Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
The Natal Coast
The Natal North Coast
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Set on a rocky promontory, Shaka's Rock has a secluded beach and a large tidal pool. It is said to have been a favourite resort of Shaka when he built his kraal at kwaDukuza. The 'rock' is a promontory over which he is said to have thrown his enemies.
Thompson's Bay has a large tidal pool and a marine trail to High Rock. It is believed that Shaka would test the courage of his warriors by making them leap into the surf from this rock. In the other direction is a natural formation called Hole in the Wall.
Salt Rock is a small resort from which the Zulus were said to have extracted salt and further north, Sheffield Beach where there is excellent snorkelling.
Tinley Manor and Zinkwazi
North again is Tinley Manor beach and the resort of Zinkwazi Beach - named after the fish eagles that frequent its waters. This small town is nestled between the beach and a long lagoon. Tinley Manor beach is reputed to be the closest beach to Johannesburg.
Inland from Shaka's Rock is the sugar village of Umhlali, founded by British settlers in 1850. The name of the town means 'place of waiting' in Zulu because of the time travellers spent in waiting to cross the swollen Umhlali river. The village has a distinctive 'olde worlde' atmosphere.