The south coast of Natal, shown on the map below, is known for the numerous holiday destinations and retirement villages. The North Coast - from Durban to the Mozambique border - is some 500 kilometers, is less populated, with only one major town at Richard's Bay.
Although the Indian Ocean is much warmer here - up to 27 degrees - than at Cape Point in the south, the coastline is rocky, and lacks the long sandy beaches found along the Cape coastline.
The tidal pools are shown in order from the Port Edward in the south, to the Brighton Beach in Durban.
The first tidal pool from the south is at Palm Beach in Port Edward.
The tidal pool at Breakerview Bay has been silted up.
The Marina Beach tidal pools are close to the upmarket holiday resort at San Lameer.
The rocks and tidal pools ant Granny's Pools in Southbroom are an attraction for self-confident children. The Hotel Pool, as it was known, was originally built by Frank Eyles in 1937, in front of the Hotel where the Admiralty apartments stand today. When the hotel was demolished in 1984 the tidal pool became affectionately known as Grannies Pool as it is a lovely safe swimming area for the elderly and toddlers. Click here and here to read more about the historyof this typical south coast resort town.
Below the pools can be seen against a backdrop of a seagull feeding frenzy as the annual sardine run passes by.
The Main Beach tidal pool in Southbroom was built in 1961, and revamped in 2014.
Click here to see a video of the pool and beach in use.
Ramsgate beach tidal pool
The adjoining town of Margate also has two tidal pools. The first is on Marine drive. In 2014 this tidal pool was also upgraded.
The second pool is located on Lilliecrona drive, further north.
The Uvongo coastline is almost entirely rocky- with two tidal pools.
On the northern part of Uvongo, next to the Cbali restaurant.
A few 100 meters north is the Shelley Beach tidal pool, at the ski boat club.
North of Shelley beach is the former port of Port Shepstone, located at the mouth of the Umzimkulu river. Founded in 1880 after deposits of marble were found in the area, the port was abandoned after the river silted up. The town stretches from Shelley Beach to northern suburb of Melville.
Click here to see an underwater video of the tidal pool, found near the Stages restaurant.
Past Port Shepstone is the small resort village of Umtentwini, with a small tidal pool.
The next tidal pool is at Southport.
Past the municipal tidal pool in Southport is the pool at the Villa Siesta Vakansieoord - which probably means the pool was built by the resort owners.
Banana Beach in Melville tidal pool.
Past Port Shepstone is the small resort town of Umzumbe.
Twenty kilometers north of Umzumbe is another resort town at Umtwalume.
Just 8 km's further north is the Ifafa Beach caravan park, which has a large tidal pool.
Past Ifafa is the resort and retirement village of Pennington.
Park Rynie is in the town of Scottburough, which is yet another resort town along the Natal south coast.
Scottburgh was the first town laid out along the coast south of Durban in 1860, and it became a municpality in 1964. The tidal pool is unique as one of the few tidal pools alomg the entire South African coast that has a plastered and painted inside.
Just a few kilometres north of Scottburgh is Umkomaas where a big tidal pool was built by the local diving shool.The ragged tooth sharks at Aliwal shoal to the east of the Unkomaas river mouth is an international attraction .
The resort town of Amanzimtoti, hometown of Penny Heyns and Gary Brinkman, was stared in 1847 when an American started a mission station there, and by 1902 the 'town' had 1 hotel, 3 or 4 houses and 12 huts on the lagoon, that were used as holiday shacks.
Today it also has three tidal pools. The first is at Winkelspruit, which as a tiled saltwater pool.
Past WInkelspruit lies the surfing beaches at Warner Beach. Click here to see a video of this beach.
The thrid tidal pool, at Toti main beach, is well known and much photographed.
The second image shows why tidal pools are needed along this coast, as it is engulfed by waves. Click here to see a video of the storm surf at Amazimtoti.
North Amazimtoti - 19 km's south of Durban, lies Isipingo, with two tidal pools.
The first is known a Tiger rocks.
In the Durban southern suburb of Bluff, lies the Brighton Beach tidal pool.
Past Bluff is the Durban harbour, and beyond is the Natal North Coast.
Click here to see the tidal pools of the north coast.