In this holiday makers dream guide, we take a look at the top things to do on the KZN South Coast
The beautiful stretch of coastline from Amanzimtoti to Port Edward has developed into the ideal playground for locals and international tourists alike.
The KZN South coast offers some extreme bucket list adventures and a good variety of outdoor attractions. Some things to look out for include jumping off a 165m waterfall, mountain biking through the beautiful South African nature reserves, walking on a swing bridge or even tubing down a state of the art South Coast water slides.
MARGATE THINGS TO DO
GPS: -30.854968, 30.372118|Phone: +27 39 312 1514 | Facebook
Kart Freaks in Margate offers epic Go Kart tracks to challenge and race your friends. There are also quad bikes with an ATV track, paintball, restaurant, sweet shop, car wash and trailer hire available.
The Cock and Tail Cafe
GPS: -30.862050, 30.370845 | Phone: +27 39 312 2383 | Website
Best cocktails, mocktails or jam jars on the Hibiscus coast with a relaxing sea view. The bar is beautifully laid out with a wooden deck outside and a large sitting area inside.
Pool tables are available and plenty of big screens to watch sport. The bar often hosts events and bands, check out their website for more information.
Surf Action Margate – Surf up!
GPS: -30.863712, 30.369992 | Phone: +27 39 317 3604 | Website
The surf shop with a history! Action Surf is owned by Ant Brodowicz who in 1978 became the 7th ISA World surfing champion. This surf shop will have everything you looking for: accessories, clothing, skate, surf, and body boards. Surf lessons are also on offer!
If you lucky you may even be served by the legend himself who is truly a genuine person. Check out the website it’s loaded with information.
RAMSGATE THINGS TO DO
The Waffle House
GPS: -30.887690, 30.347854 | Phone: +27 39 314 9424 | Website
This historical South Coast landmark is nestled in the tranquil sub-tropical edge of the Ramsgate Lagoon. The chocolate chip waffle is a favourite or try one of their unique savoury waffle.
Finish your visit with a leisurely walk across the quaint wooden bridge to the beautiful Ramsgate beach for a swim or a laze on the sand. Can get very busy in the season so go early!
Resonant Circle in Ramsgate
GPS: -30.888393, 30.348338 | No Website Available
This is pretty cool! It works with acoustics if you stand in the centre of the compass and face in the exact SW position then say your name loud, it echos all around you. A very interesting science lesson!
Canoe or paddle boat up Bilanhlolo River
GPS: -30.888826, 30.348889| No Website Available
On Ramsgate Beach next to the famous Waffle House is a path that takes you to the beach. You can hire a canoe or paddle boat for the whole family and go up the Bilanhlolo River.
Lobster Pot Restaurant
GPS: -30.890221, 30.347297 | Phone: +27 39 314 9809 | Facebook
A great seafood and grill spot! The four-course Sunday lunches are the best! This gem in Ramsgate has been around for more than 50 years and is an iconic landmark. If you love seafood this is the place!
Butterfly Valley – Butterfly Farm
GPS: -30.887196, 30.340075 | Phone: +27 39 314 9809| Website
What makes Ramsgate Butterfly Valley so unique is that they specialise in breading butterflies that are from South Africa. Butterfly Valley witness the entire life-cycle of the butterfly and the share these beautiful creatures with the public to view.
GPS: -30.890507, 30.347066 | Phone: +27 39 314 9886 | Facebook
Once you step inside Burlesque Café, you’ll quickly be swept up into whatever fantasy is on offer for the day. The decor is very dramatic and unique so if you looking for a different experience this is where you need to go!
I love that their menu is seasonal and changes four times a year. All the food is organic and fresh supporting local suppliers, farmers and fisherman. The cafe makes a very unique dining experience.
Ramsgate Relics and Antiques
GPS: -30.890346, 30.347301 | Phone: +27 39 314 4260 | Facebook
One word, treasures! If you love history and love beautiful furniture and relics from the past then this is the place where you may just find that piece of treasure you were looking for to add to your collection. Simply go to browse around, you never know what you might find from the past.
Bellevue Park Eco Play zone and Botanic Garden
GPS: -30.901874, 30.321675| Website
Bellevue Park is a natural heritage site and the area has been rehabilitated to provide a living resource to encourage environmental education. This is a great place for the little kiddies and even the older folk. Relax on the grassy lawns which are surrounded by over 200 species of indigenous trees and wildlife. There is a sand pit, obstacle course, slides and swings to keep the little ones busy.
SOUTHBROOM THINGS TO DO
Pistols Saloon & Wild West Museum
GPS: -30.902460, 30.321622 | Phone: +27 39 316 8463 | Website
Pistols Saloon is more than just a music bar, it has a real wild west museum next door with cowboy memorabilia that is open to the public to view. The pub itself is full of character and will make you feel like you in an old western movie.
