Crocodile Creek :
Tours, demonstrations and feeding of over 7,000 Nile crocodiles. The Waterhole with crocodile specialities, the Trading Post selling croc leather goods and curios and the Bush Walk with a beautiful waterfall and prodigious birds and monkeys.
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Tel/Fax : 032 944 3845.
Deep Sea Fishing :
Flag Farm Animal Farm :
For the kids - pony rides, cart rides, feed the chickens, hug a bunny, cows, goats, geese. A tea garden serves light meals.
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Tel : 032 947 2018
North Coast Dolphin Viewing & Whale Watching.
Deep Sea Fishing Charters. Sightseeing trips along the coastline. All trips weather permitting. SAMSA approved with necessary safety equipment.
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The SAPPI Paper Mill :
Friday tours by arrangement only (although the mill is open daily) and the Tranquil - a Bird Hide - prior booking required. There is a profusion of waders and waterbirds and groups are restricted to a maximum of ten.
Tel : 032 437-2222.
The Morewood Memorial Gardens near Ballito was the site of South Africa's first sugar mill. Situated at Compensation near the Esenembi Road.
Microlight Flights : Magnificient aerials views of the coastline.
Scuba Diving: There are a number of interesting dive locations nearby. Contact Dive Nautique, Ballito (0825532834).
"Common Birds of the North Coast" written by Bing Comrie & beautifully illustrated by well-known artist Heather Sclater (both reside in Blythedale Beach) is an ideal booklet for visiting "birders". It describes local birding sites and how to get there. For sale at Minivillas office and other local outlets.
Nearby & Historical Attractions
LUTHULI MUSEUM :
The Luthuli Museum is a declared national institution commemorating the life, history & philosophies of Africa's first Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Near Groutville.
The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is 100 hectares in extent, on the south banks of the Tugela River, 6km from it's mouth. Wildlife species which occur in the reserve include zebra, bushbuck, impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose, porcupine and bushpig. Birdlife is abundant with a total of almost 200 recorded species. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous thornveld which attracts 114 recorded species of butterflies. There are 7kms of nature walks within the reserve. Picnic and braai sites.
Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree :
The fort was built in 1878 and lies within the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve. Under the Ultimatum Tree, the Zulu chiefs gathered at the end of 1878 to hear the ultimatum given by the British that led to the 1879 AngloZulu War. Fort Tenedos was built by the British during this war and lies directly across the Tugela River from Fort Pearson. Tel : (032) 486-1574
Website : www.wildlife.com
The eNdondakusuka Battlefield is the scene of possibly the bloodiest battle to be fought on South African soil when, in 1856, Prince Cetshwayo battled his brother Mbuyasi for the right to be king of the Zulus. Reputedly, 20,000 warriors died in hand to hand fighting. Cetshwayo eventually defeated his brother and became king.
The Amatikulu Nature Reserve features giraffe, zebra and antelope and is the spot where the largest crocodile in South Africa was caught. Canoes & pontoons can be hired.
Tel : 032.4530155.
The Natal Sharks Board located in Umhlanga is a very popular attraction, being the only institute of its kind in the world. A 26 minute presentation introduces visitors to the world of the shark and there are shark dissections, a large shark display hall and a curio shop. Visitors can also go out with Sharks Board officers in the early morning to see how they service the shark nets off Durban's Golden Mile.
Website : www.shark.co.za
The Nandi Experience is a three hour celebration of Shaka's mother and begins with an audiovisual presentation followed by a guided tour through Shakaland's royal kraal where visitors learn more about Zulu culture, beer making, ancient lore and pottery. Zulu drums signal the start of the 40 minute Zulu dance show after which, visitors enjoy a Zulu meal at the Shisa Nyama restaurant
Website : www.shakaland.com
Attractions Further Afield :
There are three world renowned game reserves within an easy day's drive of Blythedale Beach.
For further information, visit the KwaZulu Wildlife website - www.wildlife.org
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