To the north of Durban you'll find miles of picturesque coastline that calls to those looking to unwind in the sun. Just north of the city are the upmarket beach communities of Umhlanga (high-rise condos, expensive restaurants by the water) and uMdloti (stately beach houses, quiet streets), while further up you'll enter the Dolphin Coast, which gets its name from the bottlenose dolphins that favour the area.
The area is home to a fascinating mix of peoples: descendants of former colonialists, Indians, French-Mauritian sugar-cane growers and indentured labourers from the Indian subcontinent, plus, of course, the Zulu people.
King Shaka is said to have established a military camp on the coast; royal handmaidens gathered salt from tidal pools, a practice since immortalised in the name Salt Rock. A memorial to King Shaka can be found at KwaDukuza (Stanger), slightly inland.