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GOLF

 

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HIKING/WALKS

 

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REPTILE PARK

 

SCUBA DIVING

 

SHARK BOARD

 

SKI BOATING

 

SNAKE PARK

 

ST LUCIA ESTUARY

 

WALKING TRAILS

 

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Zulu’s are great crafter's and famous for colourful beadwork, clay pots, baskets and mats. Within the St Lucia area there are a market and curio shops that sell a great variety of curios, including baskets, mats, carvings, walking sticks, beadwork, clay pots and locally produced fruit and vegetables

 

BEACHES

KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast - also known as the Dolphin Coast due its large population of bottlenose dolphins - stretches for 100 kms north of Durban to the mouth of the Tugela River. This area of coastline is renowned for its balmy year-round climate, spectacular surf, and glorious beaches. While home to many high class resorts and residential areas, the North Coast has a wilder feel to the coastline south of Durban, especially in the far north. The North Coast is also known for its tidal pools which provide safe, enclosed areas for children to snorkel. Examples include Salt Rock, Charles Pool at Thompson’s Bay north of Ballito, and two well-maintained pools at the southern end of Ballito itself.

 

Beaches in North Coast (Dolphin)

Salt Rock Beach - Salt Rock Beach has great surf, beautiful off-shore reefs for diving

Shaka's Rock - A popular beach for ski-boat launches, Shaka's Rock also has a reputation as great swimming

Sheffield Beach - Sheffield Beach is a rather small beach if you were to compare it to others in the area.

Mtunzini Beach is a unique destination for nature lovers. This hidden gem is perfect for anyone

Willard Beach - is the main attraction for visitors to Ballito.

Thompson Bay Beach in Ballito - Located between Ballito and Chakas Rock along Ocean Drive, Thompson Bay Beach is a sheltered cove

Zinkwazi Beach - With the warm Indian Ocean waves crashing upon these beautiful golden sands

Blythedale Beach - is a massive stretch of beautiful sand, perfect for long walks

Tinley Manor Beach - is a lovely swimming beach, complemented with rock pools on one side and a tidal

Clarke Bay Beach - in Ballito Walk 15 minutes south of Willards Beach and you will reach the beach and rock pools of Clarke Bay

Salmon Bay Beach -in Ballito South of Ballito you'll find Salmon Bay; a popular beach among the surfer crowd

Zimbali Beach - Beach in Port Zimbali Considered part of the Zimbali Coastal Estate, Zimbali Beach is a 3 km stretch of beautiful beaches

Westbrook Beach Beach -in Westbrook Beach with it's lovely sand and warm waters is ideal for nice long walks

Umhlanga Beach - Umhlanga Beach Beach in Umhlanga The facilities along Umhlanga’s beachfront are similar to what you may expect at other world famous Beaches

Umdloti Beach - Umdloti Beach Sunshine, sand, rock pools and warm water typify the idyllic beach conditions at Umdloti.

Alkantstrand Beach in Richards Bay Alkantstrand is located in the little town of Richards Bay; a sub-tropical beach

Wedge Beach Beach in Durban - is a popular surfing spot located to the right of the beachfront's new pier in Durban

Bay of Plenty Beach - in North Beach Right on Durban’s Golden Mile, the Bay of Plenty is one of this city’s popular surfing beaches

 

BIG 5 SAFARIS

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HLUHLUWE BACKPACKERS

BIRD WATCHING/TRAILS/SAFARIS:

DURBAN NORTH

Umgeni River Bird Park

The Umgeni River Bird Park is a bird zoo located in Durban, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Riverside Rd, Durban North, Durban, 4051 - Hours: Open · 9AM–5PM -

Contact Details

Phone: 031 579 4600

ST LUCIA

ADVANTAGE TOURS AND CHARTERS

A bird watcher's paradise with over 500 species amongst the coastal dune forest and wetlands.

Apart from being famous for water-birds, St Lucia boasts more than 400 species of avian delights.

