Destinations & Attractions in South Coast, in Durban

South Coast Destinations & Attractions

The South Coast of South Africa is defined by its endless beaches, balmy weather conditions, gorgeous seaside towns and beautiful hibiscus flowers. It stretches between Amanzimtoti to Port Edward, and comprises a magnificent array of coastal gems and picturesque landscapes.

These landscapes boast a unique combination of lagoons, beaches, grassy hills and sub-tropical forests to create an idyllic destination. It is no wonder that this is the venue of choice for many a seaside holiday for friends and families. Several of the beaches have achieved Blue Flag status. This is an internationally recognised status that is given to beaches that are not only safe and clean, but also promote conservation and educate the public. Blue Flag beaches along the South Coast include Ramsgate, San Lameer, Hibberdene and Margate Main Beach.

Golfing enthusiasts are sure to be kept very busy on the South Coast, which is home to no fewer than nine 18-hole golf courses. These include the country clubs of Margate, Scottburgh, Selborne, Umkomaas, and Port Shepstone. Some of the courses have hotels and spas attached, ensuring that the family will also enjoy the experience while you spend a day on the greens.

Amanzimtoti is a coastal town that is popular for its gorgeous beaches and laid-back atmosphere. It is also home to Splash Water World, which is a water park that combines adventure and fun for the whole family. There are 11 waterslides as well as an impressive swimming pool and a river on which to tube. A braai area means that you can spend the whole day in the park, enjoying the hot weather for which the South Coast is famous. The park is situated right next to a safe swimming beach too.

The entire South Coast region is extremely popular amongst adventure sportsmen and –women that are looking for a rush. Popular options for these ones include ziplining, gorge swinging, abseiling, rock climbing, deep-sea diving, mountain biking, and jet-skiing.

The Empisini Nature Reserve, Ilanda Wilds Reserve and Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve showcase the abundance and beauty of the South Coast to perfection. These have a number of hiking and walking trails, and are each home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals. Bird-watching enthusiasts are reminded to bring along their binoculars, as these reserves boast plenty of exciting avian species.

Crocworld, Pure Venom Reptile Park and Riverbend Crocodile Farm are just awesome. These parks are home to a huge variety of animals, but focus on reptiles and crocodiles, which are always exciting to witness up close and personally. Some are indigenous to South Africa, while others are exotic species. Even those that do not have a particular liking for these types of animals will be impressed.

Amanzimtoti

The beautiful seaside retreat of Amanzimtoti offers its welcome visitors the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the hot, humid weather so typical of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a fabulous spot for watersports and those that are looking ...

Anerley

Anerley is a popular vacation spot during the holiday season, but is a quiet escape for the rest of the year. Its gorgeous beaches and almost year-round sunshine make it an idyllic spot in which to relax and enjoy the South ...

Bazley

Just north of the Fafa River, surrounded by green sugarcane fields, is the popular seaside village of Bazley. Its glorious beaches lure tourists during the school holidays, making Bazley the hub of family-centred fun and ...

Clansthal

Clansthal is known for its laid back ambience and breath-taking beach. It is a small village with irresistible allure, all within only 40 kilometres from Durban. It is also home to the Green Point Lighthouse, which is a National ...

Doonside

Perched on the banks of the Little Manzimtoti River, within the balmy province of KwaZulu-Natal on the eastern coast of South Africa, lies the small coastal resort town of Doonside. With an area of only a fraction more than one ...

Elysium

Elysium is situated in the Umdoni Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. A small village nestled between Mtwalume and Ifafa Beach, Elysium’s tranquillity, beauty and peacefulness is what attracts most visitors to its shores. In ...

Glenmore Beach

Glenmore Beach is known for its excellent swimming and surfing conditions, making it one of the prime spots to visit during any holiday in the area. It is also a particularly abundant stretch of coastline; a great fishing and ...

Harding

The town of Harding is situated in the beautiful South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, where balmy summers and tropical vegetation abound. This little farming town is an administrative centre with its focus on agriculture, ...

Hibberdene

Hibberdene may be a small, quiet town, but it is extremely popular amongst holiday-makers and locals that want to indulge in its pretty beaches. Of its five lovely beaches, four have shark nets to ensure that bathers are safe. ...

