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KwaZulu-Natal is located on the Indian Ocean seaboard and is one of South Africa's nine provinces. Occupying about 93,450 square kilometres - equivalent to 7.7% of the total land area of the country, KwaZulu-Natal occupies the third smallest land area in the country.

Part of the east coast of Africa, it stretches from Port Edward in the south to the Swaziland and Mozambique borders to the north.

The province can be assigned together with three geographic zones: a lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, rolling plains in the central region and a mountainous area in the far north. The wetlands and lakes around Isimangaliso are a unique attraction and the Drakensberg range (South Africa's highest mountains, occupying about 7% of the province) which extends for 200km along the western boundary, reaching heights of more than 3500 metres. Three large rivers have their source in these mountains.
Since this is the best-watered province, KwaZulu-Natal is perennially green. Vegetation tends to be lush along the coastal strip, with enormous coastal forests found on some of the world's highest sand dunes along the northern part of the coastline. A huge number of brightly coloured plant species exist, and sugarcane covered fields predominate in the north. Varied and dense coastal forests and bush, as well as lala and wild banana palms occur in great profusion along the South Coast. The variety extends from tropical and subtropical types at the coast, through rolling grasslands, to tundra types in the high Drakensberg.

Distance to other South African Cities by Air is as follows:

By Air
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548
..
..
..
..
379
661
..
461
911
Bloemfontein (FS)
..
648
..
..
..
820
1 272
348
863
1 250
Cape Town (WC)
998
..
674
..
..
497
..
501
926
451
Durban (KZN)
1 660
667
..
231
..
..
..
..
766
..
East London (EC)
667
1 042
575
..
300
..
..
..
..
1 040
George (WC)
630
1 240
436
764
..
909
285
443
280
453
Johannesburg (GP)
1 168
992
598
1 405
417
..
..
..
..
Kimberlly (NC)
467
734
750
842
960
175
..
..
..
..
Nelspruit (MP)
832
358
1 509
1 214
689
1 779
771
..
..
..
Pietermaritzburg (KZN)
675
748
503
1 173
594
77
1 544
578
..
..
Pietersburg (LP)
811
320
805
331
1 499
1 323
929
1 736
748
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Port Eliza-beth (EC)
1 393
854
1 373
752
1 062
330
300
927
756
635
Pretoria (GP)
1 120
273
561
342
532
58
1 226
1 050
656
1 463
475
By Road
Source: Automobile Association of South Africa, South African Airways          

Standard South African time is two hours ahead of GMT, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, 10 hours behind New Zealand Winter Time, and eight hours behind Eastern Australian Winter Time.