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KwaZulu-Natal is a province that offers a diverse menu. It is the traditional home of the Zulu Kingdom, while many of the descendants of the indentured Indian labourers brought here to work in the sugarcane plantations still live here. Furthermore, KwaZulu-Natal saw many a battle in a number of wars: Boer against Brit, Brit against Zulu and Zulu against Boer.

Durban, situated on the coast of the warm Indian Ocean is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. It is a fascinating mixture of Africa, the East and the West. You can find the best curry outside of the borders of India here and buy bead craft and baskets made by gifted Zulu women. The influence of British colonial rule is evident in the architecture of many of the buildings, most notably the City Hall.

However, nowhere is the British influence more clear than in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. There are two schools of thought regarding the origins of the name of the town. One version maintains that Pietermaritzburg was named after Piet Retief and Gerrit Maritz, two well-known Voortrekker leaders. According to another version Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal was named only after Piet Retief, since his full name was Pieter Mourits Retief.

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal has many beautiful beaches, making it a very popular holiday destination for South Africans and international visitors. The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is also known as the “Dolphin Coast” because the sight of bottle-nosed dolphins frolicking in the surf is one very familiar to beachgoers. Shaka Zulu, one of the famous kings of the Zulu people, as well as the Nobel laureate Albert Luthuli, are buried at Kwa-Dukuza. If you visit the coast of KwaZulu-Natal during June or July, you might be in time for the “sardine run”, when countless sardines migrate northwards. This occasion is reason to grab anything from a bucket to a basket and head for the surf!

The Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal, a short distance from Durban, is one of the most serene place you will ever visit. The view from Botha’s Hill in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal will remain in your memory for a long time. The popular “1000 Hills Choo-Choo” is a steam train that runs from Kloof Station to Inchanga Station on the first and last Sunday every month. The Umkhumbane Flea Market is open on every Sunday of the month and this is where you can buy a very special souvenir of KwaZulu-Natal directly from the artists.

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