To buy property in KwaZulu-Natal is to have a stake in a subtropical, fertile, productive province of immaculate beauty. KwaZulu-Natal truly is the garden province of South Africa! Its higher rainfall produces greenery throughout the province and drives its booming agriculture. Add to this the allure of the warm Indian Ocean and the majesty of the Drakensberg range. The sum is an exciting world in one province!
The culture of the province is rich and diverse. Options for potential homeowners are equally diverse. The driving force of the economy of KwaZulu-Natal is Durban. The city is measured on many accounts as the busiest port in all Africa. It has one of the 10 largest harbours in the world!
Agriculture is a main source of revenue and is spearheaded by the sugar refining industry. Many industries operate in Durban, as well as steel and rubber producers in Newcastle, situated inland and to the north of the province. On the north coast, Richards Bay is the driving force of the aluminium industry in South Africa. Coal is also mined in and transported through KwaZulu-Natal.
If you are looking for a home in KwaZulu-Natal – surprise, surprise – you are not the first who has seen the attraction of the province! There is a major tourist trade here, built on the sheer magnetic quality of life in this province. This is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. To the east, you will find pristine, world-class beaches, and great surfing. To the west lie the stunning peaks of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. KwaZulu-Natal is well-loved by visitors from South Africa and abroad.
Houses in KwaZulu-Natal will give you a great vantage from which to explore these fascinating regions. You could choose a beautiful free-standing home, or the ever-popular estate living close to Durban. Wherever you choose to buy your property in KwaZulu-Natal, you will enjoy the sub-tropical climate of the region. The climate is comparable to that of the gorgeous southern Florida in America. Moving north up the coast, the climate becomes more tropical.
Inland regions are somewhat cooler. The interior of the province comprises lovely hill country. From the provincial capital, Pietermaritzburg, through to Estcourt is the Midlands region. The region known as the Valley of a Thousand Hillsis famously described as “lovely beyond any singing of it” by novelist Alan Paton in his iconic “Cry, the Beloved Country.”
Residents of KwaZulu-Natal enjoy the first-hand experience of many natural wonders and sporting events. There is the phenomenon of the annual “sardine run”, in which millions of sardines migrate close to the shore. This great event has been dubbed “the greatest shoal on earth”.
On the sporting side, there is the world-famous Comrades Marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the Midmar Mile swimming race, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, the opulent Durban July horse racing event, and Mr Price Pro, which attracts surfers from all corners of the globe. KwaZulu-Natal homeowners also get behind the Sharks Rugby union, one of South Africa’s most popular rugby franchises. Golfing is popular in the province. KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast has some of the most scenic courses you will ever encounter.
This is also true for Hillcrest and Kloof, areas which both boast good schools. Those who want direct proximity to the Durban city centre should look at some of the beautiful, spacious homes in the well-established suburbs of Morningside and Durban North.
Margate, in the south coast region, offers relaxed living in a seaside town away from the bustle of the city. It has stunning views of the ocean and active aquatic life.
Overall, depending on one’s preferences, there are plenty of property choices in the province of KwaZulu-Natal!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.