Kwazulu-Natal is situated on the East Coast of South Africa, south of Mozambique and Swaziland, and east of Lesotho, in the biologically rich zone between the tropical biota to the north and sub-tropical biota to the south. Its major ecosystems include marine coral and rocky reefs, beaches, numerous estuaries and coastal lakes, moist coastal, lowland, and upland grasslands, dry forests and a variety of moist forests depending on altitude, and finally semi-arid savannah systems which contain the mega fauna typical of these habitats in Africa. The climate of Kwazulu-Natal ranges from hot, moist, humid, and sub-tropical on the coastal lowlands in the north-east, to cool and moist temperatures at the top of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Rainfall occurs mainly during the summer months, while snow occurs regularly on the Drakensberg Mountains during winter. Kwazulu-Natal is where the Southern White Rhino was saved from extinction. With the wide range of habitats and eco-systems the number of antelope species occurring in Kwazulu-Natal is high – 21 of the 29 species occurring in South Africa are to be found here. From the elusive Livingston’s Antelope, Red Bush Duiker to the majestic Nyala, the other African savannah species are common. All the large carnivores occur as well as Elephant, both White- and Black Rhino, Burchell’s Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Bush Pig, Warthog and Hippopotamus. Wing shooting proves popular and large numbers of water and ground birds are hunted annually. This is the kingdom of the Zulu’s. Witness the traditional Zulu healer communicating with the spirits.