KwaZulu-Natal North Coast Highlights

KZN North Coast
KZN North Coast

The kwaZulu-Natal North Coast

The KZN North Coast makes for the ideal road trip option for Durban travelers as it features coastal gems, history, and adventure. Here are 4 places to check out in the KZN North Coast during your next visit.


Ballito is a 50-minute drive from Durban and is famed for its string of holiday homes. It is the ideal spot for travelers who want to put their feet up and enjoy the coastal attractions. The town also caters to explorers with a range of activities for the entire family.

Where to go:

Sugar Rush Park

Sugar Rush Park in Ballito incorporates adventure, adrenaline and family fun. Among the attractions include paintball, a reptile park and petting zoo, a trampoline park and a spa for the moms. Located at Esenembe Road, Ballito.

Flag Animal Farm

Flag Animal Farm in Northern KwaZulu-Natal is known as one of the country’s best animal farms. Home to over 1000 animals, birds, reptiles, wolves and alpacas, this Ballito gem has almost 80 percent of rescued animals. There are daily shows, including reptile interactions, a milking show and wolf interaction.


KwaDukuza, also known by locals as Stanger, is a vibrant community that is famed for its historical attractions.

Where to go:

King Shaka Memorial

The King Shaka Memorial is a provincial heritage site and the resting place of King Shaka. Visitors get to view a 20-minute slideshow on the history of King Shaka and visit the memorial. Located at 96 King Shaka Street, Stanger Central, KwaDukuza.


According to the Tourism KwaZulu-Natal website, Salt Rock name originates from the days of King Shaka; when his handmaidens used to collect dried salt off the rocks at low tide.

Where to go:

The Litchi Orchard

The Litchi Orchard is a fun day trip for those who want to sink their teeth into the plump fruit. There are many attractions on the property, including The Shed, an outdoor eatery and bar with artisanal shops, live music nights and markets. Located at Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock, Umhlali.

Salt Rock Beach

Are you feeling for a beach day? If so, Salt Rock Beach should be on your itinerary. There's fun activities for the entire family, whether it's dipping your feet in the water, surfing or lazing under an umbrella reading a novel. Please note that beaches and public parks in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed on December 25th, 26th and 31st as well as January 1st, 2nd and 3rd.


Umhlali was established by English and Scottish settlers in 1850, according to Tourism KwaZulu-Natal's website. Umhlali is the Zulu name for the Monkey Orange tree which grew along the banks of the Umhlali River. The name also means 'place of waiting' because settlers and locals would have to wait on the river bank before crossing the water.

Where to go:

The Great Railroad Brewing Company

What started as a hobby is now a fully fledged craft beer microbrewery in Shaka's Head on the Dolphin Coast just outside Ballito. Ursula and her husband Gary Wilby left the corporate world to start The Great Railroad Brewing Company (now renamed Ballito Brewing Company), which they opened in August 2015. Tours and tastings are by appointment only. 

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