Ifafa

Ifafa is a Zulu expression meaning ‘place of sparkling waters’ or ‘sparkling one’. The legend goes that King Shaka arrived at a place with beautiful views over a lagoon where the river meets the Indian Ocean and he named this ...

Illovo Beach

The warm blue of the Indian Ocean laps stretches of white sand, testifying to the undeniable natural splendour of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is these idyllic conditions that characterise the holiday resort ...

Kelso

Kelso is nestled on the Umdoni Coast of South Africa. Kelso was once an important link in the transportation of sugar by boat down the Umzinto River to larger vessels out at sea. Today, it has become an oasis for many who wish to ...

Kingsburgh

Kingsburgh and Amanzimtoti are usually lumped together as a southern addendum to Durban, despite lying 40 km outside the city. There is some geographical truth to their being spoken about in one breath – they do lie alongside ...

Leisure Bay

Leisure Bay, on the lower south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, nestles in amongst Glenmore Beach, Munster, Palm Beach and Trafalgar Beach, one more little seaside village that beckons with unspoilt swimming beaches, gorgeous ...

Manaba Beach

Pretty and popular Manaba Beach lies just north of Margate, still within Margate's jurisdiction. More often than not Margate and Manaba Beach are spoken about in the same breath. Certainly luxury accommodation is advertised as ...

Margate

The holiday town of Margate is the very hub of the Hibiscus Coast, and is famous for its awesome diving spots. It has a distinctly tropical look and feel, making it a very special destination amongst those looking for sea, sand ...

Marina Beach

Marina Beach has earned its Blue Flag status, which is an international title awarded to beaches that are not only safe and beautiful, but also do their fair share in conservation and education ...

Melville Beach

Melville Beach offers the ultimate in peaceful coastal retreats. It boasts seemingly endless stretches of beach, complete with beautiful shells and fabulous weather conditions almost all year round. The somewhat tropical ...

Mtwalume

Mtwalume is a small seaside village situated in the Umdoni Coast of KwaZulu Natal. This quaint village was named after the Mtwalume tree, the bark of which was traditionally used by the Zulus for medicinal purposes. The ...

Munster

Munster is a small village with an extraordinary dollop of exquisite scenery. The beach has shark nets to make for a safe swimming and surfing environment, and the surrounding landscape is exceedingly beautiful ...

Oribi Flats

As its name implies, the Oribi Flats of the Ezingoleni Rural region lie, well, stretched out or flat in view of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve and its tumescent gorges, waterfalls and rock faces. Actually Oribi Gorge is one of two ...

Oribi Gorge

The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is made scenically wonderful by its varied terrain, consisting of mountains, valleys and forests. A hiker’s paradise, Oribi Gorge is home to many wildlife species, including a huge variety of birds ...

Oslo Beach

Oslo Beach is considered to be an extended suburb of Port Shepstone, although it is a little village in its own rights. It is a wonderfully serene getaway from the city, and is great for swimming, surfing, sunbathing and shell ...

Palm Beach

Palm Beach village is perched at the southernmost tip of the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Its exquisite beaches are inviting, and the birdlife that the entire region attracts is not to be missed ...

Park Rynie

Park Rynie is situated in the Umdoni Coast in KwaZulu Natal. Park Rynie is a small village, tranquil and unique, offering excellent holiday getaways. Rocky Bay is a beautiful swimming beach with shark nets for safe swimming as ...

Pennington

Pennington is a stunning resort on the South Coast, acclaimed for its extraordinary natural vistas, incredible beaches and safe tidal pools. It also has an interesting historical element to it, adding to its intrigue and allure ...

Port Edward

Port Edward is a pretty little holiday town that retains its peaceful, pretty vibe all year round. Its beaches are protected, making swimming and surfing safe. This is one of the area’s most popular fishing spots too ...

Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone is one of the hottest vacation spots in South Africa, popular for its unspoilt beaches and plentiful supply of things to do and see. It is fabulous for watersports enthusiasts or families that simply want to relax ...

Pumula

Pumula exudes the appeal of the raw beauty of the African coastline. It is quiet, even in peak seasons, allowing its few select visitors to enjoy the untouched loveliness of the beach, which is great for fishing and paddling, but ...

