KwaZulu-Natal- Shaka's Heaven on Earth

Written by Andrew Muigai


The remarkable diversity of attractions ofrepparttar KwaZulu-Natal region is unsurpassed in South Africa. It encompassesrepparttar 146507 splendid Drakensburg Mountains, sublime subtropical beaches, top rated nature and game reserves, historic battlefields, rolling green hills ofrepparttar 146508 Natal Midlands andrepparttar 146509 city of Durban. The range of activities possible is a challenge even for those withrepparttar 146510 most eclectic of tastes: swimming, fishing, boating, scuba diving, hiking, abseiling, game viewing, cultural and historical touring, whale and bird watching and golfing.

Warmer and more authentic South Africa thanrepparttar 146511 Cape Region, KwaZulu-Natal isrepparttar 146512 favourite holiday destination for locals. The region lies betweenrepparttar 146513 Drakensberg Mountains and Swaziland torepparttar 146514 west;repparttar 146515 Indian Ocean torepparttar 146516 east stretching from Port Edward inrepparttar 146517 south torepparttar 146518 Mozambique border inrepparttar 146519 north. As you transition from a subtropical to tropical environment, you encounter cool mountain ranges, savannah grassland, coral reefs, indigenous coastal forest and dunes, lakes and lagoons and papyrus wetlands. Here 9 million people occupy 92,000 sq km of somerepparttar 146520 fairest and best-watered lands in South Africa.

Little wonder thatrepparttar 146521 Zulu, or "people of heaven" consideredrepparttar 146522 area a heaven on earth indeed, and were extremely jealous of late comers who sought a share of it. And yetrepparttar 146523 Zulu people themselves had arrived only inrepparttar 146524 16th century. Their ancestors,repparttar 146525 Nguni, had been pushing southwards fromrepparttar 146526 Great Lakes region for at least three thousand years. The land was inhabited- if you could userepparttar 146527 term- by San Bushmen. This hunter-gatherer society was very sparing in its demands onrepparttar 146528 land. The arrival ofrepparttar 146529 Nguni, a people with numerous cattle herds and great thirst for land, putrepparttar 146530 Bushman under great stress and severe disadvantage.

The Zulu derive directly from a clan head ofrepparttar 146531 Nguni named "Heaven" or Zulu, who established a territory bearing his own name or KwaZulu inrepparttar 146532 Umfolozi valley. The Zulu was a fairly insignificant power, even amongrepparttar 146533 Nguni, untilrepparttar 146534 arrival of Shaka Zulu. Shaka, born in 1787, was first-born son to Chief Senzangakhona, but was considered illegitimate on account of a technicality. Shaka eventually corrected this injustice by plottingrepparttar 146535 death of his younger brother -repparttar 146536 legitimate heir. He thus rose to be chief of his people when his father died in 1816.

Shaka was a man gifted with great daring, cunning and imagination. He repulsed numerous attacks byrepparttar 146537 Ndwandwe- a rival and more militarily superior Nguni people, eventually forcingrepparttar 146538 enemy to flee northwards. Shaka appreciated that repparttar 146539 Ndwandwe would be back unless he created conditions to make it impossible. Above all else a military leader, he devised such weaponry, battle tactics and training methods that resulted in an unbeatable army among known enemies ofrepparttar 146540 day. By numerous treacherous devices -war, assassination, deceit and intimidation - he subdued smaller and larger clans, and gathered all to his realm.

Within three years to 1819,repparttar 146541 Zulu nation emerged asrepparttar 146542 largest and most feared inrepparttar 146543 whole of southeastern Africa. And Shaka, now King Shaka, was sitting pretty as its head. His success had however caused unprecedented mayhem inrepparttar 146544 region, and aroused bitter jealousy amongst his ambitious compatriots. He also ruled with an iron fist and was such a tyrant as had never risen before amongrepparttar 146545 Zulu. Shaka was speared to death by Dingane -his half brother, in 1824. The Zulu kingdom survived him, but his legacy was to be severely tested, later nrepparttar 146546 century in conflicts with new rivals -repparttar 146547 British and Boers.

