North Coast

North Coast

The North Coast is also called the Dolphin Coast, for an obvious reason - Bottle-nosed Dolphins are often seen in these waters. The dolphins are not alone in their love of the North Coast - it is also a popular holiday destination among locals. It has balmy weather and stunning beaches.


Ballito is a buzzing seaside town with a swimming and surfing beach and a 2.5km promenade.

Salt Rock

Salt Rock is a holiday resort town just north of Ballito. The main beach has a tidal pool and there are several good fishing spots and golf courses in the area.

Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay is a series of four interlinked lakes that form part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. Apart from a beautiful and peaceful beach, the Kosi River Mouth is known as "the aquarium" because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of fish species.

Bird species in the area include the Palm-nut Vulture, Pel's Fishing Owl, White-backed Night-heron, and kingfishers. Duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles and Bull sharks are also present, and loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach.

Kosi Bay is particularly famous for the traditional fish traps built to trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide.

The Kosi Bay estuary is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Mozambique border and one can walk from the estuary across the border to Ponta do Ouro.