Unspoiled and rare: A glimpse into the unique towns along the North Coast
Category Holiday Accommodation
There are a few places as beautiful as KZN's North Coast, where unspoiled towns kiss the shores of the warm Indian ocean and nearly perfect weather draws in holidaymakers throughout the year.
"When this coastal belt is mentioned, most people think of Ballito as it is the most popular town here, and boasts the most established holiday and residential sectors," says holiday rental manager for Ballito, Karen von Wielligh.
"And, yes, Ballito is a perfect place to spend long-weekends enjoying stunning beaches and world-class accommodation with panoramic sea-views."
However, she says, the North Coast also holds many more gems.
"As you venture further, you will find a mix of quaint coastal villages, each with its own personality and distinct atmospheres, such as Westbrook, Chaka's Rock, Salt Rock, Sheffield Beach, uMhlali, Tinley Manor and Shakaskraal.
"What's more, the white sandy beaches in each town are perfect for swimming, enjoying sunlit picnics, and taking lazy strolls in the evenings and considering that this region experiences 320 days of sunshine a year, you can be sure that your holiday getaway will be a sunny and warm one."
"There are also tidal pools at Sheffield Beach where you can usually find a number of people spearfishing. For adventure seekers, Charlie's Pool also offers snorkelling among an abundance of fish, coral and other sea life."
Holiday homes embrace nature
"On the development scale, these places are all less developed than Ballito, which means that their holiday homes are often surrounded by unspoiled nature and pristine coastlines that highlight the local flora and fauna. This region is a paradise with a proudly South African heartbeat."
There is also a distinct feeling of family and community, says Von Wielligh, making it a perfect holiday destination for every member of the family, including beloved pets.
In fact, she says, one of the most frequent requests made by holidaymakers is for pet-friendly accommodation, followed by easy beach access and good sea-views.
Self-catering holiday apartments, complexes and estate homes with wifi and air-conditioning are the property types most in demand.
"As for the price point, rates for holiday homes on the North Coast start from as little as R600/night in low season, R900/night in semi-season and R1450/night in peak season and play a big role in drawing more tourists to our shores each year from international destinations as well as from other parts of SA, especially Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape and the Free State."
She adds that the King Shaka International Airport, which is just a short drive (under 30 minutes) from most North Coast destinations, has made it even easier for tourists to access these towns.
Restaurants, shopping malls and more
Through the years, Von Wielligh has noticed widespread development taking place along the North Coast, which has included the opening of new restaurants and shopping malls for holidaymakers to choose from.
"And of course there is always the option of taking a short drive to Ballito, where there is an ever-growing choice of amenities around every corner.
"The towns are also central to a diverse range of attractions and activities such as Crocodile Creek, microlight flights, skydiving, golf courses, mountain biking, art galleries, health resorts and spas, and so much more."
If you're thinking about planning a holiday escape in one of the North Coast's many towns, speak to our holiday rentals division in Ballito today.
Author: Chas Everitt International Property Group