WelcomeThe North Coast is a place of natural beauty.
The North Coast is a place of natural beauty, sun, surf, sea, fun, thrills, love, home of the mighty King Shaka, sugar barons, struggle heroes, indentured labourers and warm, friendly people.
Caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, it stretches some 110 kilometres from Umhlanga Rocks, just north of the port city of Durban, right up to the Amatikulu River, in a breathtaking stretch of coastline fringed with golden beaches and green hills.
Jewel of the Zulu Kingdom.
Experience the beauty and tranquility of this region, through its glorious beaches and amazing landscapes, its rich culture, its mountains and rolling manicured sugar fields. Savour some of the most stunning sunrises over the Indian Ocean and dramatic sunsets over our distant hills.
The great King Shaka established his Zulu Kingdom on the North Coast, and in his honour it was called iLembe. Today, with its unique mix of luxury resorts and stunning accommodation, the North Coast is recognized as a prime domestic and international holiday destination. Its alluring sea views, magnificent beaches, warm-all-year-round weather and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, are what earns it such popularity; you can swim, sunbathe, surf and fish from early spring right through to winter’s end.
Local and international investors view the area as lucrative, and billions have been injected into real estate and tourism projects in recent times. Developers have recognized the value of its unspoilt natural environment, the laid back and relaxed lifestyle together with infrastructure and facilities, and have adopted an approach that puts residents and guests directly in touch with the region’s natural beauty.
The North Coast boasts a rich cultural heritage with strong Eastern, African, European and French Mauritian influences. The traditional home of the Zulu people, it was settled by Europeans, and later by Indian indentured labourers who originally arrived to work in the sugar cane fields. After their contracts expired, many of them chose to stay on and were joined by traders and immigrants from India. As a result there is a unique cultural mix, which provides fascinating insights into the history of this part of the world.
Another major advantage offered to visitors of the North Coast, is its proximity to other awesome attractions within the province of KwaZulu-Natal, also known as the Zulu Kingdom. An easy, two hours drive north, allows you to visit the Big Five game reserves of Zululand that include the Hluhluwe-Mfolozi Park, Phinda and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.
A short drive south takes you to the city of Durban, boasting a vibrant population of three million, a melting pot of cultures drawn from its Zulu, European and Indian people. From there, a visitor can travel inland to the Midlands which is famous for its arts and crafts routes and country hospitality, or on to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, with its ancient crags and towering peaks – another World Heritage site.
We welcome you to the Jewel of the Zulu Kingdom. Rest assured that we will do everything possible to ensure that your stay is comfortable, exciting and memorable.
Please visit the information office at the Sangweni Tourism Centre in Ballito where friendly staff will be glad to assist you.