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.

from R750
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...

Bentley Estate 43
from R1350
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 R3990
1 night, 2 adults

Cecelia's Holiday Manor

Sleeps 6 Zinkwazi Beach Self-catering in Zinkwazi Beach

Cecelia's Holiday Manor is a warm and inviting three-bedroom property situated in Zinkwazi Beach, on...

from R1100
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...

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 R1800
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 6 Ballito Self-catering in Ballito

A-Ballito-Home is a beautiful self-catering apartment situated in a secure complex, in Dolphin Coast...

from R1190
1 night, 2 adults

Kingston House

Sleeps 14 Herrwood Park Bed and Breakfast in Herrwood Park

Kingston House has the pleasure of offering you luxurious en-suite accommodation in our large well-a...

from R2400
1 night, 2 adults

4 Marichel

Sleeps 8 Shakas Rock Self-catering in Shakas Rock

4 Marichel is a luxury apartment overlooking Thompson’s Bay in Ballito, only 20 km from the airport....

from R495
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Jaimé

Sleeps 10 Ballito Self-catering in Ballito

Ballito's best kept secret, Villa Jaimé, a three star graded Villa where dreams become memories that...

Emperor Angelfish