North Coast (Dolphin) Travel Guide


Fringed by green and tangled vegetation, the golden beaches of the North Coast are a sub-tropical paradise, interspersed with rows of smart and snazzy hotels and resorts. This a great family beach holiday destination - but it has a few special little treats up its sleeve. Pods of up to a couple of hundred bottlenose dolphins frolic in the back line, the surf is fantastic and the diving is great but there aren't nearly as many operators as there are on the South Coast, or at Sodwana, further north.
And - if you're planning on spending any time at all in the sea, you should take the opportunity to visit the KZN Sharks Board. You'll get to watch a great multi-media presentation about sharks and, if you have a strong stomach, watch a shark dissection, which is part of their ongoing research. You'll learn that sharks are not just mindless predators. There's also a great shark-themed gift shop.

The North Coast is at the southern end of Zululand and the Battlefields, and there are some interesting historical places to visit, including Stanger, or KwaDukuza, where Shaka, the first Zulu chieftain, is buried, and the ultimatum tree at Tugela Mouth, where the Zulu wars started in a rather sneaky bit of sophistry by the British colonials.
There are lovely day walks along the coast, but it's probably not a good idea to do them alone - make it a social event and go in a big group. The birding is fabulous and there is a small game reserve.
But probably the most popular activity is ... golf. Yup - it's a golfer's paradise with bright green golf resorts scattered all over.

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Accommodation near North Coast (Dolphin)

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Bentley Estate 43
from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Bentley Estate 43

Sleeps 5 Ballito Self-catering in Ballito

Just a a short 600m walk from the beach, the Bentley Estate 43 is the ideal destination for your hol...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Sand and Sea

Sleeps 4 Salt Rock Self-catering in Salt Rock

Sand and Sea is a newly built, tastefully furnished, self-catering holiday apartment which accommoda...

from R1400
1 night, 2 adults

Le Paradis 18

Sleeps 6 Ballito Self-catering in Ballito

This spacious and neat three-bedroom apartment is situated on the first floor in a very popular comp...

Lagoon Cottage
from R570
1 night, 2 adults

Lagoon Cottage

Sleeps 4 Umhlali Beach Self-catering in Umhlali Beach

This is a lovely self-catering cottage set in a quiet environment, located in Dolphin Coast. It is ...

from R2950
1 night, 2 adults

Sabuti 95 Simbiti Eco Estate

Sleeps 8 Shakas Rock Self-catering in Shakas Rock

Sabuti 95 Simbiti Eco Estate offers a luxury seaside holiday in Ballito, just a short distance away ...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 26 Ballito Boutique Hotel in Ballito

This private boutique hotel which is situated in a hub of the town’s most happening hot spots allows...

from R1950
1 night, 2 adults

Sabuti I194 Simbiti Eco Estate Shakas Rock

Sleeps 6 Shakas Rock Self-catering in Shakas Rock

Sabuti 1194 Simbiti Eco Estate Shakas Rock offers a relaxing seaside holiday in Ballito, just a shor...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults

Coastal Calzé

Sleeps 7 Westbrook Beach Self-catering in Westbrook Beach

Situated between Umhlanga and Ballito on the Dolphin Coast, this lovely holiday home is fully equipp...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults

La Loggia Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 28 Herrwood Park Self-catering in Herrwood Park

Welcome to La Loggia Bed and Breakfast, where we offer the warm atmosphere of home with the style, c...

from R2800
1 night, 2 adults

371 Blink Bonnie

Sleeps 10 Princes Grant Self-catering in Princes Grant

371 Blink Bonnie is a spacious and extremely private self-catering house, located on the 3rd hole of...

Emperor Angelfish