Welcome to Johannesburg! You will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board and assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs and on to your onward flight to Durban. The KwaZulu-Natal north coast, also known as the Dolphin Coast, stretches north from Durban to the mighty Thukela River. This Indian Ocean coastline of warm waters is rich in marine life as its name suggests, and boat excursions bring close encounters with bottlenose dolphin, which are visible close to the shore all year round. The north coast is famous for its golden beaches, good restaurants and pubs in seaside towns such as Umhlanga Rocks, Umdloti and Ballito, excellent golf courses and historic battle sites of Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, which lead directly to the Anglo-Zulu war.
This region is a mixture of Zulu and Indian cultures, reflected in the settlements started by indentured Indian laborers on the many sugar cane farms, and in the rich political history in and around Groutville, where ANC president and Nobel laureate, Albert Luthuli, lived and is buried. Umhlanga Rocks is the premier resort town on the coast, with good swimming beaches, a lively town center, coastal walking paths and plenty of shopping opportunities at South Africa’s largest shopping area, Gateway.