KwaZulu Natal Beaches

KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline fantastic weather all year round - even in winter

KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe KwaZulu Natal Beaches

KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline. What makes this fantastic coastline even better is that KwaZulu Natal also has fantastic weather all year round - even in winter. The water is warm and contains an abundance of magnificent tropical fish and coral reefs.

Where? 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa

When? Best during daylight hours, all year

Overnight? See Durban accommodation, in KwaZulu Natal

The beaches in KwaZulu Natal offer something for everyone - from safe beaches for family outings to the wild beaches that are a surfer’s paradise. The waves in KwaZulu Natal are fantastic wherever you go.

Margate Beach is long stretch of beach on the South Coast and is ideal for swimming, bodyboarding and surfing. There is also a famous fishing spot off a pier. Margate is a vibrant holiday town with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops. After enjoying a refreshing swim, stop over at one of the many café’s and sip on a cool cocktail whilst admiring the magnificent view.

Ramsgate Beach is situated along a quaint village known as Ramsgate just south of Margate. It is a quiet beach with great picnic facilities. If you feel like a contemplative stroll, there’s a beautifully scenic walking trail that extends southwards from Ramsgate towards the picturesque Southbroom beach and lagoon.

Marina Beach is a long pristine beach and tidal pool between Southbroom and San Lameer. It is also close to the awesome Mpenjati river mouth and lagoon. Willard Beach is the main swimming beach in Ballito, 'Pearl' of the Dolphin Coast where you can enjoy a scenic walk on the boardwalk and take pleasure in the spectacular views of bays and coves. South Beach is part of Durban's world famous 'Golden Mile' and is ideal for swimming, especially for children as it is protected from the powerful westerly winds and large waves.

The Elephant coast boasts pristine beautiful beaches namely Black Rock just South of Kosi Bay, Cape Vidal (a noted fishing venue), First Rocks, Hulley Point, Jesser Point, Kosi Bay Estuary, Leven Point, Liefeldt's Rock, Mission Rocks, Rocktail Bay, Sodwana Bay, St. Lucia and St.Lucia Estuary. St Lucia Wetlands Park is a World heritage Site and boasts long stretches of white sandy beaches. Visitors can explore the many rock pools along the beach, and watch for humpback whales in October.

Zululand has many gorgeous beaches perfect for all water sports namely Alkantrand, Durnford Point, Five Mile Beach, Mbonambi Beach, Mtunzini Beach, Newark and Two Mile Beach.

South Africa’s Dolphin Coast shoreline is an attractive combination of golden beaches and rock pools perfect for safe swimming, surfing, scuba diving, rock and skiboat fishing, or just relaxing on the beach. There are numerous gorgeous beaches namely Ballito Beach, Zinkwazi Beach, Umhlali Beach, Tinley Manor Beach, Thompson’s Bay Beach, Sheffield Beach, Shaka’s Rock Beach, Salt Rock, Blythedale Beach and Clark Bay.

The popular South Coast has an abundance of magnificent beaches namely Southport (Anerley), Banana Beach, Bazley Beach, Beach Terminus, Big Tree Beach, Clansthal, Glenmore Beach, Margate Beach and Marina Beach to mention a few. Clearly, KwaZulu Natal is a mecca for all beach lovers. Warm waters, white sands, fantastic waves and plenty of warm sun makes KwaZulu Natal a popular South African beach destination.

Popular KwaZulu Natal Beaches by Region

Dolphin Coast Beaches

Where? Dolphin Coast
The Dolphin Coast offers visitors a combination of modern facilities at it's sun drenched seaside resorts in a lush, subtropical environment. The Dolphin Coast shoreline is an exciting blend of golden beaches and rock pools for safe bathing...

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Umhlanga Beaches

Where? Umhlanga
The Umhlanga Coast is characterised by long stretches of sandy beaches that promise stunning backdrops against which to swim, surf or sunbathe. The Indian Ocean has particularly warm waters, averaging 24 to 26 degrees during the summer...

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South Coast Beaches

Where? South Coast
High levels of cleanliness, the quality of facilities (toilets and showers) and professional lifeguard services are key criterion of Blue Flag beaches. The Blue Flag assures the visitor, that the beaches are clean and environmentally...

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The beaches in KwaZulu Natal offer something for everyone - from safe beaches for family outings to the wild beaches that are a surfer’s paradise. The waves in KwaZulu Natal are fantastic wherever you go.

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