Ramsgate

Ramsgate may be small and quaint, but it is a popular tourist destination, even for those that live quite close by. This scenic retreat is famous for its excellent fishing and bird-watching opportunities, as well as the many ...

San Lameer

San Lameer is an exquisite development within the quiet serenity of a nature reserve. This is the idyllic home of a number of antelope species, who roam unhindered, as well as a championship golf course. It also has a number of ...

Scottburgh

With its combination of white beaches, dense forests and verdant hills, it is no wonder that Scottburgh is known for its incredible splendour. This area was once inhabited by the Zulu King, Shaka, and it still boasts a rich ...

Sea Park

The balmy, humid conditions of Sea Park complement its scenic beach, which is carpeted in lush indigenous vegetation. It remains a quiet holiday resort for families that know about this little gem, and is home to only a small ...

Selborne

Selborne Park is a stunning, elegant estate that boasts absolutely beautiful landscapes as well as a gorgeous golf course. It also has other sporting facilities, as well as a swimming pool and an abundance of natural wonders and ...

Shelly Beach

The welcoming little town of Shelly Beach is scenically lovely and known for its hospitality. Although it remains serene, it is developing into a popular hotspot for residential areas. The ocean, tidal pools and lagoons make for ...

Southbroom

The lush little haven of Southbroom is one of the South Coast’s favourite holiday destinations. It is famous for its tropical floral abundance, giving it a very pretty ambience. It has gorgeous beaches and rock pools, making it a ...

Southport

This picturesque little beach town is secluded and quiet, despite being only eight kilometres from the many amenities of Port Shepstone. It is also close to Margate, Shelly Beach and St Michaels ...

St Michaels On Sea

St Michaels on Sea is best known for its picturesque beaches and awesome surfing conditions. It is flanked by Margate and Port Shepstone, making it accessible to the many surfing enthusiasts that come to its coast every year. ...

Sunwich Port

Sunwich Port is nestled in the lush valley, along the banks of the Damba River. Its spectacular beach stretches on as far as the eye can see, and is protected by shark nets to make it safe for swimming. This little hamlet is ...

Trafalgar

Trafalgar is about peaceful vistas, gorgeous beaches and relaxing within a laidback environment. The beaches have shark nets, making them safe swimming and surfing beaches, even for little ones. It is a short drive from bigger ...

Umgababa

The little coastal town of Umgababa lies roughly 36 kilometres south of Durban, just south of Illovo Beach and north of Umkomaas, in the same stretch of coastline as Amanzimtoti. At first glance Umgababa is little more than a ...

Umkomaas

Perched atop the hills of KwaZulu-Natal, Umkomaas offers some breath-taking views of the ocean and the green countryside. It is famous for its SCUBA diving spots, being home to the Aliwal Shoal, which showcases some of the ...

Umtentweni

A mere two kilometres from Port Shepstone is the idyllic retreat of Umtentweni, which is located at the Mtentweni River mouth. This is the perfect seaside retreat, offering all of the fun and excitement that comes with ...

Umzinto

Named after the Mzinto River, Umzinto is located on the Umdoni Coast in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The Umzinto River is so named because of its destructive nature during floods. The planters and millers started growing cane on ...

Umzumbe

Umzumbe is one of the laidback, peaceful getaways of the Hibiscus Coast. Flanked by two rivers, the landscape is occupied by dense wild dune forests, and the views of the Indian Ocean are impressive. This is a sleepy little ...

Uvongo

The beaches of Uvongo remain secluded and quiet; little gems along the Hibiscus Coast that have not yet been discovered by masses of tourists. The town is known for its hospitality, which complements the prettiness all around ...

Warner Beach

The coastal village of Warner Beach lies just south of Kingsburgh, and north of Winklespruit, on the coast south of Amanzimtoti. Divided by the Outer Ring Road into two little villages - a section that lies right at the beach ...

Widenham

Pretty Widenham lies in the lower reaches of Umkomaas on the southern side of the Mkhomazi River mouth, roughly 50 kilometres south of Durban. Largely residential and filled with lovely beach cottages, the area is geared for ...

Winklespruit

Winklespruit is flanked by Warner Beach and Illovo, and is characterised by lovely landscapes and the inviting warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The beaches of this little village are protected; safe for swimming and surfing ...
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