48 hours to explore the KZN Dolphin Coast

The Dolphin Coast on the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline beckons with its serene beauty and laid-back atmosphere.

Vanitha Moodley, general manager at ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef Zinkwazi, recommends the following five hidden gems and well-known activities to guests if you only have 48 hours available to explore this stunning area:

1. Proud’s Pizza

Indulge your taste buds with a slice of heaven at Proud’s Pizza, a hidden gem located on Zinkwazi Beach. This local delight has garnered a stellar reputation, boasting a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Vegetarian-friendly and conveniently located within walking distance from the hotel, Proud’s Pizza promises a laid-back experience that perfectly captures the essence of beachside bliss.

2. Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the beauty of the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve. Set out on scenic hiking trails that wind through lush landscapes, offering opportunities to spot a diverse array of birdlife. Situated on the south bank of the Tugela River, about 6km from the river mouth on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

3. King Shaka Memorial

Pay homage to the legendary Zulu King Shaka, at the King Shaka Memorial. Discover the history and legacy of this influential leader, who played a pivotal role in shaping the Zulu kingdom. Located at 96 King Shaka Street, Stanger Central, KwaDukuza.

4. Sugar Rush Park Ballito

For an exhilarating dose of family-friendly adventure, head a bit further afield to Sugar Rush Park in Ballito (pictured). Excitement knows no bounds here as kids can revel in the thrill of jumping on trampolines, take part in laser tag battles, explore the snake park, or indulge in crafting sessions creating their own unicorn slime. Meanwhile, adults can browse the outdoor stores before savouring a delectable meal at Food Fundi or Seventeen87.

5. Collecting seashells

If your budget is a bit tight, take your family to one of the scenic beaches along the Dolphin Coast, such as Zinkwazi Beach, or Ballito Beach. Armed with buckets or bags, explore the shoreline during low tide and discover a treasure trove of seashells, colourful stones and interesting marine life like crabs and small fish in the tide pools. It’s an engaging and educational activity for kids, allowing them to learn about the coastal ecosystem while having loads of fun. Plus, you’ll have beautiful souvenirs to take home as a reminder of your time on the Dolphin Coast.


As you enjoy these fun activities be sure to book your family stay at ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef Zinkwazi as your base. ANEW Rewards members can enjoy up to 20% discount on their stay!

Terms & Conditions apply. Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing renovations to its outdoor pool area. The upgraded space, soon to be unveiled, promises to elevate your experience even further. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and eagerly anticipate sharing this enhanced oasis with you.

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