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 Capricorn. The province’s climate may be described as warm-temperate and subtropical, as the surface rises from sea level to the highest point of the Drakensberg (Champagne Castle). The highest point of the Drakensberg, and in fact in Southern Africa, is actually Thabana Ntlenyana, in Lesotho. This difference in height over a small area causes several climate varieties.

On the coast of Natal the air is, as a rule, humid and warm; in the midlands it is generally dry and cool; and in the Drakensberg area it may be described as bracing and cold.

Agriculture

Agriculture

The marked diversity of its soil and climate gives a corresponding variety to the agriculture....

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...

Sugar Cane Country

Sugar Cane Country

Pioneers observed that a species of wild sugar cane, called mpha by the Zulu, grew in the area....

Land and People

Land and People

KwaZulu-Natal has a large population with 43 per cent being younger than 15 years. Some 8, 7...

Overview

Overview

The Garden Province Much of KwaZulu-Natal's colonial history rallies around this sub-tropical...

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