KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand in particular enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate for most part of the year. Summer (Nov - Feb) temperatures are hot, from 24 - 30 degrees celsius, and winter temperatures average 20 degrees celsius. Winters are ideal and from March/April the temperatures vary from about 11 degrees at night to around 30 degrees in the day. The rest of the year has very hot days and high humidity levels.
For information on specific weather conditions you can call the following numbers:
North Coast - +27 (0) 82 231 1677
Zululand Interior - +27 (0) 82 231 1615
Ski boat and sailing - +27 (0) 82 231 1607
Surf and diving conditions - +27 (0) 82 231 1610
Sun, moon and tides - +27 (0) 82 231 1618
Professional forecast - aviation, ship and climate - +27 (0) 82 233 9500 or www.weathersa.co.za
Comfortable, light cotton clothing is advised, plus a hat, sunglasses, swimming costume, sunscreen, binoculars, camera plus lots of film, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Don't forget the insect repellent.
From Richards Bay to:
-St Lucia 80km
And while you're moving around you might want to know more about road and travel conditions.
Traffic department - +27 (0) 35 787 2917
KZN Traffic Department - +27 (0) 86 221 1010
National Roads Agency - +27 (0) 33 355 8808
Automobile Association - +27 (0) 86 100 0234
Breakdown Services - +27 (0) 86 168 2082
The N2 is the national road through Zululand linking Mpumalanga with the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The regional roads that connect most of the towns in Zululand are tarred and well used.
Toll gates are in operation on national roads. Ensure that South African currency is available when travelling. Costs of tolls vary between R5.00 and R31.00 for a normal vehicle, depending upon the length of the stretch of road.
Zululand has a population of approximately 400 000 people.
There are eleven official languages in South Africa. In the Zululand area Afrikaans, English and Zulu are widely spoken
Banking hours are from Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 08h30-11h00. Automated teller machines (ATMs) operate 24 hours and can be found in most shopping centres along the coast and in the inland towns. Several petrol stations also have ATMs. The specific banks that are found in this area are Standard Bank, ABSA, Nedbank and First National Bank.
Note that the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve only accepts cash at the entrance gates. Please call KZN Wildlife for updates on entrance fees - +27 (0) 33 845 1000.
Most departmental stores, shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards i.e. American Express, VISA, Diners Club, Mastercard. Note that not all petrol stations are equipped to take petrol or credit cards.
The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R10 and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c. There are 100c in R1.
14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, foreign tourists are able to reclaim this money on their departure from the country provided that the goods purchased exceed R250. Ask for more information at the airport on arrival.
Precautions should be taken against malaria in the low-lying areas of coastal Zululand and Maputuland, especially as you get close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders and between the months of October to May. Protective medication needs to be started several days before travelling, and continued for four weeks after leaving the area.
Advice on the most suitable preparations can be obtained from pharmacies, travel clinics, the Travel Doctor, contactable on +27 (0) 86 130 0911, or cellphone 084 587 7747, and offices of the Department of Health.
While travelling, make use of insect repellents, coils, mosquito nets, and keep the body covered as much as possible after sundown.
Zululand sunshine is one of its greatest assets but requires hats, sunglasses and sun-cream. Make sure during the summer months, when humidity is high, that your water intake is sufficient. Carrying a water bottle on walks or a long drive is suggested.
Following is the list of some hospitals in Zululand:
Telephone: (035) 831 7099
Telephone: (035) 592 0150
Telephone: (035) 591 0122
Telephone: (035) 574 1004
MRI Rescue Helicopter
Telephone: 080 011 1990
S.A. Police Services
Telephone: (035) 562 4300
Telephone: (035) 591 0000
Telephone: (035) 592 2000
Telephone: (035) 571 6100
Telephone: (035) 573 1088
Telephone: (035) 591 0001
Telephone: (034) 413 1201
Telephone: 086 100 0234
Telephone: 082 466 5942
Telephone: 082 466 5942
Telephone: (034) 413 2174
Central Reservations: (033) 845 1999
False Bay : (035) 562 0425
Hluhluwe-Hluhluwe : (035) 562 0848
Itala : (034) 983 2540
Kosi Bay : (035) 592 0236
Mkuze : (035) 573 0003
Pongola : (034) 435 1012
Sodwana : (035) 571 0051
St Lucia : (035) 590 1340
Tembe Elephant Park : (035) 592 0001/(035) 592 0009/082 651 2868
Swimming and paddling in rivers, lagoons and lakes is not safe unless the area is free of bilharzia, hippos and crocodiles. Sea bathing is best undertaken on demarcated beaches - head for Alkantstrand as Richards Bay, or any of the public pools.
Please remember that driving vehicles on the beaches is not allowed in South Africa.
A searchable database of all tourism attractions and services in this area is currently being developed. For your accommodation needs please consult the static accommodation lists linked under each of the towns on this site. For information on other tourism services in this area, please search the database found under 'Plan and Book' on the main KwaZulu-Natal website .