Living in Mtunzini
MTUNZINI is a gem of town, bustling and full of spirit, nestled in one of the most picturesque spots on the north coast of KZN.
While it has all the hallmarks of being off the beaten track - miles of pristine beach, modest development, a laid-back lifestyle, a close-knit community - Mtunzini is actually perfectly positioned between the cities of uMhlathuze and Durban to be a stone's throw from either hub, with all the benefits of 'small town' living.
Living in Mtunzini
The Zulu word eMthunzini means 'a place in the shade' - but most of the residents and visitors spend their days in the sun - fishing, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking and boating.
Blessed with a sub-tropical climate (humid summers and mild winters) and a high annual rainfall, Mtunzini (or The Village, as the locals call it) boasts a clean, safe, peaceful and abundant environment with a stunning outlook over the uMlalazi Nature Reserve and the sea.
Officially declared a Conservancy in 1995, the town has also been awarded for its commitment to the preservation of its natural heritage.
A grove of Raphia palms beside the railway line is one of the few declared natural monuments in the country, and is also the perfect place to spot rare Palmnut Vultures which nest near the top of the palms.
For visitors and residents, there is an eco-friendly timber boardwalk winding through the swamp forest, providing easy access to the heart of the grove of Raphia palms.
Mtunzini boasts a variety of leisure activities - including a challenging nine-hole 71-par golf course, fishing, water skiing, tennis, bowls and horse riding. The Mtunzini Athletic Club also hosts two successful annual sporting events that draw visitors from around the province - the 16km Bush Run and the mountain-bike Mtunzini Classic.
Mtunzini, with a wide variety of accommodation options from hotels to cosy B&Bs, is the ideal base from which to explore the nearby game reserves and historical attractions, including the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the battlefields around eShowe.
The beautiful restaurants in the Village draw regular visitors from Richards Bay, Empangeni, eShowe and even Durban, as they are known for both their beautiful outdoor dining areas as well as their top-class menus.
The main road through town is lined on one side with stores, cafés and bustling enterprises, while the opposite side of the street offers endless views of the ocean.