North Coast (Dolphin) Travel Guide

Description

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 R980
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 R2,800
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...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

'a Viletta Guest House

Sleeps 12 Umhlanga Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Ridge

Enjoy the perfect holiday in the peace and tranquility of a'Viletta in Umhlanga Rocks on the KwaZulu...

from R3,100
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 R650
1 night, 2 adults

Seaside Cottage

Sleeps 14 La Lucia Self-catering in La Lucia

Perfectly situated along the lower La Lucia Beaches in Umhlanga Rocks just north of Durban, we offer...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Flamenco 5

Sleeps 5 Shakas Rock Self-catering in Shakas Rock

Villa Flamenco 5 is a two-bedroom self-catering holiday flat situated in Shaka’s Rock in KwaZulu-Nat...

BellaVida Ocean Cottage
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from R1,250
1 night, 2 adults

BellaVida Ocean Cottage

Sleeps 6 Zinkwazi Beach Self-catering in Zinkwazi Beach

BellaVida Ocean Cottage is a charming holiday home that is all about the views, situated in Zinkwazi...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Bonjour B&B

Sleeps 4 La Lucia Bed and Breakfast in La Lucia

This friendly and efficient family-run bed and breakfast offers a great location, clean and comforta...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Zuider Zee Guest House

Sleeps 14 Salt Rock Guest House in Salt Rock

Salt Rock is 5 km north of Ballito, with good shopping, recreational and restaurant facilities, 45 k...

from R1,000
1 night, 2 adults

Kenwyn Two Ten

Sleeps 4 Ballito Self-catering in Ballito

Kenwyn Two Ten is a ground-floor self-catering holiday apartment, located in a secure complex right ...

Emperor Angelfish