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SSummer in KwaZulu-Natal is hot and the water calls for a surf or swim, but make sure you get out at first light onshore for some of the best waves in the world. The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is divided into three zones: Durban, North Coast and South Coast.
Durban, or Surf City, has The Golden Mile with its perfect beaches tucked between a series of piers. These are all consistent beach breaks capable of holding sizeable winter swell and summer cyclone swell.
TThe most popular of these are: Bay of Plenty; New Pier; North Beach; Wedge and Dairy beaches. Further south towards the harbour, uShaka and Vetches only pick up when massive southerly winter swells wrap around the harbour and onto the reef.
South of the harbour, Bluff beaches meet the oncoming swell providing solid surfing conditions at the likes of Ansteys, Cave Rock, Brighton and Garvies. Of these, Cave Rock offers the biggest, best waves, but, with a reef bottom, only experienced surfers should brave these waters.