An 80km stretch of beautiful beaches, glossy mangroved lagoons and canopied milkwood forests. Balmy weather, warm Indian Ocean waters and easy attitudes give the South Coast a year-round holiday feel.
What to see and do
South Coast’s golden beaches are renowned as being safe and clean. Swimming and surfing beaches are protected by shark nets.
No wetsuits needed to surf the many point and beach breaks. Early birds can get plenty of swell, especially in winter. Spots are uncrowded.
The Oribi Gorge Swing
Highest in the world. Jump off a cliff next to a waterfall. Freefall for 75m. Swing out for 100m. Get winched up. Quick, easy and thrilling.
Diving at Protea Banks
Shark diving without the cage. Ragged-tooths, hammerheads, zambezis and even great whites are visitors. A dive advised for experienced divers.
This beach escape town is bounded by the spectacular Umtamvuna River Gorge and its lush forest. Idyllic beaches are popular with surfers and fishermen. The light house and, what some of the locals claim to be the world’s smallest desert are worth seeing.
Backpacker hostels in Port Edward
Southboom is one of those seaside towns that feel like a small village with the advantage of being close to necessities. This coastal town has pristine beach dunes, with eco friendly and informed residence who have protected their dunes. This makes for a pleasant walk between Southbrooms’ two swimming beaches, where you can cool off in one of the two tidal pools. There is also a beautiful natural forest that surrounds the area.
Backpacker hostels in Southbroom
Trafalgar is a town with a beautiful beach which has been declared a marine reserve. It is thought to have fossils that are as old as 90 million years. Snorkeling in Trafalgar is a dream, the subtropical temperatures attract tropical fish, petrified wood and shell fish. The beach is long beautiful and sandy; it is also known to be a decent surf spot.
There are also a few hiking trails at the neighbouring Mprnjathi Nature Reserve.
Backpacker hostels in Trafalgar
A popular destination with sardine run enthusiasts, whale and dolphin watchers, surfers, dog walkers and sun loungers. It is only 2 km from Port Shepstone, a place with restaurants, shops, banks and bus connections. It is named after the Umtentweni River, which is named after a type of grass that grows along the river.
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