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North Coast Highlights

The North Coast stretches from Zimbali to the Thukela River and the area is renowned for bottlenose dolphins which are visible in the waters close to shore all year round, hence the name Dolphin Coast. Visitors can choose from luxurious resorts to cosy guest houses, remarkable natural beauty, sport and history.

The area is renowned for fine dining, evening entertainment, excellent golf courses or just a stroll along the North Coast enjoying the scenic beauty of the region. The North Coast is also home to a large Indian community and visitors can enjoy delicious spicy dishes and curries or shop for fresh produce at any of the numerous markets.

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  • Known as the Dolphin Coast and runs the Indian Ocean Coastline from Durban to Richard's Bay.
  • Visit the Empangeni Arts and Crafts Centre for products created by local communities.
  • Umhlanga is one of South Africa’s most popular seaside resorts with its picture-postcard red and white lighthouse.
  • Walk through indigenous sub-tropical forests enjoying the spectacular birdlife at Zimbali, or horse ride along golden beaches lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean.

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Safari Lodges within North Coast

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge offers peace and tranquility away from the hectic city life on the beautiful North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The lodge has earned a reputation for being one of South Africa's most exclusive hideaways in nature's perfect setting.

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Byways Beach Retreat

Byways Beach Retreat is a cosy beach house offering a bed and breakfast option for guests looking for a more affordable holiday experience situated along the beautiful North Coast overlooking the Indian Ocean in KwaZulu Natal.

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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge boasts a 3km stretch of unspoiled beachfront and has several natural spring lakes, which create a beautiful habitat to the 85 species of bird, hosts of butterflies and the wide variety of indigenous plant life.

Byways Beach Retreat is conveniently located for a varied holiday experience, is it is situated en route to Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserves and the St Lucia wetlands, and is only 8 minutes from Ballito and 30 minutes drive north of Durban.

How to Get there

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports to Durban International Airport and Pietermaritzburg Airport. Once guests arrive at the various airports, self-drive guests will collect their rental car, maps and directions, booked by Sun Safaris and depart on their safari or holiday. Private air transfers can also be arranged from Durban airport to a safari lodge of your choice. Guests can self-drive from anywhere in South Africa to the North Coast in KwaZulu Natal and Sun Safaris can arrange a rental for the trip. The drive time will obviously depend on your route.

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North Coast Activities and Attractions

The North Coast's most popular attraction is its Dolphin sightings, beautiful beaches and exploring the small coastal towns. The area offers a large variety of outdoor activities; including, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, Micro-Light flights, quad bike rides, the King Shaka Heritage Route, Ballito Art Gallery, fine dining at various restaurants, the Fever Tree Market in Ballito and hiking in various reserves. The North Coast also offers a variety of spa treatments and shopping facilities.

Seasons and Climate

The North Coast in KwaZulu Natal offers a warm, sub-tropical climate, with temperatures regulated by the expanse of the Indian Ocean. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching up to 28 degrees celsius. The majority of the annual rainfall is experienced during the summer months, while winters are warm, dry and clear with temperatures ranging between 19 and 23 degrees celsius.

Winter sunshine averages approximately 7 hours per day, some of the highest in the country. The climate in KwaZulu Natal is ideal and offers the perfect tourist destination year round. Sea temperatures are also fairly stable, averaging 21 degrees all year.

Winters are very mild from min 10°C and averaging at 22°C. Early mornings and evenings are chilly in

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