The Coastline stretching North from Durban towards Richard Bay hosts a series of surf beaches and beach-side neighbourhoods that work well for a couple of days at the beach after exploring further afield in KwaZulu Natal.
The climate is subtropical, hot and steamy from November to March and dry, sunny and cooler from May to August. Sea temperatures are warm year round, rarely dropping below 23 Celsius. The north part of the province’s shoreline is commonly referred to as ‘Dolphin Coast’ due to the frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins that travel the coast in large schools.
Ballito is known for its friendly atmosphere, extensive sugar cane fields, pristine beaches and crystal-clear sea waters. Sheffield Beach, on the other hand, isn’t as touristy and is more tranquil in character, though still very much worth visiting thanks to its rock pools and coral reefs. There’s also Shaka’s Rock, known for its protected tidal pool, and the relatively secluded Tinley Manor Beach. Along the stretch of coastline, activities such as hiking, fishing, snorkelling, golfing, surfing and birdwatching are all available.