Weather in Kwazulu Natal
Summer (November – April) temperature tends toward very hot (30c +) and very humid in the lower lying coastal area and in Zululand. This is the rainy season and the area is prone to torrential rain.
Winter (May to October) is probably the best time to visit. It is drier, daytime temperatures rise to the mid 20c but at night and in the early morning it can be chilly.
For the Drakensbergs, it can snow heavily at higher altitudes during the winter, but the spring, summer and autumn are very pleasant.
The National Parks are among the oldest game reserves in South Africa with a proud history of conservation and where, for example, the White Rhino was saved from extinction in the Umfolozi Reserve. The Beaches are some of finest in South Africa. The coastline is extensive with huge beaches and fun resorts. In the remote north is Sodwana Bay which has particularly fine diving among the coral reefs.
Activities and sights in Kwazulu Natal
- Mountains & Hiking The Drakensberg around Cathedral Peak and the Amphitheatre in the north and Giant’s Castle in the centre. In the south, the Sani Pass is a spectacular 4 X 4 route into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
- Activities Horse Riding, coarse fishing in the Natal Midlands and the Drakensbergs, tiger fishing in St. Lucia and game fishing in the Indian Ocean.
- Game Reserves These include The Hluhluwe / Umfolozi, Tembe Elephant Reserve, the world heritage site of the St. Lucia Wetlands and the impressive Phindi Private Game Reserve.
- Crafts Beautiful Zulu beadwork can be found in the craft markets in Durban and in the cultural villages. You will also find some fine woven bowls and jars.
- Towns & Resorts Umnhlanga Rocks, Ballito, Umdloti, Margate, Ramsgate and Port Edward are just a selection of the fine coastal resorts.
Accommodation in Kwazulu Natal
This region has so much for the tourist with a wide range of luxury hotels and safari lodges to excellent bed & breakfast lodges providing typical South African hospitality.
Although most of the province is malaria free, you are strongly advised to take precautions in the north of Zululand and most of the northern game reserves from Hluhluwe northwards.