Welcome to the South Coast
The South Coast in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, is the ultimate holiday destination. For a perfect getaway, from tranquality to extreme adventures, this is the place.
Also called the ‘Hibiscus Coast’, is situated South of the City Durban. When heading south on the N2, lush subtropical vegetation and glimpses of the dark blue Indian Ocean, will mark the beginning of the South Coast. Remember to take out Travel insurance covering road accidents and other incidents.
South Coast beaches
The South Coast has more than 39 beaches.
Blue flag is an international label, awarded to top class beaches. They take in consideration the standard of safety, the quality of the water as well as environmental – and management standards.
South Coast’s 7 Blue Flag beaches
Ramsgate beach Trafalgar beach
Marina beach Hibberdene beach
Southport beach Umzumbe beach
Other popular beaches for swimming
St Michaels beach Southbroom beach
Margate Glenmore beach
Leisure bay Palm beach
Port Edward beach Uvongo beach
Shelly beach Shepstone beach
Umtentweni beach Pennington beach
Scottburgh beach Mpenjati beach
Activities & things to do
Kwazulu Natal is renowned for their surfing. A couple of Surf schools offer boards and lessons should you want to learn or improve your skills. Some of the popular beaches for surfing is at St Michaels-on-Sea, Shelley beach, Port Edward – and Southbroom beach.
Surfing & Kite Surfing
- Canoeing or Paddle boats
- Horse Riding
- Coffee farm
- Butterfly farm
- Banana farm
- Dolphin- & Whale watching
- Scuba diving
- Shark cage diving
- Extreme sports
- Walking trails
Oribi Gorge activities
Where is the Oribi Gorge?
Oribi Gorge is a canyon in southern KwaZulu-Natal. This phenomenal natural paradise lies 25km inland west of Port Shepstone. and 120km south of Durban. It’s name derives from the small, rarely seen Oribi antelope.
Erosion from the Mzimkulwana- and the Mzimkulu rivers cut these spectacular rock kloofs of nearly 30 kilometers long. It’s about 5km wide and over 400m (1300ft) deep.Their crags is covered by subtropical vegetation.
Oribi Gorge encompasses several Hiking trails, Picnic spots, more than 250 different bird species that include 7 species Eagles and 5 species Kingfishers. Wildlife include various antelope, baboons and leopard.
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This photographers paradise is not only famous for it’s spectacular scenery and magnificent wildlife, but also for the exhilarating adrenalin-filled activities. Wild 5 Adventures is situated on the Oribi gorge property and offers a range of mild to extreme activities.
Oribi Gorge swing
Gorge swing at Lehr’s Falls. Wild 5 Adventures offers the world’s highest gorge swing at 165m. Attached to a harness, free fall into the 55-storey Gorge for an experience of a lifetime.
Oribi Gorge Zip Line
Slide at 120 km/h across a lake with breathtaking views of the Oribi Gorge. At Lake Eland you will go up on Africa’s longest (4,5km) and fastest zip line adventure. Remember your Travel insurance for cover adventure sport activities apply here!
Oribi Gorge Prices
Oribi Gorge entrance fee: R60pp, Children under 8: R40 Children under 2: free
Oribi Gorge activities prices
Oribi gorge bungee jumping: neg.
Wild water rafting: R650 per person
Wild water Rafting: 2 day trip: R1 950 per person
Oribi gorge Swing: R650 per person
Oribi gorge Abseil: R500 per person
Oribi gorge Wild Slide: R300 per person
Paintball: R150 per person
Hiking trails: R20 per person (children u/12 pay less)
Oribi gorge nature reserve accommodation:
Hotel oribi: book here!
Oribi gorge self catering: Booking.com
Oribi gorge accommodation Leopard rock
Oribi Gorge Abseiling
Apply for Travel insurance for those unforseen incidents.
Highly recommended! White water rafting down the Umzimkhulu river. Hit the water and go through rapids of different grades for about 4-6 hours.
Adam Grey from Oribi Outdoors specialises in white water rafting tours. He has been working more than 10 years in Whitewater tourism.
Wild 5 Adventures also offer White water tours.
Lake Eland Game reserve
Lake Eland rates
Children under 8: R40
Children under 2: Free
Lake Eland was found in 2003 by two brothers Eric and Trevor Dunstone. This 2500 hectares with diverse ecosystems of coastal forest, bushveld and wetland is a Paradise getaway.
Activities include a self game-drive, mountain bike trails and fishing. Walk across a 80m suspension bridge. There is a fully licensed restaurant and tea garden with a great view.
Oribi gorge self-catering accommodation
Check out affordable accommodation in the area or elsewhere on the South Coast on Booking.com below.
Wild & Wacky Watersports
The Boarder Post offers top adventure activities ranging from cable wakeboarding to tube rides, Speed boat rides, Jet ski rides, Fat boys blob to stand up paddling (SUP).
The Pont Holiday & Water Sport Resort also offer river adventures in the area.
With two world-renowned diving destinations, Aliwal Shoal as well as Protea Banks, the South Coast is ideal for scuba diving and shark cage diving.
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This extended Marine protected area reveals numerous shark species. Here you can find Ragged tooth sharks, Oceanic Black Tip sharks, Zambesi (bull) sharks, Giant Guitar sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks, Blacktip sharks, Copper sharks, Sandtiger-, Tresher-, Spinner- and Whitesharks.
For the bravest and thrill seekers, the ultimate adrenalin rush, however, has to be cageless baited diving with Tiger Sharks. Other species you are likely to encounter include various game fish, moray eels, octopus, rays, whales, dolphins and turtles.
Booking is required! Contact Aqua Planet Dive Centre Located in Shelley beach.
The Sardine run
The Sardine run is one of the greatest ocean migrations and a big event for locals, fishermen and holiday makers. This natural phenomenon can happen anytime between May and August every year.
That is when Millions of sardines move from the colder Cape waters to the warmer waters of KwaZulu-Natal to breed. Travelling north, forming a giant shoal up to about 15km long. The sardines attract many predators including sharks, whales and Dolphins. Game fish like Mackerel, Tuna and birds such as Cape gannets feast on them. The sardines are driven into shallow waters by the predators. Locals, fishermen and holiday makers then scoop up buckets full of these silver creatures. During this time, no one goes to bed hungry, that’s for sure.
St Michael's on sea
St Michaels on sea is a little town on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast between Shelley beach and Uvongo. It has a popular swimming and surfing beach with life savers and a few good restaurants.
The St Michaels Sands Hotel and Timeshare resort are located on the picturesque Hibiscus Coast, 10km from Margate. It overlooks a lagoon and the popular St Michaels beachfront.
For Affordable and Specials on Accommodation in the area, go to Booking.com here!
Self catering South coast KZN
The Hotel offers luxurious rooms with Breakfast. Sea fasing rooms incorporate a kitchenette. The fully equiped self catering Cabanas all have patio’s and private braai facilities.
The Restaurant is of high standard and has a beautifull view. The resort offer entertainment and live music on weekends. Not only is the meals of high standard but very well priced.