KwaZulu Natal's Northern Coast, generally referred to as The Dolphin Coast, extends from Zimbali, an eco and golf estate to the grand Tugela River.
Its welcoming oceans are home to the common bottlenose dolphin which is often observed frolicking in the surf close offshore throughout the year, while the tropical, rich coastline features several quiet bays, golden beaches and attractive residences.
Areas of natural coastal forest give way to endless rolling slopes covered with fields of sugar cane, that stretch out into the interior. A distinctive mixture of luxury resorts and reasonably priced holiday accommodation complement dramatic beaches and culturally diverse interesting attractions making the place a gleaming jewel.
The North Coast offers truly living Zulu Culture, bursting colour, song and dance. On 24th September each year, this location comes alive to celebrate Heritage Day in a special way. This day reminds the Zulu nation of their unique culture and the significance of leadership. The participants are usually seen clad in their customary attire exhibiting their roots.
The North Shoreline also boasts a wealthy cultural mixture of Eastern, African and European influences where curry seafood dens stand next to customary Zulu dancing and colonial-style hospitality as the primary sight-seeing opportunities. Situated slightly away from the coast is KwaDukuza, burial site of the remarkable King Shaka Zulu, and Groutville, home of Albert Luthuli, Africa's very first Nobel Peace laureate, with monuments and a remarkable museum keeping testimony to his role in South Africa's past.
A sizeable Indian community finds their home in this region, allowing for visitors to enjoy their intriguing temples and sample their culinary pleasures, including pineapple-on-a-stick, covered in tangy spices. River quad biking trails, horseback riding, a sugar cane farm museum, children's Animal farm and crocodile farms all vie for space on the leisure calender.
Coastal microlight excursions, excellent fishing and the possibility to swim with the dolphins add to the wide array of memorable holiday activities offered. Close proximity to Durban and the Big Five game reserves of KwaZulu Natal make this holiday destination a fantastic choice for a vacation central to infectious vibe or rugged adventure - just take your pick.
Written and contributed by Ratherton