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Mountains and Hills of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

29.7S 30.7E

December 15th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

South Africa - November 30th, 2009

South Africa - November 30th, 2009

This orthorectified image shows the three different geographic areas of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast is extremely narrow in the south, widening in the northern part of the province. The central region is the Natal Midlands and is an undulating hilly plateau rising towards the west. There are also two mountainous areas, the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north.

The Drakensberg is a solid wall of basalt rising over 3,000 m (9,800 ft) skyward near the Lesotho border, whilst the Lebombo Mountains are ancient granite mountains forming low parallel ranges running southward from Swaziland. The Tugela River flows west to east across the center of the province and is the region’s largest river.

Visible near the right edge is the reservoir created by the Inanda Dam on the Umgeni River, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills below Hillcrest. The Umgeni River, occasionally called the Mgeni River, rises in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands and meets the sea at Durban. The river is approximately 232 km long with a catchment area of 4,432 km².

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