SA Blog is touring South Africa on the Baz Bus, following the adventures of intrepid Baz Blogger Kathy - a.k.a. "Trekker".
Continuing our Leg Two roamings, we depart the Eastern Cape and enter KwaZulu Natal, my home province. Yahoo!
KZN is also is the home province of the Zulus, who were molded into a fierce nation by Shaka kaSenzangakhona pheZulu in the early 1800s. Shaka was one of the most influential African kings ever born, and his military exploits led to a complete reorganization of many Southern African tribes. Today, the Inkatha Freedom Party holds the primary claim to Shaka's legacy, though as a political force it is on the wane.
Formerly split into Natal Province and the "homeland" of KwaZulu, the area amalgamated and was renamed Kwazulu Natal in 1994, after SA's first democratic elections.
A province of great contrasts, KZN's landscapes range from a warm tropical coastline, to fertile valleys filled with sugarcane as far as the eye can see, to the majestic (and, in winter, snow-bearing) Drakensberg Mountains, site of the famous uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.