KwaZulu Natal

The ‘Kingdom of the Zulu’ is a blend of cultures combining African, European and Indian traditions into a mixture of diverse sights, tastes and regional highlights. Known as the garden province and home to the Zulu Nation, KwaZulu Natal proudly boasts two World Heritage Sites – the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park – both of which we include in our KwaZulu Natal tours.

History

On Christmas day in 1497, Vasco Da Gama was the first European to see the coast of Natal (the original name of the region, meaning Christmas in Portuguese). From its early days, the province has been the scene of many fierce battles – being the bone of contention between the Zulus and the Voortrekkers; the British Empire and Boer settlers (Anglo-Boer War); the Zulus and the British Empire. The region consisted of a semi-independent tribal homeland for the Zulu people. At the end of apartheid in 1994, it was re-incorporated into the Natal province and the province was renamed, KwaZulu Natal.

Climate

An endless summer can be expected in KwaZulu Natal. It is a region with a tropical climate and generous rainfall during the summer months. During the Christmas holiday season (summer months) it can get extremely hot and humid along the coast with milder temperatures inland.