KwaZulu-Natal is one of the 9 provinces of South Africa and is often referred to as “The Garden Province”. It was established as an official province in 1994 when the Zulu Bantustan of KwaZulu and the Natal Province were amalgamated. This province is found on the south eastern side of the country with the Indian Ocean and beautiful coastline. There are three other provinces that share its borders, the Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga. You also have three other countries that border the region, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.
The capital city of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg, while Durban is the largest city in the province. Gauteng is the most densely populated province in the country and KwaZulu-Natal is the second most populated, which is truly amazing when you consider the size of these two provinces. The iSimangakiso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park have both been proclaimed as World Heritage Sites. There have been a number of prominent dignitaries who were born in KwaZulu-Natal including Albert Luthuli, Pixley ka Isaka Seme, Harry Gwala, Mangosuth Buthelezi and Jacob Zuma amongst others.
The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is one of the best in the world and has a subtropical and humid climate. It is divided into two sections, the North Coast and the South Coast. All along this coastline are smaller towns like Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh and Port Edward, which are along the South Coast; and Ballito, Umhlanga and Salt Rock along the North Coast. All these towns are home to many residents, but they are also holiday resorts for local and international tourists.
One of the spectacular events that take place along this coastline in June/July of each year is the “Annual Sardine Run”. This is when millions of sardines migrate from their spawning grounds in the southernmost part of Africa to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal coast. This migration has been referred to as “The greatest shoal on earth”.
The Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu reigns in KwaZulu-Natal as the Zulu King, but he does not have any political powers and holds influence only with the Zulu population in the province. The KwaZulu-Natal economy is growing at a rapid pace with the Durban Harbour being reported as the busiest port in the whole of Africa. The main industry that brings in the most money in the province is the sugar industry. There is also the dairy, cotton, cattle and banana industries that yield an income.
The KwaZulu-Natal province is also host to a number of major sporting events. These include the Comrades Marathon, which is a major world event where the runners run between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. There is also the Dusi Canoe Marathon that begins in Pietermaritzburg and finishes in Durban. Not forgetting the Durban July, one of the major annual horse racing events taking place at Greyville Racecourse in Durban.
Properties for sale in this province is in great demand and can range from farms to golf estates and apartments or cluster homes and retirement villages. Along the north and south coast are the most popular areas for property sales, as the beach is the main attraction. Here prices can range from R1 to R1, 5 million. You can find inland properties at much cheaper prices, which still offer the same value for your money.