The Dolphin Coast is one of South Africa’s most popular and most beautiful holiday spots. Watch dolphins frolic in the shorebreak, experience the beauty of the rockpools that frame the coastline and wander inland, getting a taste for the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal, rich in history, culture and flavour.
Situated on the East Coast just a short distance to the north of Durban offers wonderful holidays and has provided fond memories for countless South African and International holidaymakers.
The beautiful region stretches from the Tongaat river south of Ballito to the Amatikulu river, with numerous resorts nestled along the coast and wide open spaces in between. It is the frequent sighting of bottlenose dolphins playing in the Indian ocean waves that has resulted in the area being called “The Dolphin Coast”.
The main coastal resort town of Ballito is only a 30 minute drive from Durban, and the area offers a relaxing “small coastal village” holiday atmosphere, with the necessary infrastructure for any business, shopping and entertainment needs.
The Dolphin Coast has a number of seaside resorts, within close driving distance. Each has a wonderful village atmosphere. Starting with Ballito in the south, you can follow the coastal road to Thompson’s Bay, Salt Rock and Sheffield Beach. Beyond this you can explore the wonders of Tinley Manor and Amatikulu.
Inland, let our WOWZULU team introduce you to the Gcwabe community, who have created a community co-operative in the Glendale Valley. Their tenacity, perseverance and business acumen have forged a new history for the community, one where youth are encouraged to be entrepreneurs and drivers of industry. This new history was forged by the matriarch of the community, Victoria Gcwabe who positioned herself and her community in such a way as to be recognised by the powers that be as a player in this traditionally corporate, white world of commercial sugar cane farming.
From here explore the birthplace of Inkosi Albert Luthuli and visit the site of his death, a place so entrenched in the birthplace of our rainbow nation. Trace the steps of this great man, followiing his story from birth, to statesman.
From beautiful beaches to wide open spaces and rolling hills, coated in sugar cane, the heart beat of the economy of the region. Come explore the magnificent coast, its rich history and this gateway to the Zulu nation.
There is no ideal time to come to Durban, it is a city full of wonder and open to exploration at any time of year. Note that the domestic holiday season gets very busy from December – January and accommodation may be hard to find. But let us custom make your trip and source out of the way, special places to stay where you can meet real people and engage with local people.
Beautiful beaches offer a respite from the summer heat, quiet glades bring comfort and shade, hilltops bring views that stretch, simmering in the heat of the summer’s day.
Kwa-Zulu Natal offers a comforting respite from the cold winter of provinces to the north and west, our coastal areas are tropical and mild. Summer rainfall may interrupt your beach plans but this would be the perfect chance to explore the museums and rich history of the area. Watch the mist rise off the valleys and roll over fields of sugar cane in winter. See the controlled burns on early morning walks as the sugar cane industry keeps the economy driving forward, watch the sun set over mountains and valleys from the comfort of your hand picked accommodation.
WHICH ACCOMMODATION BEST SUITS YOU
Accommodation offers range from 5 star hotels to boutique lodges to cosy bed and breakfasts and the ultimate in authentic experiences, the homestay.
Let us find the best welcome for you in the city we call home.
THIS MONTH’S RECOMMENDATIONS
From comfortable home stays with views that stretch into the distant horizon, offering an experience of life in South Africa like no other, to 5 star hotels with beach frontage and a chance to sip cocktails in the setting sun, the Dolphin Coast offers an endless list of accommodation types and offerings.
Explore this hidden gem of KZN by taking a walk on the beach at dawn or a wander through the sugar cane fields at dusk. Soak up the warmth of this province from its people, its food and its welcoming face.
THE INANDA MARKETPLACE
The Inanda Marketplace will welcome you with fantastic stories that take you through the rich history of this place. Regaling you with tales of fact and fiction, of history and fantasy. A reminder that this is the birthplace of our democracy, a cornerstone in our path to freedom. It is also a place of rich biodiversity, strong urban culture and wide open spaces. So many contradictions encapsulated in a vibrant and colourful space.