The rolling, vast expanse of Northern KwaZulu-Natal stretched from the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains in the northeast to the sandy golden beaches of Maputaland in the northwest. Filled to the brim with historic battlegrounds, glorious beaches and heart-aching scenery, come explore this haven and refuge for yourself
The names Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift ring with the drama of remembered history for any historian or military fan. Visit the memorial to the famous Zulu King and General, Shaka, at Kwadukuza and learn about how he single handedly united the Zulu Kingdom, or visit Shaka’s Kraal at the historical site of his royal palace. Head out to Shaka’s rock to relax, and watch the daredevil wave riders at play- and maybe buy some of their catch. Explore the exquisite tidal pool, or head out on a ski-boat to get your adrenaline pumping again.
Head to Thukela mouth if you’re an avid fisherman, and maybe even join their annual fishing tournaments. Or simple enjoy the beautiful walks, spectacular birding, remarkable indigenous forest and perfect beaches throughout the area. Don’t forget to explore the vast range of watersports to be had in the area!
The North Coast area isn’t called the Dolphin Coast for nothing! With the warm Indian Ocean lapping at her beaches, you have a decent chance of spotting these playful sea creatures throughout the entire beach area. Windsurfers and paddle skiers will love the offerings near Tinley beach, while the placid Zinkwazi lagoon [the longest in the province] makes the perfect setting for a romantic picnic while viewing the fish eagles who call the area home.
Of course, this spectacular area is packed to the brim with some of the country’s best wildlife reserves. Meet Africa’s wildlife up close and personal, then head off to the pearl of the Dolphin Coast, Ballito, for your dose of city fun, shopping and delectable dishes. And no trip would be complete without the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. This World Heritage site provides a unique ecosystem, including the world’s largest land mammal in the elephant, the oldest land mammal [the rhino] and largest marine mammal...the unique and glorious whale, who can be spotted playing off its 220km of pristine protected coastline.
Whatever you’re style of play, the Dolphin Coast has something for everyone. Bask on her beaches, explore her rich history and unique wildlife, challenge yourself on her waters or be dazzled by her charm and beauty. Check out MTBeds.co.za today to find the perfect accommodation for your next holiday to this glorious beach local.