Kwazulu Natal, flanked by the subtropical Indian Ocean in the East and Southern Africa's mightiest mountain range in the West is known as the Zulu Kingdom. The central midlands of Kwazulu Natal is made up of magnificent rolling grasslands.
The joint provincial capitals are the historic centres of Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi. The major city is Durban, the economic powerhouse of the province and busiest port of South Africa. The coastline to the north and south of Durban is dotted with popular coastal resort towns. The coastal belt is also famous for its sugar cane plantations.
The north coast town of Richards Bay has South Africa's largest harbour and is a bustling industrial centre as well as a tourist centre.
In addition to the national heritage sites of the Drakensberg and the St Lucia Wetlands, the province is home to many fine game reserves and striking natural attractions such as the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Howick Falls.