Shakas Rock, Dolphin Coast
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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 and a wonderfully graceful stretch of sandy beach that is home to an inviting tidal pool flanked by craggy cliffs.
There are those who believe that the rock was actually used by Shaka to test the mettle of his men, by encouraging them to jump to their deaths, but the surfing fraternity definitely don’t believe that Shaka’s Rock measures up to its majestic or noble name, referring to the few reefs and beach breaks as fun, nothing more. The beach is a preferred ski-boat launch site, so come prepared to watch some impressive launchings and beaching as some of the bigger boats set out on deep sea fishing trips.
Shaka’s Rock, or Catfish Beach as the main beach here is known, is only about 40 kilometres north of Durban and right next to Ballito. From Willard beach at Ballito one can follow a rugged walking trail to Shaka’s Rock itself through a hole in the cliff - probably a good idea to attempt this at low tide.
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"We spent 2 nights at a guesthouse near Shaka's Rock and we had such great views. We also watched surfers and we enjoyed the warm waters of this area. ..." - Nix, Hout Bay
Featured Attractions in (or near) Shakas Rock
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