Due to the common sightings of schools of frolicking bottlenose dolphins who ride the waves of the Indian Ocean in large schools, the KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast has become aptly known as the Dolphin Coast. It is an enviable strip of coastline that stretches from the Tongaat River at Zimbali to Zinkwazi Beach at the Tugela River mouth in the north, and includes the inland areas of Umhlali and Shakaskraal. 

The Dolphin Coast is a beautiful playground of warm waters, pretty coastal holiday villages including the likes of , Salt Rock, Sheffield Beach, Umdloti and Zinkwazi Beach, magnificent beaches with ideal swimming and surfing conditions, incredible waves, tidal pools, great fishing spots, fields of sugarcane and humid and warm weather almost throughout the year – a recipe for success that thousands of South Africans and international visitors follow each year.

Other little towns, perhaps not as well known but certainly worth visiting such as Prince's Grant, Tinley Manor and Umhlali are nonetheless quaint and pretty, with beaches to match.

Attractions are plentiful on the north coast and one can visit Shaka’s grave at Kwa-Dukuza, take a ‘muti’ trail through the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve then have a picnic or visit the historic battle sites of Ultimatum Tree or Fort Pearson

The Dolphin Coast is 59 kilometers (37 miles) long.

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