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 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 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 R650
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...

Lagoon Cottage
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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 R700
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...

BellaVida Ocean Cottage
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from R1250
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 R1700
1 night, 2 adults

Rain Farm Game and Lodge

Sleeps 34 KwaDukuza-Stanger Lodge in KwaDukuza-Stanger

Tucked away between rolling hills and sugar cane fields, just 15 minutes inland from Ballito, lies a...

from R1950
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 R2200
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....

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