About Lala Nek Beach

For the ultimate in a wild South African getaway, experience the raw, untouched appeal of the Elephant Coast when you stay in KwaZulu-Natal. This part of the country is characterised by semi-tropical bush, sweltering summer days, and mile upon mile of pristine beaches. Lala Nek is one of these pretty and secluded beaches, where the only regulars are the crabs, the fish, and the warm ebb and flow of the Indian Ocean.

Lala Nek is accessible to only a few vehicles, and the road to it includes about 10 kilometres of sandy tracks through the bush. But, arriving at the warm, white sands and taking in the clear azure of the waters is a breath-taking moment that is hard to beat. No permit is required to visit this beach, which is a massive advantage considering all the wonderful things there are to see and do here.

Lala Nek is a fantastic snorkelling spot, particularly at low tide, when the rocky areas are more accessible. Snorkellers can explore beneath and around the rocks to discover a host of crabs, fish, anemones, urchins, and colourful shells. Children will love dipping their heads below the water’s surface and discovering a magical world of vibrant colours and non-stop activity.

Of course, the abundance of sea life also lends itself to some excellent fishing from the surf, with a safe shore entry. But, the variety of birds overhead is impressive too, and keen birders should keep an eye out for some exciting marine and coastal bird species.

Visitors to the beach can opt to explore the dunes and coastal bush, or simply to go on a long stroll along the sand, letting the waters lap at your toes as you enjoy the utter serenity of the KZN coast.

Because Lala Nek Beach is relatively near to Kosi Bay and Jozini, it is close to a number of SCUBA diving hotspots. Lake Jozini is also home to some massive African elephants, rhinos, and buffalos. So, en route to Lala Nek Beach, you could choose to enjoy an informal safari around the lake. The Lebombo Mountains are in the vicinity of Lake Jozini (a few hours’ drive from Lala Nek Beach, though).

Durban and its international airport are about six hours’ drive from Lala Nek beach.

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WhereLala Nek Beach in Manzengwenya near Jozini and Kosi Bay, Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

How muchFree

TelephoneNot applicable

OvernightStay nearby in Kosi Bay, in KwaZulu Natal


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