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.

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Bentley Estate 43
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Bentley Estate 43

Sleeps 5 Ballito Self-catering in Ballito

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Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 26 Ballito Boutique Hotel in Ballito

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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 R750
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Sand and Sea

Sleeps 4 Salt Rock Self-catering in Salt Rock

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Channel Rocks 1

Sleeps 3 Blythedale Beach Self-catering in Blythedale Beach

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Shapes of Africa

Sleeps 24 Mount Moreland Backpacker in Mount Moreland

At Shapes of Africa, stay in unique rustic Zulu rondavels constructed from natural materials sourced...

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D3 Sea Lodge

Sleeps 6 Umhlanga Self-catering in Umhlanga

D3 Sea Lodge has direct access to the main bathing beach in Umhlanga Rocks, which is the most sought...

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