has rich areas of biodiversity of a wide range of fauna and flora. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park as well as the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park are wetlands of international importance for migratory species and both has been declared UNESCO world heritage sites.
The choices for vacationing in Kwazulu-Natal is not what to do, but where you want to do it.
Go shopping – at world class, modern malls in the cities or Indian markets in Durban and Umhalanga or local stalls all over the province with fresh fruit and beautiful creative Zulu beadwork or at craft markets that are to found in about every town.
Go canoeing – would you like to do it at sea, on one of the fast flowing rivers or do you like it calmer and prefer it on one of the many dams or calm river branches? Go cycling – road cycling up passes, in the Midlands on flat roads between savannah grassland or take a hilly road through the Valley of 1000 Hills. And if you choose off-road biking – just choose where – mountain passes, on the edge of a gorge, along the beach, through forests and sugarcane plantations or just casually exploring the cities?
Go fishing – angling from the beach, scooping up sardines with the sardine run, deep sea fishing, angling along a river or in one of the dams or even on a boat on a river or a dam?
Absailing, rock climbing, big rush swings and jumps, zip line – which mountain or gorge? And then don’t forget the spectacular Mose Mahbida stadium – yes you can swing from the top!
Culture and history is my thing – OK – Pietermaritzburg is known as the city of choice for culture as it is steeped in a history that speaks British, Zulu, Boer and Indian. Then there is Fort Amiel Museum at Newcastle, KwaMuhle Museum in Durban, museums in Vryheid, the Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are a wonderful historical site near Dundee and the Blood River Heritage site is one of the most unique battle sites in South Africa where Boer and Zulu cfought.
Parks where fauna and flora are in abundance are scattered all over Kwazulu-Natal – and everyone exciting and worth visiting.
Anything you want to do, anywhere you want to do it – you will find it can be seen and done in Kwazulu-Natal.
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