History of the North Coast

The tranquil way of life in the natural luxury of the North Coast brings a form of exquisiteness and tranquility. Experience the sights and sounds of the ocean’s mammals; the dolphins and whales. Understand the legacy and heritage of Africa’s greatest warrior king as his realm expands across the horizon, overlooking the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Known as the “Ilembe” region, to honour the judicious and bold King Shaka, who established his Zulu kingdom in the 19th Century, this is where his royal servants gathered resources from the shore, while absorbing the stunning scenery of sea creatures frolicking in the waves.

With the influx of colonial explorers from Europe and India, they blended in with the existing indigenous people of the landscape, creating a rich and cultural assortment, which now presents today’s tourists with a distinctive combination of ancient customs and modern day life, in one of the most attractive surroundings.

Holiday makers are attracted to the friendly village atmosphere, making the towns along the North Coast very popular. The towns boast crystal clear paddling pools, stunning beaches, and rocky coves.

Sea life persists in captivating all audiences who venture on sea expeditions, experiencing the natural beauty and playfulness of the dolphins. Just off the coast of the warm currents of Mozambique, whales travel in the ocean, northwards to ensure the survival of their species, providing fantastic displays of their immense power and size.

The shoreline of the North Coast provides the ideal mixture for water sport fanatics, fishermen, and sunbathers on the long stretches of golden sands. Further inland, sports and adventure are synonymous with horse riding, golf, and helicopter excursions, including the sights of animal and crocodile farms nestled amongst the historical sites.

Wildlife in the North Coast
Fantastic accommodation is apparent throughout the coast and provides the perfect resting location to relax and rejuvenate. Rich with nature reserves and the abundance of game, including the Big 5, Zululand, in the north, is the safari paradise.

The numerous towns, such as Ballito and Umhlanga Rocks, feature an extensive mixture of restaurants and cafes to suit any and all occasions, where visitors can spend the afternoons and evenings, taking pleasure in magnificent spreads, experience one of the most recent movies or boogie the night away to the latest music craze. For the avid shopper, there are new and modern shopping centres and dedicated shops catering for all tastes.
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