Durban and The North Coast

Cosmopolitan Durban was until very recently South Africa’s biggest city (that honor belongs to Johannesburg now) so there is no shortage of things to do and see in the city of sunshine. Blessed with sunny weather for most of the year, Africa’s largest port city boasts both miles of golden beaches and a vibrant city life with trendy bars and restaurants – making it the perfect family vacation destination.

Home to the largest Indian population outside of India, Durban is an exciting mixing pot of cultures and food. The beachfront is lined with traditional Zulu wares and rickshaws, while a tantalizing curry or bunny chow is never too far away. For the professional traveller, Durban’s world-class conference center regularly hosts major international events while several shopping malls, and some of the best golf courses in South Africa, will keep you more than happy when business is done.

Durban North, Umhlanga and Ballito are all great family areas just outside Durban itself. These idyllic suburbs have some great guesthouses and hotels and a real holiday spirit about them, with brilliant untouched beaches and lots of little family-owned eateries and pubs. They are very popular with South Africans during the end of the year holidays and buzz with Christmas spirit.

Further North up the coast are ecological gems like the World Heritage Site St Lucia Wetland Park, the KwaZulu Safari area with Phinda and Hlhuwe-Imfolozi game reserves and the Drakensberg Mountain range. These areas are home to great wildlife sanctuaries and activities include rafting, scuba diving, game watching, hiking, abseiling and more. With 20 different ecosystems and three lakes, the fish and birdlife are second to none.

Sodwana Bay has been rated amongst the Top 10 scuba diving sites in the world and the town boats the unique privilege of being simultaneously a beach, forest and wetland town. Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a marine sanctuary with pristine beaches completely untouched and unaltered – just as nature intended them.

With easy access to Mozambique, plus the opportunity to mix a family beach vacation with a safari and wilderness one, Durban should definitely be included in your South African itinerary. Speak to us about planning the perfect holiday to the beautiful Zulu Kingdom!

 

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The Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box Hotel

World-renowned for its contemporary beauty, lush setting, sublime cuisine and seaside location, The Oyster Box has enjoyed it’s reign as one of the most spectacular 5 star hotels in South Africa since 1947. Touches of grace and elegance flow seamlessly throughout, in keeping with its colonial feel, old world architecture and iconic status. The Oyster Box has lost none of its charm during its modernisation, emerging as a vibrant and modern landmark that oozes sophistication, without the stuffiness. Guests are treated to warm hospitality and attention to detail in every aspect of their stay.

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Rocktail Beach Camp

Rocktail Beach Camp

In its natural coastal marine forest setting along 200km of unspoilt private beach, Wilderness Safaris’s Rocktail Beach Camp is the ultimate diver’s paradise. The Maputuland Marine Reserve offers diving comparable to the Great Barrier Reef, the chance to explore pristine coral reefs as well as daily diving expeditions with whale sharks, dolphins, sharks and giant manta rays. The 17 en-suite rooms have their own viewing decks, cleverly designed with tented walls, providing breathtaking views and a feeling of being immersed in nature. The beach camp is a natural playground for children, who spend their days safely frolicking on the beach, snorkelling and swimming alongside their parents.

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Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

Described by one visitor as ‘Paradise Found’, Thonga Beach Lodge is the perfect meeting of nature, wilderness, serenity and rustic five star treatment. With a setting amongst a verdant coastal forest, just a short walk from 200km of pristine unspoilt coastline, Thonga Beach Lodge has attained the status of being one of the best dive sites in South Africa. A coral reef comparable to The Great Barrier Reef attracts visitors from all around the globe, for world-class diving in the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The lodge is situated within the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal – a World Heritage Site.

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Canelands Beach Club & Spa

Canelands Beach Club and Spa

Salt Rock, on KwaZulu Natal’s North (Dolphin) Coast is known for its year-round welcoming weather and irresistibly warm Indian Ocean. Sleek, chic and spacious, the luxurious Canelands Beach Club & Spa is located literally a few paces from Tiffany’s Beach, so guests can fall asleep to the sound of waves kissing the shoreline. Through large-paned windows, four of the ten elegant en-suite bedrooms have uninterrupted views of the sea and of the beach below, the other six rooms overlook lush gardens. Running along the front if the club is an impressive 25m swimming pool, with a wooden deck and sun-loungers.

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The Boathouse Luxury Guesthouse

The Boathouse Luxury Guesthouse

The Boathouse Hotel in KwaZulu-Natal is a delightful gem situated in the coastal village of Ballito. Renowned for the bottlenose dolphins that feed along the shore, Ballito is the very heart of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast. The Boathouse is right on the seafront, treating guests to an unparalleled view of this stunning golden coast. Billing itself as a luxury retreat, The Boathouse is a charming four-star hotel ideal for a quiet weekend getaway or hosting a special event. The hosts pride themselves on offering a personal and friendly service to ensure their guests’ needs are met to the highest of expectations.

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Protea Hotel Umhlanga

Protea Hotel Umhlanga

Umhlanga Rocks is one of the most beautiful spots along the stunning coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Stretches of pristine beaches and lush countryside provide the perfect backdrop for holidaymakers and the Protea Hotel Umhlanga is perfectly situated just a stone’s throw from the protected, idyllic beach of Umhlanga Rocks, establishing itself as the ideal location from which to enjoy this beautiful area. Just ten minutes drive away from the heart of Durban, the hotel offers the perfect haven for those wanting a beach holiday, or for people travelling for business who want a little time out.

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Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Zimbali Resort

Zimbali resort is a sprawling estate set in a lush coastal paradise, on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Dolphin Coast. With 154 luxuriously appointed rooms, various eco parks, endless beautiful scenery and exquisite architecture, Zimbali is one of the most stunning resorts in South Africa. Views sweep across coastal vegetation, offering endless blue skies and cerulean blue ocean scenery. 50-hectares of conservation area with spring water lakes lie within the 700-hectare resort location, attracting 85 bird species, buck, bush baby and vervet monkey, amongst other wild animals. The only difficult part of your stay will be prying yourself away from the resort.

 
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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali resort is a sprawling estate set in a lush coastal paradise, on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Dolphin Coast. With 154 luxuriously appointed rooms, various eco parks, endless beautiful scenery and exquisite architecture, Zimbali is one of the most stunning resorts in South Africa. Views sweep across coastal vegetation, offering endless blue skies and cerulean blue ocean scenery. 50-hectares of conservation area with spring water lakes lie within the 700-hectare resort location, attracting 85 bird species, buck, bush baby and vervet monkey, amongst other wild animals. The only difficult part of your stay will be prying yourself away from the resort.

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