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TOURISM

DID YOU KNOW?

The South Coast of KwaZulu Natal is a popular endless summer for all strip of coastland that trails down from the holiday mecca of Amanzimtoti, the beach playground just outside of Durban, all the way to Port Edward.

THE SOUTH COAST BEACHES

The South Coast of South Africa boasts spectacular beaches, and weather to boot. The warm Indian Ocean waters and the long stretches of sand make for the ideal conditions in which to swim, surf, snorkel, and suntan.
The South Coast is a collection of golden beaches, lagoons, rocky coves, grassy slopes, warm Indian Ocean waters, perpetually sunny weather, sub-tropical forests, and vegetation that draws the crowds, particularly during the festive season. The South Coast, which includes the Hibiscus Coast, named such for the perpetual Hibiscus trees in evidence along the coast, is also strewn with numerous nature reserves, hiking trails, snorkelling and diving locations, and some excellent golf courses, including two of the country’s top ten.

Often compared to the state of Florida in the US, the South Coast is strewn with river inlets that cut inland from the coast, and provide wonderful birdlife as well as opportunities to paddle upstream along estuaries and lagoons. Aliwal Shoal (near Umkomaas) is a diving destination of note, while Protea Banks, but a little way further south, is deemed one of the world’s top shark dives.

The South Coast also has plenty of blue-flag status beachesHibberdene, Margate Main beach, San Lameer and Ramsgate – all meet pre-requisites for water quality, environmental education and information, safety and services. Even winter has its share of highlights with the sardine run – followed as it is by dolphins, other large fish and thousands of sea birds – it is a spectacle to behold.

This beautiful part of South Africa is one of the few places where licking an ice-cream cone, whilst strolling the seafront promenade, is a winter-getaway prerequisite.

There are always lifeguards on duty and the shark nets in place, almost every beach along this stretch of the South African coastline is safe for young and old alike. For very little ones, many of the beaches have tidal pools, which are just full of exciting finds.

The South Coast is also home to a number of Blue Flag beaches, which means that these ones have met the strict criteria and are in line with some of the finest beaches around the world. These include Ramsgate, Hibberdene, Margate, and Marina beaches. Some of the other South Coast beaches are St Michaels on Sea, Lucien Beach, Banana Beach, Clansthal Beach, and Southbroom.

All year round there are great waves in the South Coast and the region is the spot of choice for surfers, both local and international. SCUBA diving, snorkelling and shark cage diving are also popular, particularly for those wanting a real thrill, while others may simply prefer to watch the dolphins and whales frolic in the ocean waters.