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

Sharleen Boaden. Artist- painter

Artist and Crafter Studio: Painter

cat-icon 11 Glen Garry, 8 Churchill Ave, La Lucia Ridge

Moorcroft Manor****

Luxury boutique country hotel in magnificent setting

cat-icon Sani Road, Himeville, South Africa
cat-icon 14 Newsel Road, Selection Beach, Umdloti, South Africa

Tinley Manor Hil’s B & B

Idyllic retreat 50 m from the beach

cat-icon 149 Lagoon Drive Tinley Manor ​ Dolphin Coast. Kwazulu Natal 4390

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

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

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

World Heritage Site of unique and varied biodiversity including wetland and marine reserve

cat-icon iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Cape Vidal Camp

Wilderness experience encompassing pristine beach holiday, marine and wildlife viewing

cat-icon Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetlank Park, South Africa

Kearsney Manor

Historic colonial mansion and original home of the Hulett family.

cat-icon R74, Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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