The coast is adorned with beautiful swimming beaches, pretty coastal towns, restaurants, coffee shops, interesting boutiques, craft & souvenir shops. Two nearby casinos offer very different experiences for a night on the town.
Aside from gaming, Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World has many shops and a large entertainment and restaurant section within the complex, and Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom combines African ambience and Western opulence. A live theatre, amusement arcade, restaurants and a variety of live entertainment will keep the whole family busy.
Crocodile Creek is home to 7000 monster crocodiles, alligators, cayman, slender snouted and dwarf crocs. Enjoy an exciting guided tour along bush trails, with huge pythons and deadly mambas completing the experience. View a crocodile feeding and when you’re ready for a bite yourself, try crocodile specialties at The Watering Hole. Call 032 944 3845 or 082 920 0730 or visit their site here.
The endless sugar cane farms surrounding Zimbali provide perfect undulating terrain for avid mountain bikers. Rides are only limited by your own endurance. Visit their site here or call 082 947 1465 for more information.
Balito Microlight School
For the thrill of flying, soar over the Dolphin Coast in an ultra light aircraft. Dolphins, sharks, rays and other sea creatures are often spotted as you fly low over the Indian Ocean. For bookings visit their site here or call Dave 082 659 5550.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean combined with the world renowned waves of the East Coast, are a surfer’s paradise. Secret Spot have professional surf instructors available to give surf lessons for beginners that have never surfed a wave, just looking for the adrenalin rush, and for those who are keen to better themselves in the water.
For bookings call 032 525 5480.
Wondering what to do on a rainy day? Get dirty! This outride takes you across the signature sugar cane hills of the North Coast. No experience needed.
Phone Fat Traxx on 082 477 5837 or River Quad Trails on 082 414 2448.
Deep Sea Fishing
Casea Charters is a family run deep sea fishing charter operating from Umhlanga, just 15 minutes north of Durban, South Africa. They pride themselves on their high standard of professional service and aim to offer every client a memorable and exciting fishing experience.
Visit their site here or call 082 947 1465 for more information.
The Big Rush
Those who are very brave can try the Big Rush Swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Visit their site here or call them on 031 582 8222.
Just five minutes from Zimbali you can visit the Lifestyle Centre which provides for an awesome, al fresco shopping experience.
Visit their website here or call 032 946 3923 for more information.
Ballito Junction is a convenient shopping destination that has been welcoming the local community, as well as holidaymakers since 2005. For more information view their website here or call 032 586 1130.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers an extravaganza of entertainment. The Wavehouse is one of its kind in the world with a 10ft barrelling man-made wave providing a facility for all board sports including wakeboarding, snowboarding, skateboarding, bodyboarding and surfing, for beginners and experts. Gateway also has a family entertainment centre with an amusement arcade, tenpin bowling, a newly launched indoor funfair, Mr Funtubbles and bumper cars. Hundreds of retail shops are a shopper’s delight and it also boasts the tallest indoor rock climbing wall. Visit their website here or call 0861 GATEWAY or 031 514 0500 for more information.
There is plenty of free on site, parking in 450 open and 350 covered bay parkings. Security guards patrol the centres and car parks on a 24 hour basis for your protection. All areas of the Centres are easily accessible by wheelchair.
Sharks Board Deluxe Tour
Enjoy a two-hour boat trip learning more about the only shark nets in the world, combined with Dolphin viewing, and a very educational show and shark dissection at the world renowned Sharks Board.
Contact 031 566 0400 for more info.
Traditional Zulu Village
For a fascinating journey into the past one can visit a traditional Zulu Village by calling Ubuntu Travel & Tours on
082 781 7579 or view their site here.
King Shaka’s Grave
Visit King Shaka’s grave where he was buried in 1828 after his assassination by his half brothers Dingane and Mhlangana. The King Shaka Memorial includes a monument, a podium for various events, three representative huts and King Shaka’s throne; a rock next to the memorial.
Call Ubuntu Travel & Tours on 082 781 7579 or view their site here.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dolphin viewings are a near-daily occurrence, and Humpback and Southern Right Whales can regularly be seen from shore. Their journey takes them north to breed off the coast of Mozambique during June and July. They can be seen returning in September and October to their feeding grounds in the southern ocean.
Contact them on 083 487 2762.
Set in the heart of Zululand, the game reserve offers visitors activities – from self guided walks to auto-trails, game drives and picnic sites.
Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range. Contact KZN Wildlife on 033 845 1000 or
view their website here.
Zimbali Private Beach
The Zimbali Beach is located within the Zimbali Coastal Estate. It has 3km of unspoilt beach and offers beach goers the contrasting beauty of the green forest estate with the deep blue warm Indian Ocean.
Umhlanga is one of the most popular beach resort destinations on the east coast of South Africa. The bathing is safe and the warm Indian Ocean waters wash the miles of golden beaches and laid-back fun in the sun beckons.
Willard Beach is considered Ballito’s main beach. This beach has been awarded Blue Flag status, which is only given to beaches that are clean, safe and environmentally sound.
Suncoast Beach has become one of the most sought after destinations in South Africa. Soak up the warm African sun before taking a lengthy dip in the warm Indian Ocean, where one can swim all year round.
Zinkwazi Beach lies on the subtropical Dolphin Coast just 80km north of Durban. Zinkwazi (Zulu for ‘fish eagle’) is an unspoiled holiday haven and home to a nature conservancy with a rare combination of indigenous forest, teeming with birdlife.
Other than just lazing in the sun, at uShaka Beach you can also join in windsurfing, beach volleyball, beach rugby, surfing, jet skiing, kite flying, paddle boat rides, dolphin sightings and boat charters, and national and international beach sports events. There are also daily surfing lessons available.