THE DOLPHIN COAST REGION, KWAZULU-NATAL
KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast has become known as the Dolphin Coast, due to frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins who ride the waves of the Indian Ocean in large frolicking schools.It is an enviable strip of coastline that stretches from the Tongaat River at Zimbali to Zinkwazi Beach and the Tugela River mouth in the north, including the inland areas of Umhlali and Shakaskraal.
The Dolphin Coast is a beautiful playground of warm waters, incredible waves, and glorious beaches set alongside fields of sugarcane in a part of the world endowed with humid and warm weather almost throughout the year. Pretty coastal holiday towns like Ballito, Salt Rock, Umdloti and Zinkwazi bask in effortless sunshine-filled days with perfect swimming and surfing conditions, and a collection of tidal pools and excellent fishing spots.
Did you know? The tidal pool at Salt Rock, just north of the beach and directly opposite the campsite, is a delight and perfect for first-time snorkelers and children. It is very safe, calm and easy to access.
The north coast of the KwaZulu Natal Province is not short of other little towns worth visiting either – perhaps not as well-known as the Ballitos of this world, Princes Grant, Tinley Manor and Umhlali are nonetheless quaint and pretty, with beaches to match.