KwaZulu Natal extends from the Indian Ocean to the 3,000 metre high Drakensberg
Mountains. Therefore, there are wide variations in climate.
In the coastal region, including Durban, it is sub-tropical; hot and
sticky with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Further west, in the so-called
Midlands, the weather becomes less sticky. And towards the mountainous
region temperatures are cooler with fog and wind more prevalent - it has
even been known to snow here.
Like the weather, the flora and fauna vary considerably depending on
where you are.
Many of the region's plants are exhibited at Durban's excellent botanical
gardens. Sugar is a major crop and much of this is exported through Durban,
or used in the brewing industry.
We were fortunate enough to be in this
region in springtime (October) when the jacaranda trees were in full blossom
- these truly were a wonderful sight (pic).
Sugar leaves South Africa . . .
. . . or perhaps becomes beer
A large centipede in the Valley of a Thousand Hills
Brunfelsia pauciflora calycina, the yesterday,
today and tomorrow tree
Some of the most exotic natural sights are to be found on the slopes
of the Drakensberg. Lizards, sun birds and eland are seen amongst lovely
flowering trees and tiny rock-loving flowers.
In the north of KwaZulu Natal is the Hluhluwe Game Park which has a wide
variety of game, including rhino, elephant and giraffe.