The North Coast of KwaZulu Natal is a beautiful stretch of land running along the warm Indian Ocean, from north of Durban all the way up to Richard’s Bay. Scenic beauty abounds, and nature lovers especially those who enjoy time at the seaside will enjoy visiting and exploring this semi-tropical paradise.

North Coast Highlights

  • Ballito – Popular holiday destination with Willard and Boulder beaches respectively superb for swimming and surfing.
  • Empangeni – Visit the Empangeni Arts and Crafts Centre for products created by local communities – or mosey into the past through the time-portal of the Empangeni Art and Cultural Museum on Turnbull Street, where the Harrison collection documents the lives of the first sugar farmers; the museum also houses a fine display of traditional Zulu art.
  • Mtubatuba– The gateway to the iSimangaliso wetlands and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Mtubatuba is a busy town with many vendors and hawkers, and is set amongst forest plantations and is about 27km from the town of St Lucia.
  • Richard’s Bay – One of South Africa’s largest harbours, today the city is a well-developed industrial hub with a year round temperate climate and excellent infrastructure for the business tourist.
  • Salt Rock – Lovely swimming beaches, dolphin spotting and seasonal whale watching of humpback whales.
  • Shaka’s Rock – A residential coastal village with a sandy, family friendly beach and tidal pool.
  • Sheffield Beach – A dramatic setting, with high cliffs and a popular beach with a sea pool. Don a mask and snorkel at high tide and lazily drift through rock pools, enjoying the visual array of anenomies, crabs and small fish.
  • Umdloti – A popular holiday destination bounded by the Umdloti River and lagoon to the north and a forest reserve to the south, Umdloti is a popular with experienced surfers. Great shark-netted swimming beaches and many golf courses in the nearby region.
  • Umhlanga – With its picture-postcard red and white lighthouse, Umhlanga is one of South Africa’s most popular seaside resorts. Dramatic high-rise luxury apartments have changed the face of this fabulously laid-back, charming holiday town.
  • Zimbali – Walk through indigenous sub-tropical forests enjoying the spectacular birdlife, or horse ride along golden beaches lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. The renowned 18-hole golf course at the Zimbali Country Club is a must for enthusiasts.