The coastline of KwaZulu Natal has a remarkable diversity of habitats. Long broad sandy beaches, huge undulating and shifting dunes and even forested dunes. The warm ocean has coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes and estuaries.

Long, warm sunny days a subtropical climate and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are perfect for those looking to relax on the KwaZulu Natal coastline. In mid summer heat and high humidity can create uncomfortable days. Traveling north up the coast towards the border of Mozambique, the climate becomes almost purely tropical.

The Elephant Coast

Stretching from the iMfolozi River in the south to the Mozambique border in the north. With Big Five nature reserves of international repute including the coastal iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park World Heritage site.

Annual whale migration of the Humpback and Southern Whales takes place along the Elephant Coast and Advantage Tours operate licensed boat trips to view these magnificent mammals.

The North Coast

Also known as the Dolphin Coast, the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal meanders its way from Zimbali in the south to the ever present Tugela River in the north. You can spot bottlenose dolphins year round and even swim with them if you are lucky! It is also possible to see whales seasonally as well as turtles and other marine life.

The north coast is also in close proximity to many of the famous Battlefields and Game Reserves of KwaZulu Natal.

The South Coast

During the winter months, the South Coast is visited by thousands of bottlenose dolphins, which have migrated up the coast from the Cape. This migration occurs at the same time as nature’s annual extravaganza – the sardine run which itself is a major attraction in the area.

With its enviable climate and warm surf temperatures, forests, rolling hills and all-year round sunshine, the South Coast is a prime holiday destination in KwaZulu Natal.


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