Kwazulu Natal North Coast Attractions

Croc Valley Nature Reserve

Croc Valley Nature Reserve

More than 200 crocodiles and a gang  of boa constrictors, anacondas and pythons ramble along the forest and wilderness trails of the magnificent Croc Valley Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

A fascinating encounter with crocodiles and other reptiles that used to roam freely in this area can be admired at the Croc Vallet Nature Reserve. Croc Valley offers crocodile and snake feedings, bird watching and a swamp forest.

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

The magnificent Harold Johnson Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1967 and is 100 hectares in extent.  Nestling on the south bank of the Thukela River, the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve in South Africa is 6 km from the river mouth on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Wildlife species which can be found here include zebra, bushbuck, impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose and porcupine.

- Gate Opening and Closing Times: 06h00 to 18h00

- Office Hours: The office is open from 07h00 to 16h00

- Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 500 metres

- Camp Telephone Number: (0324) 861574

- Camp Fax: (0324) 861574

- Shop: Nil

- The nearest town which has a full range of services is Stanger/Kwadukuza which is 25 kms away.
 
How to get there:
Harold Johnson Route Guide - Take N2 freeway go through the Tongaat & Umvoti Toll roads. Take the Zinkwazi / Darnell turn off approx 18 Km's after the Umvoti Toll. At the stop street turn left ( proceed inland ) at robots turn right onto the R102 and after approx 10Km's see Harold Johnson sign board turn right onto dirt road and follow signs.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
 
"No entry fees will be charged for visits by KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Primary and Secondary School groups, from KZN Schools to KZN Protected Areas and St Lucia Crocodile Centre provided that such visits:
1. are authorised by the Head of the school
2. are booked in advance with the Officer in Charge of the Protected Area or Crocodile Centre
3. do not take place over weekends, during KZN Provincial school holidays or Public Holidays".

Natal Sharks Board

Natal Sharks Board

The Natal Sharks Board is a research institute situated 2km outside of Umhlanga.  It is dedicated to studying sharks, specifically in relation to their danger to humans.  Audiovisual presentations are offered at the Natal Sharks Board and dissections are held.  When the personnel ‘service’ the shark nets that protect Durban’s beach front visitors have the unique opportunity to join them.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board in South Africa services a combination of shark nets and recently-deployed drumlines, spread at intervals along 320 km of coastline in KwaZulu-Natal, thereby providing protection against shark attack at 38 localities. The Sharks Board in South Africa employs about 170 staff members, most of whom put to sea on 15 boats to service the equipment. The other members of staff are engaged in research, administration, public relations, store-keeping and maintenance.
 

Scenic Drive along the Natal North Coast

Scenic Drive along the Natal North Coast

Durban: Scenic drive along the North Coast to Tongaat, driving along the Sugar and Dolphin Coast

Highlights:
 

  • Umgeni River Bird Park
  • Umhlanga Rocks
  • Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
  • Tongaat

 
Umgeni River Bird Park

This lies in a scenic setting of waterfalls, lush tropical vegetation and 30m high cliffs along the Umgeni River. It has a collection of over 3000 exotic and indigenous birds e.g. coloured parrots, macaws, Asian hornbills etc.  Visitors can walk among the birds in large walk-through aviaries.

Umhlanga Rocks:

Walk along the promenade offering splendid views of the Indian Ocean with its sandy and rocky beaches. The lighthouse built in 1945 is a well-known landmark. The Natal Sharks Board has its headquarters here and a visit is a must to view audiovisual presentations and the display hall.

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

A small nature reserve which covers 104ha of coastal bush and grassland on the banks of the Tugela River. A variety of animals roam around e.g. impala, bushbuck, blue, common and red duiker, zebra. Epiphytic orchids and ferns can be seen.

Tongaat

This was founded in 1849 and named after the River Tongati. It is one of the largest sugar-producing districts in the world. Tongaat is also the oldest Indian community in South Africa. During 1860 the Indian labourers arrived to work in the sugar plantations. Visit the Juggernath Puri temple, the tallest and oldest Hindu temple in South Africa. At Compensation is the Crocodile Creek, home to 7000 crocodiles.