Narina Trogons, Knysna Loeries, longclaws and LBJ'S get twitchers twitching! Bird-safaris in the

northern Lakeland of St Lucia and guided excursions along the trails will reveal many unusual species

 

BOAT TRIPS - Crocodiles, Hippos, Mangroves

ST LUCIA

ESTUARY OF ST LUCIA

CANOEING AND KAYAKING

DURBAN NORTH

Eric's Canoes - : 5 End Rd, Park Hill, Durban North, 4051

Contact Details

Phone: 031 563 0874

 

ST LUCIA

St Lucia Kayak Safaris - Address: iSimangaliso Wetland Park, 67 Flamingo St, St Lucia, 3936 - Phone: 035 590 1233

 

ADVANTAGE TOURS AND CHARTERS

Heritage Safari Tours - 035 590 1133

KZN Wildlife, Mpila 035 550 1718

Leisure Eco-tours 035 550 4059

Zululand Aquatic & Animal Adv.035 550 0681

Wilderness Trails Reservations 033 8451067

Rhino tracking Pongola034 435 1123

CAPE VIDAL

Drive for 29 km (tarred road) through a Game Park and you will find the beautiful coastal resort, Cape Vidal which holds the unique distinction of allowing visitors access to both the wildlife of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park as well as the marine life of the Indian Ocean coast. (Beautiful beach and picnic spots.) Within this park area we have four of the "Big 5" of which the lion is absent. The sheltered bay has a designated launch site for ski boats with excellent off-shore angling, spear fishing, surfing, swimming and snorkelling.

A gorgeous stretch of beach where one can swim, snorkel, fish and sail. There are trails of varied distances through the nearby reserve.

Cape Vidal, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Contact Details

Tel: +27 21 424 1037 Fax: +27 21 424 1036

 

Heritage Tours & Safaris corner of Mckenzie Street & Katonkel Street St Lucia KwaZulu Natal 3936 (t) +27 35 5901555 (c) +27 83 4572147

Snorkeling in Cape Vidal has to be done at specific times only, this is due to rip currents during the incoming and outgoing tides. Best Times to snorkel is 1 hour before and after high tide. Their is a dedicated launch site for deep sea boats, please do ensure that your vessel is surveyed and does have all the required safety equipment at all times as you may be checked prior to launching. All vessels are also required to have fishing permits which are attainable from the St Lucia Post Office. Note that skippers are required to have additional permits please. The launch site in Cape Vidal also has a limited amount of vessels allowed to launch please do inquire at the launch office. It is also important to know how many fish species are allowed to be caught per angler.

 

CHEETAH PROJECT

HLUHLUWE
EMDONENI LODGE CHEETAH PROJECT
CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
BALLITO

SUGAR RUSH PARK

If you are looking for exciting things to do in KZN, look no further.

Scooter on Sugar Rush pump track Aside from the amazing mountain biking and running trails on Holla Trails which operate from Sugar Rush Park, we have a huge open grassed area plus a toddler zone and kids pump track.

Ride, run and play to your hearts content and then be refreshed at our Cafe. Other exciting additions to Sugar Rush Park is Laser Tag, The Chocolate Factory, Miss D Jewellers, the Rugby Fields and Trampoline Park.

Contact Details

info@sugarrush.co.za

Tel : 079 528 4665

Sugar Rush Park

Esenembe Road,

Ballito

Entrance into the Park is free which includes the open park, play areas, pump track and forest trail for kids. All other activities operate separately

Please note that ONLY food purchased from the Restaurant can be consumed on-site – no Picnic baskets or food may be brought onto the premises.

 

BALLITO - UMHLALI

BURNDALE

A secret haven for kids and adults alike in the country village of Umhlali, 40 minutes north of Durban. Just minutes from the urban bustle of Ballito, Burnedale offers an eclectic mix of delights for the most discerning customer.

With the refined charm of a Colonial Sugar Baron Estate for which the area is famous, Burnedale offers hand picked products and services for their customers. Each store offers the perfect blend of product to offer a very special experience…Eat, Play, Create, Shop…unique in every way.A Country Haven of Delights where Kids can Play, Friends linger over Coffee and Creative Ideas Flow.

