North Coast


The Dolphin Coast


Kwazulu Natal’s North Coast is also known as the Dolphin Coast due to the magnificent schools of bottlenose dolphins swimming in its clear and relatively shallow waters. This sun-soaked strip of coastline is a year-round summer paradise where pretty coastal towns stand side by side with luscious fields of sugarcane, facing long stretches of pristine beaches.

Picturesque coastal towns like Ballito, Umhlanga, and Umdloti are packed with holiday-makers who come to enjoy the perfect swimming and surfing conditions, as well as the busy beachfront which come alive with restaurants, pubs, and live music at night. The area is also steeped in history: King Shaka’s grave resides in the town of Stanger, while Fort Pearson hosts the remains of historical battle sites. If visitors are able to tear themselves away from the beaches, hikes through verdant forests teeming with birds are also on offer.

The North Coast encompasses an area starting at the Tongaat River and stretching all the way to the Tugela River in the north. The coast is blessed with warm weather throughout most of the year and the majority of its beaches are shark-netted and watched over by lifeguards. Accommodation options along the coast vary from guesthouses to five-star resorts. 

 
Highlights
  • Schools of bottlenose dolphins frequent its waters which have led to its nickname the Dolphin Coast
  • Features picturesque coastal towns like Ballito, Umhlanga, and Umdloti with safe waters and lively beachfront
  • Rich in historical sites such as King Shaka’s grave in the town of Stanger and Fort Pearson’s battle sites 
  • Luscious forests teeming with birds
  • Warm weather throughout most of the year and safe beaches make for a year-round summer getaway
  • A range of accommodation options dot the coast

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