Sugar Coast

The Sugar Coast in KwaZulu-Natal stretches from Umhlanga Rocks northwards to Zimbali and inland to Mount Edgecombe, Verulam and Hambanathi. The coastal hills are dominated by vast fields of sugar cane.

Dolphin Coast:

Along this stretch of coast from Ballito northwards to Zinkwazi Beach many bottlenose dolphins can be seen offshore and surfing with the waves.

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom

The Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, basks lazily in the green hills just north of Durban. Conveniently situated between Umdloti and Umhlanga, Sibaya is the ideal getaway for those seeking all the thrills and spills, laughs and luxury KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. With every convenience from state-of-the-art conference facilities to placid ocean views, the Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom which is part of the South African Sun International hotel group is nothing short of being home away from home.

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is beautifully located on the mouth of  the Ohlanga River in South Africa. Many trails lead through dune forest, across the lagoon and onto the magnificent beach. Many bird species can be seen as well as blue duiker, and monkeys.
 

Valley of Thousand Hills

Valley of Thousand Hills

Valley of Thousand Hills and visit to cultural villages

This area of KwaZulu-Natal is named after the thousands of hills which tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River. View the magnificent scenery with unspoilt nature and wildlife. The hills are covered with traditional (beehive) Zulu homes while along the spine of the Valley you will find colonial buildings.

Cultural Villages

PheZulu Safari Park

Visit this Zulu village with its beehive huts where the Gasa clan will explain their beliefs, rituals and artifacts. The will also entertain you with their traditional dancing. A 3hr drive exploring the valley and meeting Zulu folk in their own homes is also offered by the park as well as an excursion to view the wild animals. Visit the Reptile Farm to see the crocodiles and the collection of snakes.

Isithumba Village:

This Zulu cultural village is situated next to the Umgeni River. Share a meal in the homes of the Zulu folk and hear more about their traditions. 

Izimtaba Cultural Village:

Zulu dancing and cultural shows take place three times a day.

Croc Valley Nature Reserve

Croc Valley Nature Reserve

More than 200 crocodiles and a gang  of boa constrictors, anacondas and pythons ramble along the forest and wilderness trails of the magnificent Croc Valley Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

A fascinating encounter with crocodiles and other reptiles that used to roam freely in this area can be admired at the Croc Vallet Nature Reserve. Croc Valley offers crocodile and snake feedings, bird watching and a swamp forest.

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

The magnificent Harold Johnson Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1967 and is 100 hectares in extent.  Nestling on the south bank of the Thukela River, the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve in South Africa is 6 km from the river mouth on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Wildlife species which can be found here include zebra, bushbuck, impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose and porcupine.

- Gate Opening and Closing Times: 06h00 to 18h00

- Office Hours: The office is open from 07h00 to 16h00

- Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 500 metres

- Camp Telephone Number: (0324) 861574

- Camp Fax: (0324) 861574

- Shop: Nil

- The nearest town which has a full range of services is Stanger/Kwadukuza which is 25 kms away.
 
How to get there:
Harold Johnson Route Guide - Take N2 freeway go through the Tongaat & Umvoti Toll roads. Take the Zinkwazi / Darnell turn off approx 18 Km's after the Umvoti Toll. At the stop street turn left ( proceed inland ) at robots turn right onto the R102 and after approx 10Km's see Harold Johnson sign board turn right onto dirt road and follow signs.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
 
"No entry fees will be charged for visits by KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Primary and Secondary School groups, from KZN Schools to KZN Protected Areas and St Lucia Crocodile Centre provided that such visits:
1. are authorised by the Head of the school
2. are booked in advance with the Officer in Charge of the Protected Area or Crocodile Centre
3. do not take place over weekends, during KZN Provincial school holidays or Public Holidays".

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is beautifully located on the mouth of  the Ohlanga River in South Africa. Many trails lead through dune forest, across the lagoon and onto the magnificent beach. Many bird species can be seen as well as blue duiker, and monkeys.