The British had approached Shaka, shortly before his death, for trading rights in ivory and animal skins. Shaka signed a document granting themrepparttar 146548 chieftaincy of Port Natal, their small base onrepparttar 146549 east coast. In a very liberal and rather dishonest interpretation of Shaka's intentions, they claimedrepparttar 146550 Port Natal area inrepparttar 146551 name ofrepparttar 146552 King of England. Port Natal is today known to most as Durban -and to locals as "Durbs". The city isrepparttar 146553 gateway and business hub of KwaZulu-Natal, andrepparttar 146554 logical starting point for exploringrepparttar 146555 region.Its port ranks amongrepparttar 146556 world's top 10, and isrepparttar 146557 busiest onrepparttar 146558 African continent. To discover KwaZulu-Natal, rent a car at Durban or take a South Africa tour or safari that coversrepparttar 146559 region.

Durban's weather is mild and pleasant - temperatures average 17 degrees C in winter (June-August) and 27 degrees C in summer (December to February). Holidaymakers are favoured with sea temperatures averaging 24 degrees C in summer rarely falling below 19 degrees C in winter. This coastal playground enjoys at least a good 320 days of sunshine every year. The rains come overrepparttar 146560 summer months, when it can get quite hot and humid, with temperatures reaching for 33 degrees C. Long before everybody else,repparttar 146561 San Bushmen wintered in Durban, taking advantage ofrepparttar 146562 excellent climate relative to their inland domains.

"The Golden Mile" is a 6 km long waterfront lined with some of Durban's top rated hotels. The city has some ofrepparttar 146563 finest beaches inrepparttar 146564 country. Good beaches for swimming and surfing can be found torepparttar 146565 south ofrepparttar 146566 city- Ansteys, Brighton, Cave Rock, and Garvies. Torepparttar 146567 north- Country Club, Tekwini, and Laguna beaches are more exclusive and less crowded. Withinrepparttar 146568 city, you can visit museums and art galleries and shop for crafts. The Kwa-Muhle museum will educate you about Apartheid, which is important if you want to understand South African society.

There are numerous restaurants- Indian, African and Western - in this cosmopolitan city. The Indians started coming here in 1860 as indentured labour forrepparttar 146569 sugar plantations. Today,repparttar 146570 Durban metro area hasrepparttar 146571 largest Indian population outside India. Durban stands betweenrepparttar 146572 North and South Coast of South Africa's eastern seaboard. The North Coast beaches include Umhlanga Rocks, Ballito, Shaka's Rock and Shelley Beach. Here you find good accommodation and myriad opportunities for swimming and surfing. Around Ballito is great for watchingrepparttar 146573 ever-fascinating dolphins.

The South Coast stretches from Durban to Port Edward and covers Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Margate and Southbroom. The region has fantastic beaches and matching amenities. Between Port Edward and Hibberdene isrepparttar 146574 scene ofrepparttar 146575 sardine run. This most spectacular display ofrepparttar 146576 natural world occurs around June and July. It is triggered by a 4-5 degrees C drop in sea temperature that prompts millions of sardines in great shoals to head northwards. On this dash, game fish, dolphins, sharks, whales and others of their mortal enemies follow. This unforgettable experience appears to berepparttar 146577 marine world's answer torepparttar 146578 annual wildebeest migration onrepparttar 146579 Kenya-Tanzania border.

So Practical Using Messenger Bag

Written by Rose Anne


Putting all your things in one bag is much more practical than to put in separate bags. You only need to concentrate on your bag because you have put everything in that one bag. Itís so easy bringing your belonging in just one big bag.

Are you looking for stylish bag which has lots of rooms, lightweight and easy to carry? Well,repparttar answer would be messenger bags. Donít worry;repparttar 146460 messenger bags will be perfect for you. Messenger bag is a single strap shoulder bag where it is design with so many rooms to put your stuffs in separate room.

How Messenger Bag Become Popular?

The single-strap shoulder bag as used by messengers is really nothing new, inrepparttar 146461 scheme of things. Such a design is almost universally seen through history onrepparttar 146462 shoulder of almost any type of messenger, whether it be Pony Express, postmen, running messengers in many an early civilization, or bicycle messengers fromrepparttar 146463 era ofrepparttar 146464 telegraph messenger boy torepparttar 146465 present.

However, that doesnít mean messenger bags donít evolve! Messenger bag always change. Messenger bags not only for messengers, but for you too. The design and function will followrepparttar 146466 need of people, students, workers, housewives, etc.

The messenger bag of today finds its roots inrepparttar 146467 1970s bicycle messenger companies who purchased one color per company as identifiers of a sort. Untilrepparttar 146468 1980s, NYC wasrepparttar 146469 sole bastien of messenger bags but soonrepparttar 146470 silhouette spread.

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