KwaZulu-Natal's climate is widely described as year-round and tourist-friendly. This South African holiday destination is enveloped by the warm Indian Ocean on the east and to the west are the grand Drakensberg Mountains. KwaZulu-Natal has a warm, sub-tropical climate with very hot and humid summers during the months of November, December and January. Winters are reasonably warm during June and July. Winter sunshine lasts for almost seven hours a day, thus allowing for diverse outdoor adventure, beach and aquatic activities.
The people of KwaZulu-Natal are some of the friendliest in the country. South Africa has a rich diverse population, four major race groups and more than 10 official languages. Several ethnic groups all form part of the diversity of people, languages and culture of this country.
KwaZulu-Natal's history takes us to the year 1497 on Christmas Day when Portuguese Explorer Vasco Da Gama discovered this land of vast greenery, wildlife and untold treasures. Natal, which means Christmas in Portuguese, gave rise to the original name for this region. The end of the apartheid era in 1994 saw a new name for the territory, which is now widely known as KwaZulu-Natal, mainly because of the majority Zulu population in the Province.
Many cities, towns, and the wide mix of different races all add to the rich diversity of the province. The Black population has several ethnic groups that form the distinct African culture that envelops the province. They speak many different languages and their impressive dance and musical abilities contribute to the strong cultural stance that KZN holds.
KwaZulu-Natal also has a high Indian population in comparison to any other South African Province. Durban in particular, is occupied by a vast majority of Indian people. Their notorious spicy cooking and hot foods contribute a touch of colour to the city. All in all, the culture of KwaZulu-Natal is mixed with character, dance, music, history and nations with an interesting story to tell.
Zulu (primarily spoken by South African Blacks) is widely spoken in KwaZulu-Natal, but is also spoken by the Indian, White and Coloured population. English is the administrative language and is spoken and understood by the majority people as well. Xhosa and Afrikaans are also commonly spoken languages in KwaZulu-Natal.