KZN – Geography

Overview

Overview

The Garden Province Much of KwaZulu-Natal's colonial history rallies around this sub-tropical coastline's splendid and strategic natural harbor that is today the busiest port on the African continent. The first inhabitants were however attracted by the fresh water and...

Agriculture

Agriculture

The marked diversity of its soil and climate gives a corresponding variety to the agriculture. Sugar, tea, coffee, tobacco, arrowroot, cayenne pepper, and nearly all kinds of tropical and sub-tropical fruit are grown on the coast. Maize or Indian corn thrives from the...

Sugar Cane Country

Sugar Cane Country

Pioneers observed that a species of wild sugar cane, called mpha by the Zulu, grew in the area. Africans and Europeans chewed this cane as it was juicy and sweet but the sugar content was not high enough to make it commercially viable. In 1847 a Durban firm, the...

Fresh Water Resources

Fresh Water Resources

The rivers of Natal are too small, too rapid and too shallow to be navigable. They may be divided into three classes: Those which flow across from the Berg to the sea; Those rising in the spurs of the Berg or in the higher terraces; and Those of which the courses are...

Land and People

Land and People

KwaZulu-Natal has a large population with 43 per cent being younger than 15 years. Some 8, 7 million people live on its 92 180 square km of land, making it the second highest densely populated province in South Africa. The principal language is isiZulu, followed by...

Climate

Climate

The climate or weather of an area depends on its temperature, rainfall and wind, as well as the way in which they are distributed throughout the year. Natal is in the South Temperate Zone, with its northern most point about 312km (195 miles) from the Tropic of...

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