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Named after the fish eagle that inhabits the area, Zinkwazi Beach is located on the KwaZulu-Natal coast alongside a river of the same name. Zinkwazi is the idyllic beach getaway, the unspoilt beach overlooked by a protected area known as the Zinkwazi-Blythedale Conservancy. The conservancy is well managed to ensure that Zinkwazi, the lagoon and surrounding indigenous forest remains pristine.
This section of the coastline is known as the Dolphin Coast for the vast number of dolphins that regular visit these shores, the most common being the bottlenose dolphin. The subtropical climate is warm throughout the year and rarely does one need a jacket, even in the dead of winter!
Although somewhat secluded, Zinkwazi Beach is a mere 20 minutes away from Ballito’s lively restaurant and club scene. There are a number of golf courses nearby and nature reserves further inland.
Top 6 reasons to visit Zinkwazi Beach
1. Laze away the days on Zinkwaze Beach. The warm Indian Ocean waters beckon swimmers and surfers, while the random rock pools will keep children entertained for hours.
2. Travel to the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve located on the banks of the mighty Tugela River. There are a number of buck species, zebra and monkeys on view while the reserve has 2 national monuments: the Ultimatum Tree is where Zulu king Cetshwayo was given an ultimatum by the British to pay taxes and return stolen cattle and the 1878-built Fort Pearson, which has only trenches remaining from the original structure.
3. The superb 18-hole links course at the Prince’s Grant Golf Estate is regarded as one of the best – and most scenic – golf courses in the country. Most of the holes have fine ocean views.
4. Pack a picnic basket and find a quiet spot near the reeds on the lagoon embankment to go birding. There have been over 250 bird... Show more
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