Contact Details

Tel: +27(0)32 947 0133

burnedalecafe1@gmail.com

 

Gateway Umhlanga

MR FUNTUBBLES

Mr Funtubbles

The kids will love it, Mon to Thurs 10am to 9pm, Fri 10am to 11pm, Sat 9am to 11pm, Sun and holidays 9am to 9pm, Mon to Thurs all ride half prize except during school holidays.

Contact Details

marketing@mrfuntubbles.co.za

ops@mrfuntubbles.co.za

Tel +27 31 584 6645

 

FLOW BOARDING

Contact Details

Wave House, Gateway, Umhlanga,

Tel 031 584 9400.

 

UMHLANGA LAGOON NATURE RESERVE:

Daily, leaving from Breakers Resort. 90 minutes, with trained guides, suitable for children. Contact 031 - 566 4018 or Breakers 031 - 561 2271 Animal Farmyard and Tea Garden, Botha's Hill,

Contact Details

Tel:031-7652240

open Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4.30pm Including school and public holidays,

 

LUCKY LINTON ANIMAL FARM AND GOLDMINE

Genuine Gold Mine amongst the North Coast Sugar Cane. 15km from Ballito and 60km from Durban. Outdoor children’s entertainment as it used to be. Perfect venue for children's birthday parties, school outings or just family fun. 7am to 4pm.

R 20 per child and R 20 per adult.

Bring a picnic or braai.

Contact Details

annesandybell@webmail.co.za

Cell : 083 255 1277

Cell : 083 287 8383

Home: 032 947 1459

 

CROC CENTRE
CROCODILE CREEK

KZN CROCODILE CENTRE

KZN Crocodile Centre is an education and conservation facility and home to four species of crocodiles. To see the beasts in action, the best time to come is during the feeding demonstrations on Saturday at 3pm or Sunday at 11:30.

Contact Details

Tel: 035-590-1386

McKenzie St en route to iSimangaliso Wetland Park -

GPS: 5 S 28 21.431 E 032 25.173

 

CULTURAL VILLAGES

Eshowe

You are one and a half hours from Shakaland, the all encompassing Zulu cultural experience. You will be transported back to the time of Shaka Zulu, one of history's most feared warriors.

Contact Details

Tel: +27 (0) 35 460 0912 Near Melmoth

 

Simunye Zulu Lodge offers a gentle mix of traditional Zulu Homestead and experiences, and world class hospitality and leisure activities

Contact Details

Tel:+ 27 32 943 3601

 

MOUNT MORELAND - UMHLOTI

Barn Swallows at Mount Moreland

Each year in October, hundreds of thousands of Barn Swallows arrive in South Africa after their long migration from Europe. For the summer, lasting from October to mid-April, these birds flock at Mt Moreland, inland of Umhloti Beach. The Dusk Dance is a performance to behold, a once in a life-time experience. As the sun sets, the flock congregates in an amazing aerial display of flight; swooping and diving in joyous delight until, as one, the entire flock subsides into the reeds and all is quiet… Take a picnic, enjoy the display from the Mt Moreland Look-out site.

Contact Details

031 568 1557

 

CYCAD GARDEN

Durban Botanic Gardens   70 St Thomas Rd, Musgrave, Durban, 4001

Contact Details

Phone:031 322 4000 Hours: Open today · 7:30AM–5:30PM

 
DIVING
Triton DIVE CHARTERS AND LODGE
DOLPHIN & WHALE VIEWING

BALLITO

Infinity marine enterprises

Contact Details

Ballito 083 4489314

NORTH COAST

North coast dolphin viewing 082 510 6516

ST LUCIA

ADVANTAGE TOURS AND CHARTERS

UMHLANGA

Dive nautique Umhlanga 083 5532834

FISHING: - DEEP SEA CHARTERS, GAME FISHING, BILL AND BOTTOM FISHING
PONGOLA
DWEBA LAPA SELF CATERING CHALETS

ST LUCIA

SEEVARKIE FISHING CHARTERS
 
REPTILE CENTRE

BALLITO

NDLONDLO REPTILE PARK AND PAINT BALL ARENA

If the creepy, crawlies send a shiver down your spine and a shudder up your legs, you probably don’t know enough about them! Ndlondlo is geared to educate the youngest to the oldest about these often misunderstood creatures. The Park itself is in Phase one, which already boasts 2 underground snake enclosures containing over 15 different species of indigenous snakes (including the infamous black and green mamba) and a python tank, home to a reticulated python and a pair of anaconda’s.

