Holiday to Durban - bottle nose dolphins

Holiday in Durban and surrounds of Kwa-Zulu Natal. With its year-round warm weather; Durban’s beaches are always a holiday attraction.

Durban is in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa. It is a unique cultural mix of colonial European, Indian and Zulu communities. There are close to 300 days of sunshine a year, and even when the sun is not shining it is still warm enough to swim.

The North Coast of Durban is famous for the bottlenose dolphins. Between May and September; whales can also be spotted on their annual migration. There are various boat expeditions where one can go out to sea and view these amazing creatures in their natural environment. The North Coast is a perfect holiday combination of golden beaches for safe bathing, surfing, fishing or simply soaking up the sun. In addition to this; it is rich in history and culture for exploration and authentic Zulu experiences.

Durban is home to the uShaka Marine World which is the fifth largest aquarium in the world. This marine world encompasses an indoor and underground aquarium, Wet ‘n Wild World entertainment park, and lots of restaurants. The main restaurant is a recreation of a wreck of a 1940s cargo ship.

Durban is the busiest port in Africa and is the gateway to the many attractions of Kwa-Zulu Natal. These include the scenic Midlands Meander, Drakensberg, famous Battlefields, the game parks of Zululand; including Hluhluwe, and the greater St Lucia Wetland Park.

Holiday to Durban - beaches
Holiday to Durban – beaches

A holiday to Durban’s beaches

Durban has many beaches. Surfing, fishing, and sailing are very popular. With its warm temperatures, most of the year, and easy access; a holiday in Durban is well worth it.

Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks is the largest of the North Coast’s coastal resorts. Umhlanga’s main beach is one of the accredited Blue Flag beaches. The beach offers superb swimming and surfing within walking distance of the Umhlanga village center. Stunning reefs off the Umhlanga coast make for excellent diving and snorkeling. Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, dolphin, whale viewing, and other day trips are also available. The promenade stretches 2.7kms along the beachfront and is accessible from virtually every beachfront hotel. The Umhlanga Lighthouse is a well-known landmark and was built in 1954.

Holiday to Durban - Umhlanga lighthouse
Holiday to Durban – Umhlanga lighthouse


Umhloti is a seaside village that is just north of Umhlanga. Beautiful golden beaches, safe swimming, and excellent fishing, set against a backdrop of sugar cane-covered hills and lush sub-tropical countryside.


Ballito is known as the ‘Pearl’ of the Dolphin Coast and is well known for its safe beaches. Micro-lighting is also available here.


Zimbali is a few minutes south of Ballito; and is set in a pristine coastal forest; with a rugged, unspoiled coastline providing the perfect setting to get away from it all on holiday. It also boasts an 18-hole golf course, Zimbali Golf Course, and horse riding on the beach or in the forest.

Zimbali Golf Course in Durban
Zimbali Golf Course in Durban

Shaka’s Rock

Shaka’s Rock is a small residential area with holiday accommodation available. Here you will find Thompson’s Bay and Charlie’s Pool, an Olympic size tidal pool. Secluded beaches, rocky coves, and shallow paddling pools will provide endless hours of fun.

Salt Rock

Salt Rock is a little further north and its name originates from King Shaka’s days; when his handmaidens used to collect dried salt off the rocks at low tide. This beach provides good fishing spots and there are beautiful reefs offshore. Close to the main beach is a tidal pool.


Further north, lies the lagoon and beach nature conservancy of Zinkwazi. The lush paradise of indigenous forests, tropical palms, seven kilometers of a pristine lagoon; and endless beaches is indeed a nature lover’s wonderland. There is a wide variety of birdlife that is spectacular; with many rare species to be seen. Zinkwazi means the place of fish eagles in Zulu and their hunting cry is still part of the magic.

A holiday in Durban is always great.