Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Tongaat

The name Tongaat was derived from the Tongaat River, the Zulu word for the Strychmos macheni trees, which flourish on it’s banks. The N4 North bound to Tongaat runs along a scenic stretch of unspoilt beaches i.e. La Mercy Beach, Casuarine and Westbrook Beach. Attractions in Tongaat includes the beautiful Amanzimnyama Park and the Braek Village Temple which holds one of the largest Kavady Festivals during the Easter period. The town is the centre for Tongaat Sugar Estates.


How to get there - Verulam 30 km

Average Temperatures – Summer 32°c; Winter 22°c

Dams – Pringle

Rivers – Tongai


Braek Village Temple - One of the oldest temples, still used as a prayer venue


Annual Events

Amanzimnyama Park

Kavady Festivals – April

Tongaat CBD

Tongaat Market

Crocodile Creek

Forty minutes north of Durban. Exciting, fascinating, live demonstration with crocodiles set in natural bush location overlooking the Tongaat River Valley. Take the N2 North exit 202 or 210 inland till you see the signboards. Enjoy the personal, informal manner in which the experienced guides handle and explain the fascinating lifestyles of crocodiles. Sungazers, tortoises, snakes and thousands of crocodiles are to be seen. From 700 kg monsters to cute little hatchlings weighing less than 70 g. sit in the thatched Lapa enjoying a tasty Crocodile delight or other refreshments. Unique African curios and leather goods for sale.


This is a desolate, unspoilt stretch of coastline, with the settlement consisting mainly of fishermen’s cottages and a caravan park offering some attractive camp sites. The Harolds Johnson Nature Reserve is situated near the mouth of the Tugela River.

Accommodation in and around Tongaat

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