Huckleberry the donkey is one of their best patrons that to walks around the saloon a few times a day to get petted and greeted by all the visitors. The donkey is an absolute favourite among the kids!
Southbroom Surf School
GPS: -30.907175, 30.333118| Phone: +27 73 536 8728 | Website
I have only ever heard good reviews about this surf school. With 20 years of surfing experience along the coast, you know you are getting professional coaching. This school offers private lessons, semi-private lessons, surfing lesson packages, host kids parties and offer board hire.
The Outlook Post
GPS: -30.909930, 30.315132| Phone: +27 39 316 6178 | Website
Formally known as The Barn Owl this popular trading post sells quality crafts, a selection of farm produce including bananas, macadamia nuts and other seasonal fruit as well as a range of homemade and bottled products.
Their farmhouse kitchen serves wholesome breakfasts and lunches and if you up to it you can book a banana farm tour.
Riverbend Crocodile Farm
GPS: -30.905217, 30.317950|Phone: +27 39 316 6204 | Website
The Riverbend Crocodile farm is open for crocodile viewing and feeding which takes place twice a week. You can watch baby crocodile hatching demonstrations in the summer months and the farm host snake demonstrations. (check out their website for details)
The Riverbend also has a cafe, art, wine gallery and a small curio shop. The staff are always friendly and willing to show you around.
MARINA BEACH THINGS TO DO
Selsdon Park Estate Horse and Pony Rides
GPS: -30.953213, 30.284201| Phone: +27 83 301 2941 | Website
What an awesome way to see the beaches of the South Coast, on horseback. Selsdon Park’s horse rides to cater for the whole family from beginner through to advanced. The estate has a selection of 20 horses including ponies and draft horses.
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Nightingale Shipwreck, which ran aground on the rocks off Glenmore Beach in 1933. Part of the wreck, the boiler and cylinder, can still be seen on the rocks and is accessible at low tide. Interested visitors can still pick up pieces of porcelain or trader beads from the beach, particularly after storms and high seas.
Bucks Farm Stall
GPS: -30.953213, 30.284201 | Phone: +27 39 859 4091 | No Website
Bucks farm stall is famous for their homemade pies! There is a dam right next door where you can picnic with the family or fish for bass. The store sells local crafts, honey, gifts, toys and other homemade goodies.
PALM BEACH THINGS TO DO
Mpenjati Nature Reserve
GPS: -30.971288, 30.278168| Website
Mpenjati Reserve is located just before Palm Beach, for a small fee you get to relax along this river where there are braai and toilet facilities. It is a safe and protected area, you can fish, canoe or go look for fossils along the shore at low tide.
Mac Banana – so much to do!
GPS: -30.992746, 30.259953 | Phone: +27 39 319 1033 | Website
Mac Bananas Estate is an all in one experience. The food emporium offers a great selection of nuts, fruit, jams, pickles, sweets and a cellar with a great selection of wines. The Banana Cafe is famous for its sweet and savoury pancakes.
There is also a few speciality stores, a small nursery and a car wash. Mac Bananas offers a great variety of activities and adventures. There are guided pony rides, Mac Venture golf, a rope adventure park with a zip line, Quad bike and segway tours, Paintball, Mac Farmyard with animals and a butterfly dome. This is not one stop to be missed and something the whole family would love!
GPS: -31.038876, 30.219937 | Website
The Cow Shed serves an amazing breakfast while the kiddies play on the jungle gym. After breakfast browse through the nearby clothes and gift shops.
Emithini Artwear and Decor
GPS: -31.064876, 30.182717 | Facebook
For all the hippy happy people! This amazing artist fabric paints clothes and throws that are full of colour and patterns which made us feel like we were back at the Splashy Fen Music festival. Makes an interesting and unique stop.
PORT EDWARD THINGS TO DO
The Pont Holiday Resort and Water Resort
GPS: -31.066659, 30.180946 | Phone: +27 39 311 2211 | Website
Family boat rides to different tubing options and at reasonable prices. I have been on their cruise which is very relaxed you can have a few drinks and admire the view while you gently meander down the river. I have also been on their tubes and it is a whole lot of fun!
The skippers are very friendly, good with kids and know to keep you safe while you holding on for life. There are different packages on offer for all ages. The Pont also offers is also a newly renovated restaurant.
Beaver creek coffee estate Tours
GPS: -31.044055, 30.182286 | Phone: +27 39 311 2347 | Website
For all the coffee lovers! Visit the Estate to sample coffee and purchase the range of freshly roasted Beaver Creek coffee. There is also a selection of other coffees on sale from around the world, jams, homemade goodies and other novelties.
