Top things to do in North Coast

Top Choice International in Umhlanga Rocks & uMdloti Beach

Mundo Vida

Enjoy seafood and bistro fare in unpretentious surroundings at this excellent coastal restaurant, where traditional recipes have a modern twist. For a taste of everything fishy try the seafood medley or, if your poc…
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Luthuli Museum

A tribute to Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli – president of the ANC from 1952 and Africa’s first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace (1960) for his efforts to end apartheid – the museum is located in Luthuli’s h…
Museum in Umhlanga Rocks & uMdloti Beach

Natal Sharks Board

This research institute is dedicated to studying sharks, specifically in relation to their danger to humans. There are audiovisual presentations and shark dissections (adult/child R50/30). The museum has replicas of…
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King Shaka Visitor Centre

The King Shaka Visitor Centre is worth visiting for limited but clear historical and chronological information about Shaka and his kingdom. Inside you'll find a short informational video and several display cases of…
French in Umhlanga Rocks & uMdloti Beach

Ile Maurice

For a special seaside splurge with a Gallic touch, try this chic eatery serving a variety of French and Mauritian dishes, including a range of fish and seafood, juicy steaks and a good selection for vegetarians. A m…
International in Umhlanga Rocks & uMdloti Beach

Bel Punto

With a large terrace overlooking uMdloti Beach, Bel Punto attracts the weekend crowds from Durban. There's a focus on delectable seafood dining – try the baby crayfish pasta or grilled shellfish platter. The large l…
Seafood in Ballito


If a fun seaside vibe and tasty food is what you're after, Hops has you covered on both fronts. There is frequently live music and the large, open dining area is the ideal place to have a beer or wine while enjoying…
Deli in Ballito

Waterberry Coffee Shoppe

The perfect place to eat your way through a hot afternoon, under a canopy of lush coastal forest. Feast on fabulous homemade cakes or a range of healthy salads.
Nature Reserve in Umhlanga Rocks & uMdloti Beach

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Found on a river mouth just north of town, the reserve is home to many bird species (despite its small size: 2600 sq metres). Trails lead through stunning dune forest, across the lagoon and onto the beach. Ask at th…
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Dukuza Museum

Opposite the King Shaka Visitor Centre, the museum has a small collection of related historical exhibits and other displays (there are some nicely preserved gramophones).