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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Umhlanga Umhlanga
Town of Durban North

Holiday Umhlanga
Very nice village plenty of Restaurants some good some bad. But nice area to walk around and some nice shops.
irene hanton
Republic of Ireland

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

One of Tht Best destinations KZN has to offer
THE BEST part of the KZN North Coast!!! I have been visiting Umhlanga Rocks since i was 5 yrs old; and i still LOVE this gem of a town!!!
Nyasha Kavhumbura
Swaziland

Mtunzini Mtunzini
Town of North Coast (Dolphin)

About Mtunzini
Mtunzini has untapped potential as a destination.Beach and birding are superb, as is local accommodation.Sampled some local fare, which was tasty and spaces were enjoyable - Fat Cat and Clay Oven.We hope to be back for the Birding Weekend of the Mtunzini Conservancy in June.
irene Reid
South Africa

Shakas Rock Shakas Rock
Town of Ballito

Amazing
Love the beach, restaurants and people! Great holiday destination!
Michelle Graham
South Africa

Ballito Ballito
Town of North Coast (Dolphin)

Ballito the holiday spot
Wow, everything from beaches to malls and all extremely same. I will definitely come back for another holiday.
Danie Jacobs
Australia

Simbithi Eco Estate Simbithi Eco Estate
Suburb of Ballito

I want to own one
My kind of heaven on earth.
Danie Doubell
South Africa

Zinkwazi Beach Zinkwazi Beach
Suburb of North Coast (Dolphin)

Unspoilt
Tranquil beauty with enough amenities to not have to venture to the neighbouring cities.
Susan van der Riet
South Africa

Salt Rock Salt Rock
Town of Ballito

Love Salt Rock
lovely area, not too busy like some of the main beaches we've been on. if you're looking for nice chilled time, this is the place. Would definitely go back there but stay in good accommodation that just completes the experience.
Tebogo Chikoto
South Africa

Shakas Rock Shakas Rock
Town of Ballito

Lovely
We thought Shakas Rock to be a beautiful place and comfortable place with amenities and restaurants close at hand without it overcrowding the beach side.
Gretha Kemp
South Africa

Shakas Rock Shakas Rock
Town of Ballito

A little piece of heaven
We love how quiet Shakas Rock is - plenty to do in the area, but if you are looking for a relaxing quiet holiday - this is the place!
Jenefer Morgan
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Debra Ally
We love Umhlanga Rocks because of its close proximity to all the other points of interest in and around Durban and it is no too congested.
debra ally
South Africa

Zinkwazi Beach Zinkwazi Beach
Suburb of North Coast (Dolphin)

Zinkwazi for familie fun
Zinkwazi is the best family holiday spot on the north coast. No malls, just good quality time with the family.
Philip Spies
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Awesome
I love it!
Stella Blackburn
South Africa

Ballito Ballito
Town of North Coast (Dolphin)

Du Plessis Koppies
Ballito is die beste vakansie bestemming vir enige vakansie hetsy saam met familie of vriende. Daar is akkomodasie beskikbaar na elkeen se smaak.
Johan & Ronel du Plessis
South Africa

Princes Grant Princes Grant
Suburb of North Coast (Dolphin)

Easter holiday
Beautiful resort.
Jannie Klingbiel
South Africa

Ballito Ballito
Town of North Coast (Dolphin)

Tranquil
Enjoyed
Salomien Marsden
South Africa

Salt Rock Salt Rock
Town of Ballito

Stunning
Salt rock is a gem. Beautiful unspoilt destination
jess rahme
South Africa

Umhlanga Umhlanga
Town of Durban North

Location, location, location!
Very nice place for holiday. Close to beach and delicious food in the restaurants. Good vibes all over town.Nice B&B' s and houses for rent. What can I stay more?
Manita Van Loenhout
Netherlands

Shakas Rock Shakas Rock
Town of Ballito

Lovely place for the kids
The kids really enjoyed the tidal pools with abundance of marine life and beautiful fish and the beaches are kept super clean.
Clinton Pool
South Africa

Westbrook Beach Westbrook Beach
Town of North Coast (Dolphin)

accessible beach
Westbrook beach we found was very busy on the weekends, but close and quite on week days.Mainly surfing and the swimming was limited.The beach was clean and well maintained.
Kevin Brogden
South Africa