The Dolphin Coast, being a “coast”, certainly offers up some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, but that’s not all it’s known for. Journey inland to find historical and cultural attractions that will take you back hundreds of years.
King Shaka Memorial in KwaDukuza
Why you should visit: The King Shaka Memorial is a heritage site in KwaDukuza (Stanger) and marks the resting place of the late Zulu King. Visit the visitors centre to watch a 20-minute slideshow on the history of Shaka Zulu and check out the memorial and the famous rock he had sat on during his assassination
How much does it cost: It’s free to visit, but donations are welcomed.
How to get there: Find it on 96 King Shaka Street, Stanger Central, KwaDukuza.
Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
Why you should visit: Something for the nature enthusiasts, Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is a 113 hectare reserve situated on the south bank of the Tugela River. Experience a wide variety of fauna and flora, as well as hiking trails and picnic spots within the reserve. Make sure to check out the Ultimatum tree and Fort Pearson, two national monuments which played an important role in the 1879 Anglo-Zulu war.
How much does it cost: R10 for adults and R5 for children (subject to change).
How to get there: The reserve is situated just off the R102, between Stanger and Mandeni on the Dolphin coast.
Sugar Rush Park in Ballito
Why you should visit: The Sugar Rush Park is an open park in Ballito. An ideal run-around zone for kids while parents relax, the park also offers fun activities like laser tag, jump park, putt putt, and a petting zoo.
How much does it cost: Entrance to the park, play areas, pump track and forest trail for kids are all free. Enquire for pricing for individual activities.
How to get there: Find it on Senembi Road in Ballito
The Luthuli Museum
Why you should visit: Opened in August 2004, The Luthuli Museum, is a national monument, which consists of the late Chief Albert Luthuli’s original 1927 home on Nokukhanya Luthuli Street. The house now showcases temporary exhibitions and is the perfect place to soak up the history of one of South Africa’s most important leaders.
How much does it cost: Entrance is free.
How to get there: The museum is on 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, KwaDukuza.