Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu Natal
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KwaZulu Natal’s north coast has become known as the Dolphin Coast, due to frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins who ride the waves of the Indian Ocean in large frolicking schools.
It is an enviable strip of coastline that stretches from the Tongaat River at Zimbali to Zinkwazi Beach and the Tugela River mouth in the north, including the inland areas of Umhlali and Shakaskraal. The Dolphin Coast is a beautiful playground of warm waters, incredible waves, and glorious beaches set alongside fields of sugarcane in a part of the world endowed with humid and warm weather almost throughout the year. Pretty coastal holiday towns like Ballito, Salt Rock, Umdloti and Zinkwazi bask in effortless sunshine-filled days with perfect swimming and surfing conditions, and a collection of tidal pools and excellent fishing spots.
The north coast of KwaZulu Natal is not short of other little towns worth visiting either – perhaps not as well known as the Ballitos of this world, Princes Grant, Tinley Manor and Umhlali are nonetheless quaint and pretty, with beaches to match. Attractions abound on the north coast and one can visit Shaka’s grave at Kwa-Dukuza, take a ‘muti’ trail through the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve, which includes picnic sites, or visit the historic battle sites of Ultimatum Tree or Fort Pearson. Golf courses at Umhlali Country club and Princes Grant golf estate add further appeal, whilst simply the welcome idleness and access to lazy beach-filled days is why the Dolphin Coast is one of the province’s main attractions.
Destinations / Towns & Suburbs of Dolphin Coast
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Blythedale Beach
Just north of Tinley Manor, some 72 kilometres outside of Durban, Blythedale Beach is one of those unspoilt havens of white sand and beautiful, warm sea that resides amongst the subtropical vegetation so prominent in ... Blythedale Beach information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in La Mercy
La Mercy, a secluded little village on the southern edge of the Dolphin Coast, is set just south of Ballito and roughly 25 kilometres north of Durban. It is a coastal conservancy that, together with Umdloti, is also one of the ... La Mercy information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Princes Grant
Prince’s Grant lies on the scenic Dolphin coast about 75 kilometres north of Durban close to Blythedale Beach. Before the arrival of the much touted Prince’s Grant golf estate, the little enclave of Prince’s Grant ... Princes Grant information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Shakas Rock
Named after a rocky outcrop of the north coast believed to have been used by Shaka, the great Zulu chief, as a lookout, Shaka’s or Chaka’s Rock - depending to whom you are speaking - is today a small residential village ... Shakas Rock information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Sheffield Beach
Just north of Salt Rock and virtually ten minutes from Ballito, is the beautiful beach of Sheffield with its sheltered coves and wonderful rock pools that invite little people to spend hours collecting shells and ... Sheffield Beach information
Where to Stay: Dolphin Coast Accommodation
Drive up the north coast from Durban to Blythdale Beach, park at the ski-boat launch and you can stroll from there, a little further south to find the Umvoti River Mouth. It is a protected estuary about which people ... Umvoti River Mouth information
Where to Stay: Dolphin Coast Accommodation
Pretty Westbrook Beach, lying between La Mercy and Ballito on the north coast roughly a half hour's drive from Umhlanga, is a pretty beachside resort with a wonderful swimming beach and sands that stretch for miles ... Westbrook Beach information
Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Dolphin Coast
Ballito Lifestyle Centre, with its innovative layout and design, opened up a whole new retail experience to residents and visitors when it opened its doors in September 2003. We are proud to boast major retailers amongst our tenant mix including an award winning Superstar, Woolworths, Truworths ... more information
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, surfing and scuba diving, rock and skiboat fishing, or just relaxing on the ... more information
The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is situated north of Ballito on the banks of the Tugela River and north of Zinkwazi. Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, both of which are national monuments, lie within the reserve. The Fort was built in 1878 on a bluff overlooking the Pont-crossing on the Tugela River. Both of ... more information
Neighbouring on Ballito Bay, only 15 minutes North of Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlali, just 20 minutes drive north of Durban is a scenic undulating course in a tropical garden setting. Although not a very long course, the holes at Umhlali Golf Course are cleverly designed and varied, providing a fair golfing test ... more information
Zimbali is well known for its stunning 18-hole golf course. It offers a challenging round of golf of world-class standards and stunning views. The Zimbali Golf Coastal Resort Course varies. Starting off with a coastal links feel, the course takes a dramatic turn through rough rolling wetlands and ends up in the Zimbali ... more information
The Sharks Board gives the opportunity to watch a spectacular 30 minute audio-visual presentation which captures the drama of the ocean as they carry out their daily servicing of shark nets, or watch a shark dissection. You can also visit the display hall and view a variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays. more information
Featured Things To Do in Dolphin Coast