North Coast Focus
Things to do on the stunning Dolphin Coast of KZN. Every month, we provide you with a brief overview of five things to do or places to see North of Umhlanga.
- Sugar Rush Park
This fantastic destination, just outside of Ballito, offers something for the entire family. Parkrun happens there on a Saturday, after which people mill around, soaking up the sun and enjoying the number of restaurants and fun activities. Kids will love the jungle gyms, putt-putt and petting zoo, with mountain bike trails for the more active families. Truly, there is an abundance of things to do at Sugar Rush. You could go back every week and not run out of adventure. http://www.sugarrush.co.za/attractions-2/
- Blythedale Beach
This beach offers just about anything you could think of. Bathers are protected by shark nets and lifeguards, and the beach itself offers warm water and brilliant swimming conditions. Surfers have been known to frequent this part of the coast, and there’s excellent fishing for kilometres on either side. There are several rocky outcrops from which anglers can drop a line, and the more adventurous fisherman will enjoy kayaking to land the big ones. The adjoining town (of the same name) is a quiet paradise, with a bar and restaurant called Gecko and Lime admittedly providing excellent food and beverage options.
- Flag Animal Farm
Home to over 1000 animals, including: farm animals, reptiles, birds, wolves, and alpacas. This animal farm and petting zoo is known as one of the best in South Africa. They offer a pricelist tailored to individuals of every age, as well as packages for birthday parties and school outings. Families often frequent this place, found near Sheffield Beach. However, it’s also a great activity for couples looking to do something different. I mean, who doesn’t want to feed a paper bag to a goat?
- Hole in the Wall
While not quite as spectacular as its namesake in the Eastern Cape, Hole in the Wall on the North Coast attracts its fair share of visitors. Explorers hike through the narrow opening when the tide recedes, and the view is always incredible, irrespective of your timing. Bathers and anglers also enjoy spending time here, as the location is good for these respective activities. Situated by Thompson’s Bay, it’s definitely worth checking out.
- Prince’s Grant Golf Course
This magnificent 18-hole links/parkland golf course offers awesome natural scenery; but golfers can expect a challenging game. Designed by Peter Matkovich, one can expect great views through valleys and forests, with pristine river frontage boasting a wild abundance of birdlife – not to mention the incredible oceanside views, unmatched in KZN. The course itself is unmatched; an inspired design matched with carefully-tended greens and fairways. The Country Club itself offers a wide variety of delicious food, and there’s no chance of golfers being left thirsty if they stop in here after a round.