Throughout the year, holidaymakers flock to their favourite coastal haunts to cultivate a tan, ride the waves, eat, drink and generally have fun.
Besides sweeping beaches and calm lagoons where surfing, snorkelling, fishing and swimming are enjoyed, visitors can play golf, bowls and tennis or just soak up the sun. The capital city, Durban, is a bustling seaport and a cultural melting pot.
From Durban to the rugged Wild Coast, the highway links popular seaside resorts in rapid succession. The road snakes through subtropical bush, cane fields and hills garlanded with hibiscus blooms. North of Durban, the coastline stretching from the Tugela Mouth to the Umdloti River is aptly known as the Dolphin Coast. Close inshore, shoals of bottlenose dolphins play in the waves, providing endless entertainment with their engaging antics.