Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa's premier tourist destinations. From the dramatic and imposing cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountain Range to the golden beaches of the warm Indian Ocean coastline, the province offers the visitor a truly exciting African adventure.
KwaZulu-Natal stretches from Port Edward to the Mozambique border in the north, with one of the gateways to the province being the port city of Durban, a bustling city that offers business, entertainment and a golden beachfront. The province is world-renowned for its magnificent game reserves, some of which offer Big Five game viewing, as well as the World Heritage Sites at uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and the incredibly diverse natural habitats of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Rich in history, KwaZulu-Natal offers visitors a glimpse into the battles of the past along the Battlefields Route, and for those interested in arts, crafts, and food culture, the Midlands Meander arts and crafts route is fabulous.
The people of KwaZulu-Natal create a unique cultural tapestry, as Zulu, Indian, Afrikaans and British colonial cultures fuse into a fascinating mix. Proud of their unique heritage, the people of KwaZulu-Natal create wonderful artistic productions, and visitors and locals alike will be entertained nonstop by vibrant music, exciting dance and wonderful authentic art.
A major player in the economy of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal has a host of industries that make large contributions to all aspects of the lives of South Africans. Durban harbour is the busiest port in the country, and is a crucial link in the economy. There is heavy mining to be found in the province, a massive sugar-cane and sugar-extracting industry, as well as strong forestry and agriculture.
With awesome year-round sunshine and good weather, a great diversity of attractions and experiences and a host of excellent accommodation options, it is no wonder KwaZulu-Natal is a firm favourite for both local and international visitors. With a host of conferencing options from rural settings to the most high-tech the city can offer, KwaZulu-Natal is also an ideal location to host a great conference.
CAPITAL: (Joint capitals) Pietermaritzburg; Ulundi
PRINCIPAL LANGUAGES: isiZulu; English; Afrikaans
POPULATION: 10,11 million
AREA: 92,100 sq km