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

Saunter 6

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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

Ballito Boardwalk

Beautiful 70 minute walk with boardwalk then along lovely beaches with tidal pools

cat-icon The Galley Beach Bar & Grill Seafood Restaurant, Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Gooderson DumaZulu Traditional Zulu Village

Traditional Zulu way of life experienced in a real village

cat-icon Lot 29, Bushlands Road, Hluhlwe, KwaZulu-Natal

Fort Nongqayi, Eshowe

History of Zulu British relations & an outstanding basketry and clay art museum

The Raffia Palm Forest, Mtunzini

The cathedral like Raffia Palm Forest with the largest palms in the world

cat-icon Raffia Palm Forest, Umlalazi Nature Reserve, South Africa

Olive- A- Twist

Deliciously flavoured Olives & various Olive products, including some unusual creations!!

cat-icon Outlet Park, 59 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, South Africa

SOil -Organic Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Visit our organic family farm to see essential oils evolve from nature

cat-icon Windermere Farm, Gingindlovu, KwaZulu Natal

One- on- Hely****

One-on-Hely Guesthouse offers 4 star accommodation to the discerning traveller.

cat-icon 1 Hely Hutchinson Road, Mtunzini, South Africa
cat-icon 14 Newsel Road, Selection Beach, Umdloti, South Africa

Great Railroad Brewing

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Craft beer micro brewery tours and tastings. Delicious G & T too

cat-icon Canton Office Park, Shakashead, Imbonini

Thonga Beach Lodge*****

A civilized distance from civilization is this pristine wilderness beach destination

cat-icon Thonga Beach Lodge. Mabibi Bay, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal

Mindgame Escape

Unleash your inner detective

cat-icon Mindgame Escape, Unit 25, Granada Square,16 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, South Africa

Seaforth Farm Bed & Breakfast****

Excellent accommodation on an organic working farm with sea view!

cat-icon Seaforth Farm, R102, Shakaskraal, Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Fairlight Beach House****

Breathtaking seaview, upmarket accommodation just steps from a wonderful beach

cat-icon 1 Margaret Bacon Avenue, Umdloti Beach, Umdloti, South Africa
cat-icon 12 South Beach Road, Umdloti Beach, Umdloti, South Africa

Holla Trails

350 kilometers of awesome mountain-bike and running trails

cat-icon Sugar Rush Park, Esenembe Road, Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Imbizo Gallery-The Pearls

Where art is the expression of ourselves

cat-icon Shop A25 and A26, Pearl Walk, Umhlanga, McCausland Crescent, Umhlanga, South Africa

Jane Digby. Artist – painter

Artist Studio. Painter8 Turkeyberry Lane,

cat-icon 8 Turkeyberry Lane, Simbithi Eco Estate, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, 4420, South Africa

Marian Mattinson. Artist- painter

Artist and Crafter Studio- painter

cat-icon 3 Foxon Lane, 3, Mtunzini, South Africa
cat-icon Seaforth Farm, R102, Shakaskraal, Dolphin Coast, South Africa
cat-icon 35 Pyrgos, Santorini, 101 Ocean Drive, Shaka's Rock, Ballito, South Africa
cat-icon Unit 2, The Fairways, 89 Fairways Reach, Mount Edgecombe Country Estate 2, Mount Edgecombe, Durban Metro, South Africa