What
  • Accommodation
  • Art & Craft - Other
  • Artist & Crafter Studio
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Leizure & Activities
  • Saunter Shopping Treats
  • Weddings & Conferences
Where

Saunter 6

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The North Coast to the Border

From developed, up market, La Lucia and Umhlanga northwards to Ballito, the fastest growing area in South Africa, this beautiful coast attracts homeowners and tourists alike. There are good restaurants, and there is lots to do from shopping and sightseeing to swimming and promenading.

Development is on former sugar cane lands and as you travel you see increasing sweeps of Green Gold covering rolling hills. The Mauritian and British colonists who made this area their home, built lovely farm homesteads and to help cultivate the cane, brought in indentured labour from India. At the end of their tenure, the labourers were given a choice of a ticket back to India or a plot of land here. Most stayed and this was the start of a thriving and productive Natal Indian population and KZN’s love of curry!

Dotted in between residential and holiday accommodation are truly wonderful beaches. Some are so unspoilt that one feels they have just been discovered. Coastal forest birdlife is good and looking out to sea, there are dolphin, sometimes whales and further North, turtles. Northwards, resorts become more scattered and the beaches more beautiful, some with lagoons or tidal pools for calm, safe bathing.

Across the mighty Tugela River, is Zululand where tribes were pushed southwards ahead of King Shaka’s bloody path and either killed or assimilated into the Zulu nation. There are game reserves here and along the Elephant Coast towards the border, including South Africa’s oldest, Huhluhwe, with the Big Five, and masses of other wildlife. A short way west are the Zulu landmarks.

Near St Lucia is the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland, a UNESCO World Heritage site with varied landscapes teeming with a diversity of bird, animal and marine life.

So this is the canvas for Saunter 6. Our meander gives you the rare opportunity to visit these art and craft studios by appointment. The studios are often in lovely settings, giving you a sense of the lifestyle here. They fall mainly between La Lucia and Mtunzini and the distance is just 116 kms or 1 hour 15 minutes without stops. That is the beauty of The Saunter, nothing is too far away from the start point!

See how these talented people produce their beautiful art or craft. We include traditional Zulu crafters, potters, a muralist, jewellers, a furniture maker and painters who use, watercolour, oils and charcoal. There are yummy food places with delicious artisan breads, ice creams, craft drinks and more. We list good places to see birds and wildlife, to swim, walk and exercise. There are Zulu cultural places, exceptional galleries, some amazing family activities and a couple of bucket list spots.

We recommend just a handful of ‘not to be missed’ places to eat and a few special places to stay, including an original sugar farm home.

This North Coast list is not published yet, but here are some of our artists and 2 amazing galleries, so you can start sauntering northwards.

Browse This Saunter's Listings

Hawaan Forest

Unique, indigenous woodland, unchanged for centuries with rich birdlife.

cat-icon Hawaan Forest, Herald Drive, Hawaan, Umhlanga, South Africa

Impulse By The Sea.

Well loved and respected curry house on the coast

cat-icon 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach, Headlands, Dolphin Coast, 4039
cat-icon The Green Gallery. Shop 19, Flanders Mall, Flanders Dr, Mount Edgecombe, Outer Durban

Mtunzini River Cruises

River cruise on pristine tranquil Umlalazi River for families, friends & functions

cat-icon Umlalazi Nature Reserve, 35 Wilderness Ave, Mtunzini, 3867, KwaZulu Natal

Clothes By Celeste

Unique romantic clothing for women. Sourcing the finest fabric around the world.

cat-icon Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, South Africa

The Clay Oven

Casual family restaurant with sea and river view

cat-icon 32 Hely Hutchinson Road, Mtunzini, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3867, South Africa

Mtunzini Mangrove Forest

Short walk to see John Dunn's pool and the Mangrove Forest

cat-icon Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Wilderness Ave, Mtunzini, South Africa

Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Game Reserve

Big 5 Game Reserve, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, awaits.

cat-icon R618, off the N2, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Clubventure

A place of adventure offering fun for the entire family

High Tea at The Oyster Box

Sophisticated afternoon indulgenge with sumptuous home-made sweet and savoury treats

cat-icon 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa

The Lighthouse Bar at the Oyster Box

Unwind with breathtaking views of ocean and lighthouse while enjoying your drinks

cat-icon 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga, Umhlanga, 4320, South Africa

Monkeyland KZN. Primates in free-roaming sanctuary

Guided walks in a free roaming forest sanctuary for rescued exotic primates

cat-icon 56 Newsel Road, Umdloti Beach, Umdloti, South Africa

Kingfisher Beach Cottage

5 bedroom beach house in tranquil tropical garden, minutes from the beach

cat-icon 4 Garland Road, Salt Rock, Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Zimanga Private Game Reserve****

A conservation-orientated activity-based destination offering exceptional photographic opportunities

Willow & Ruby

Inspired lifestyle choices as unique and distinctive as you are

cat-icon Shop 1, Sage Centre, 1 Old Fort Road, Foxhill, Salt Rock, Kwa-Zulu Natal. 4391

Christine Lamberth – Wildlife Artist

Christine Lamberth- Artist's studio-Wildlife

cat-icon Rorke's Drift Lodge, Farm Shepleigh, R1428, Rorke's Drift, Kwa-Zulu Natal. 3201

Fugitives’ Drift Battlefield Tours

World-class tours to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

cat-icon Fugitives Drift Lodge, Rorke's Drift, South Africa

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House*****

Luxury accommodation within a Natural Heritage Site in Zululand

cat-icon D31, Rorkes Drift. 3061, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Bets de Bruyn. Artist

Artist in Studio. Painter and sculptor

cat-icon 18 Salisbury Road, Ballito, South Africa

Lavender Moon

Peaceful, tranquil place to rest and recover from a busy day

cat-icon 58 Westridge Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, 4320, South Africa