South Africa’s travel and tourism industry is a healthy mixture of inland and seaside destinations. While the inland offers some attractive places to visit and experience, the country’s vast coastline offers local and international tourists a broad choice of destinations to choose from.
Durban (eThekwini in Zulu) is South Africa’s third-largest city and one of its leading vacation destinations, with many top attractions. It’s also a haven for surfers. Long beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, a mild subtropical climate, and excellent infrastructure lure tourists in their millions. Durban also offers unparalleled cultural tourism which attracts many to learn about the Zulu kingdom and rich Indian heritage in this city.
In Durban, you can attractions such as the Inanda Heritage Trail, Golden Mile, Umgeni River Bird Park, Sun Coast Casino and Entertainment World and Moses Mabhida Stadium. Visiting these sites will definitely leave you with memories to last you a lifetime.
All these attractions in Durban are in close proximity to luxury and affordable hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, and self-catering establishments.
KwaZulu-Natal has a number of attractive seaside locations worth knowing and visiting. These include:
Amanzimtoti is a coastal town just south of Durban. The town is well known for its warm climate and numerous beaches and is a popular tourist destination, particularly with surfers, and the annual sardine run attracts many to the beaches in Toti, as it is affectionately called by the locals.
Amanzimtoti is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including Cape clawless otters, blue duiker, and spotted ground-thrush. Vervet monkeys are common and can be seen throughout the suburban parts of the town and in the nature reserves. Fine dining restaurants, safe and secure beaches with plenty of activities, affordable accommodation as well as the warm hospitality of the locals make Amanzimtoti a tourism jewel. Most of the wildlife can be found along the Amanzimtoti River or in the coastal dune vegetation.
Ballito is about 40 kilometres north of Durban. This small serene resort town enjoys a reputation for its warm sub-tropical east coast climate. Dolphins are common on this stretch of the North Coast shoreline, hence the nickname Dolphin Coast. Ballito, the heart of the Dolphin Coast lies nestled between rippling fields of KwaZulu-Natal’s famous Green Gold and is flanked to the east by golden beaches with trending events & activities, food, businesses, shopping & services. In Ballito, you are guaranteed luxury accommodation with no reservation costs and at great rates.
Margate is a seaside resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, about 20 kilometers southwest of Port Shepstone. Margate boasts beautiful and immaculate beaches including a blue flag beach. The warm Indian Ocean flows across this coastline, providing it with an abundance of tropical fish and coral reefs. Vast shoals of game fish and large groups of sharks can be found around diving sites such as Protea Banks. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and diving are a must in Margate.
Margate has immaculate beaches with warm waters, plenty of sunshine and an endless summer vibe. If you’re an avid fisherman, surfer, or just someone that loves glorious beaches, coastal forests, magnificent coral reefs and endless sunny days, then the South coast is the place for you.
Margate is busiest during school and public holidays when inland residents travel to the coast, so make sure you make your holiday bookings well in advance. If you’re planning a vacation to Margate, we recommend booking your accommodation early.
Umhlanga which means ‘place of reeds’ in Zulu is an affluent residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Umhlanga was built around the idea of fun in the sun. Here you can explore the beautiful coastline or head to the ocean for deep-sea fishing, whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving and surfing. As the sun begins to set, take a beachfront walk on the iconic beachfront promenade. In Umhlanga, you can spend your day on one of the sun-kissed beaches and then dress up and spend the evening at one of the town’s popular eating spots. Why not end off the perfect day in Umhlanga by taking the opportunity to enjoy a night or more at a luxury hotel, guest house, B&B.
Beyond the beaches, Umhlanga is all about shopping and entertainment. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping has over 400 stores and 70 eateries. This giant mall is one of the best shopping experiences on the continent from high-end fashion to independent boutiques. You have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of beauty spas for relaxation moments as well.
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