Contact Details

Tel :082 561 4969

Address: Asgard Estate, Frazers Station, Ballito

 

GAME RESERVES

BALLITO

Rain Farm Game Reserve and Lodge Set over 300 Ha, Rain Farm Game Lodge is 10 minutes out from the bustle of Ballito Giraffe, Zebra, various antelope, Wildebeest and hundred of birds can be spotted on scheduled Game Drives Contact: 032 815 1050

Hluhluwe - Umfolozi

Where the battle to save the white rhino was won! Experience the thrill of seeing Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Buffaloes and other games unique to Africa.

Kosi Bay

A small series of lakes bordered with lush, forested dunes which separate the ocean from the lake system

Mkuze

Great destination for birders. The Mkuze Game Reserve section of the park has the highest density of black rhinos anywhere in the world.

SHEFFIELD BEACH - ANIMAL FARM

Flag Animal Farm Serves as a rescue and rehabilitation center for the lost and injured of the animal kingdom, but also offers a touch, stroke, feed and interact opportunity with children and their various Farm Animals’ Address: Sheffield Beach Road Contact: 032) 947 2018

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HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

UMHLANGA ROCKS

JNC Helicopter Tours Umhlanga Rocks Cell: 082 3903566

 

HIKING/WALKS

Emoyeni Trail (guided 4 day trail 035 590 9002

Bhangazi Trail 035 590 9002

Mziki Trail (guided 3 day trail) 035 590 9002

KZN NORTH - IMFOLOZI

Wilderness trails iMfolozi 033 845 1000

ST LUCIA

Wilderness trails St Lucia 033 845 1000

 

HORSE RIDING

BALLITO

Rocking Horse Riding School Ballito 084 5102198

Bhangazi horse trails 035 550 4438

PONGOLA

Exodus Horse Trails Pongola 034 435 1123

 

MICROLIGHT FLIGHTS

BALLITO BAY

Ballito Bay Microlights Ballito Bay 082 659 5550

Microlight Tours are the most thrilling way to tour Ballito. Launching at the Ballito Airfield, tours follow the transition from rolling sugar cane fields over commercial and residential areas and finally a seagull’s view of the breathtaking coastline. Contact Ballito Microlight School: 082 659 5550

 

MOUNTAIN/QUAD BIKING

BALLITO

Fat Traxx Quad Trails Ballito 082 4775837

River quad trails 032 942 8014

PONGOLA

Mountain Bike Trails Pongola 034 435 1123

Quad & Two Wheeler Off Road Adventures Pongola 034 413 2766

 

OPEN AIR MARKETS

The coastal climate is ideal to host any form of open air activity.

BALLITO

Ballito is thrives with market activity throughout the year. Various art, craft or food and wine markets offer a great time out for the whole family. Live Music, rich aromas of freshly prepared food and snacks, unique little gifts and special finds…its a must-have experience when in the area Open Air Markets in Ballito

Ballito Pro Street Market - Each July with the Ballito Pro Surfing Competition, Williards Beach. Each year, in association with the world class surfing event, an open air street market offers a hive of activity and products to the surfing spectators. Live Entertainment includes a skateboard arena with professional acrobatic acts. Various stalls offer a wide range of products.

The Christmas Fair Each November at Collisheen Estate, Ballito Held over several days in perfect time to secure special Christmas Gifts, the Christmas Fair is the largest art and craft market in the area. Each stall contributes to the Christmas Fair Fund, raising funds for local charities.

