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Northern KwaZulu Natal

"A tropical jungle wonderland".

The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (better known as the ‘Dolphin Coast’) refers to the region along the northern part of South Africa’s east coast. It stretches from the Thukela Estuary in the north, to Ballito in the south, although resorts further south, such as Umhlanga (just outside Durban), are often included in this region.

Some of Africa’s most famous game and wildlife reserves are located in northern KwaZulu Natal. This extensive network of nature and game reserves is home to several hundred bird species (about 60% of South Africa’s total), as well as many antelope species and, of course, the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). 

KwaZulu-Natal is dramatically beautiful and surprisingly diverse and, despite its small size, offers many of South Africa’s most popular attractions. Here, visitors can enjoy wild and pristine golden beaches, separated only by the small jungle thickets just along the coastline, from exciting wildlife adventures. Experience the colorful and vibrant Zulu culture of the locals and the lively atmosphere of the resorts along the coast, north of Durban. This region is very popular with both local and international vacationers year-round! 

KwaZulu-Natal is home to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest game park in Africa, as well as several private game reserves, at which lucky visitors can be pampered and enjoy pure luxury, coupled with unforgettable wilderness experiences!

Along the coast, nature lovers can explore the stunning scenery of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while staying in the friendly fishing town of St. Lucia, where hippos graze in residents’ gardens at night. Alternatively, dive the coral reefs of Sodwana Bay, located on the ‘Elephant Coast’, and combine your beach adventure with some game viewing at Tembe Elephant Park. 

Due to the tropical climate in the region, this destination is extremely popular all year round. Temperatures very rarely drop below 20°C here, although certain times of the year, are naturally somewhat ‘rainier’ than others.

Find out why this province has been named ‘the playground of South Africans’ and book your wild tropical adventure today! 

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Why we like it

  • Tropical climate and the warm Indian Ocean
  • Big 5 game reserves paired with beach adventures
  • Rich in colourful local culture
  • Pristine, endless, golden sand beaches

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