FOXHILL

The Litchi Orchard Mid Month Saturday at the Litchi Orchard, Foxhill. Set in the orchard of an authentic Litchi Farm, the Litchi Orchard holds regular Saturday Morning Farmers Markets and a monthly Night Market with live musical bands. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or sample from an array of deli products

 

SCUBA DIVING:

ALIWAL SHOAL

Adventure Dives SA Dive tours and day trips for divers and non-divers.Destinations include Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks, Sodwana Bay, Mozambique, Cape Town; great white shark, whale and dolphin viewing, sardine runs and wildlife parks. SATSA registered. Dive courses. Tel: 018 297 1008 E-mail: info@aquaspace.co.za, Website: www.aquaspace.co.za

KZN NORTH

Dive Den Scuba - The premier dive club and shop in Northern KwaZulu-Natal PADI dive courses from entry level to Dive Master. Master scuba diver training. Deep, nitrox, search and recovery, under water naturalist, night, wreck diving and peak performance buoyancy. Agents for Mares, Dacor, Sporosub, Pelican and Divetek scuba diving equipment. We cater for your diving needs anywhere in Africa.

Cell:082 685 8008 - E-mail: pierreb@majuba.edu.za

UNHLANGA ROCKS

Dive Nautique - Umhlanga - Cell: 0835532834

 

SHARK BOARD

UMHLANGA

KWA-ZULU NATAL SHARKS BOARD

From the people who keep us safe in the water…The Natal Sharks Board has monitored and protected beaches along the coastline for the past 40 years. Visitors are offered a comprehensive tour of the facility with an audio-visual presentation into the world of the shark. To learn even more, sit in on a dissection – a coroner-type exploration of a shark found dead in the nets. Dissection Show Times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 09h00 and 14h00 First Sunday of the month 13h00 – 16h00

Contact Details

Tel : 031 566 0400

1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal

 

SKI BOATING

UMHLANGA ROCKS

Umhlanga Ocean Charters - Boat Trips Umhlanga Ocean Charters - Boat Trips Umhlanga Ocean Charters 072 594 1910 / 082 330 9347

 

SNAKE PARK

BALLITO

Ndlondlo Reptile Park - Along the M4 main road opposite the Zimbali Service entrance, Ballito, KwaZulu Natal - Call +27 (0)84 240-3318

 

SNORKLING

BALLITO

Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris - 13 Ocean Drive, Ballito 4399, Tel: +27 79 307 0608

 

ST LUCIA ESTUARY

St Lucia

South Africa has one of the largest Estuary’s in Africa, its total length is approximately 85km South to North and 22km wide at its widest point.

 

Previously St Lucia town was known as St Lucia Estuary and is still today referred to as St Lucia Estuary. St Lucia Estuary is also much like a island and this is due to the fact that the town is surrounded by water on the left is the estuary and on the east side is the Indian Ocean.

 

he St Lucia Estuary ishome to more than 800 Hippo’s and about 1200 Nile crocodiles not to mention the abundance of birdlife. It is no wonder that the area was proclaimed as a world heritage in 1999 by Unesco. The St Lucia Estuary remains the top attraction as nowhere else has one the opportunity of experiencing such a diverse and magnitude of beauty, the various seasons contribute to migratory bird species. A bird lovers paradise and only 54km away lies the Mkuze game reserve most definitely one of the best birding areas in South Africa.

 

The St Lucia Estuary at present remains closed to the Indian Ocean primary due to the years of drought however new water been allowed into the estuary, a new cut on the banks of the Umfolozi River has contributed greatly to a renewed amount of water, when the Umfolozi River floods then water runs into the channel that feeds the estuary. This new addition to the water levels has shown a great increase in the levels from St Lucia up towards Charters Creek. This area previously almost dry completely now once again offers immaculate viewing of Flamingos and other species of birdlife.

 

SURFING

BALLITO

Kite Surfing: When the wind whips up, many go home, but for die hard adrenaline freaks, Kite Surfing is the ideal way to clear the head, raise the heart rate and have jolly good fun in one. Wind direction determines where Kite Surfing will take place. Lessons are given at Umhloti Lagoon (between Ballito and Durban) in a South wind, north of Suncoast Casino in northerly wind. Contact Surfers: 032 946 0018

WALKING TRAILS

HLUHLUWE

Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park - Nature reserve in South Africa Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, formerly Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve, is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. - Phone: 033 845 1999

KLOOF

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in Kloof, South Africa The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, conserves 584 ha of the Molweni and Nkutu River gorges that incise the sandstone Kloof plateau in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.- 152 Kloof Falls Rd, Kranskloof, Kloof, 3624

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