The Estate Cafe serves delicious meals and a range of freshly roasted coffee all day. Daily coffee tours start at noon, booking is essential in the holiday season – check out their website for further details.
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The Red Desert, found just outside Port Edward is reputed to be the smallest desert in the world. The desert stretches barely 200 meters across and is surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation. Theories of the origin of the desert range from extra-terrestrial landings to excessive overgrazing in a confined area.
GPS: -31.046120, 30.168802 | Phone: +27 83 549 6710 | Website
Clearwater trails provide avid bikers with an amazing adventure experience. There also have a runner’s tails available or go on a nature walk to admire the views.
The trails go through beautiful farmlands and mixed terrain and borders on the botanically rich eZemvelo Wildlife Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. The reserve lies on the borders of the Eastern Cape, which is just a couple of hours away from the beautiful Transkei and famous Hole in the Wall.
Bikes and gear are available for hire and there is a cafe that serves a range of breakfasts, lunches and tea time treats.
Wild Waves Water Park
GPS: -31.087245, 30.183620 | Website
Wild waves water park is part of the Wild Coast Sun just 5km from Port Edward. The park has an incredible assortment of slides and rides that will keep every family member’s adrenaline pumping.
Wild Coast Sun Casino
GPS: -31.085904, 30.179951 | Website
Who is feeling lucky? Besides the slot machines, the casino offers poker machines, blackjack tables and roulette wheels. While you busy making your fortune there are ample activities on offer to keep the kids entertained for hours.
AMANZIMTOTI THINGS TO DO
Galleria Mall Ice Rink – Hit the ice!
GPS: -30.033163, 30.900424| Phone: +27 31 904 1156 | Website
This is a state of the art real ice rink! You can hire skates and it is suitable for the first timer, right up to the professionals. They have different events, check out their website for details and times.
Splash Waterworld Amanzimtoti – Slide, splash, repeat
GPS: -30.048567, 30.890472| Phone: +27 31 904 2273 | Website
This is a Toti favourite! The park is suitable for the whole family and it can be a whole day outing, making it well it’s money’s worth. There are 10 different water slides available which are suitable for different ages.
Everything you need is available at the park including the ice cream happiness station, large recreational pool, adventure river with tubes, mini golf and even a braai area.
Illovo Nursery – something for the whole family
GPS: -30.120767, 30.846032 | Phone: +27 31 916 2491 | Website
This nursery is an Amanzimtoti South Coast gem! There is a great range of Bonsai’s, a petting zoo for the kiddies, a restaurant on a wooden deck and a pond where you can sit and feed or watch the ducks.
UMGABABA THINGS TO DO
African Crafts at Ultra City – Local crafts
GPS: -30.166039, 30.818222 | No Website Available
Support the local talent, at the Umgababa Ultra City as you driving up towards Durban. Locals sell their African goods, grass baskets and mats that they make. A great souvenir to take home.
UMKOMAAS THINGS TO DO
The Hope Shop Umkomaas – Gifts and souvenirs
GPS: -30.206144, 30.798927 | Phone: +27 39 973 2424 | Facebook
This is one of my favourite shops situated in the quiet town of Umkomaas. I have spent many hours here! If you looking for something different or unique then this is the place. They have bohemian clothing, crystals, hand made jewellery and lots of trinkets. Great place to buy gifts.
Aliwal Shoal – Scuba Diving
GPS: -30.205654, 30.802292 | Phone: +27 82 800 4668 | Website
Aliwal Shoal is a very popular diving spot located 5KM off Umkomaas. Aliwal Shoal Scuba have many years of experience diving along the rocky reef and are a favourite with local and international visitors.
There are a variety of diving packages, diving courses and accommodation available. Check out their amazing website which is full of pictures, information and prices.
SCOTTBURGH THINGS TO DO
The Shell Shop Atlantis – Shell Gift and Bead Shop
GPS: -30.281651, 30.756826 | Phone: +27 39 976 1992 | Facebook
You can spend at least an hour here and probably won’t leave empty handed. There are so many unique and intricate shells and gifts. It’s the perfect little shop to take a little piece of the ocean home with you, they offer a wide selection of beads and also stock hand carved wooden items for the home.
Scottburgh Main Beach
GPS: -30.284955, 30.759410 | No website
One of the best beaches along the coast. The rocks form a beautiful little bay which is perfect for the kiddies to splash in the waves. There are a tidal pool and a large grass bank for you to put your umbrella up and soak up the sun.
Crocworld Conservation Centre
GPS: -30.255205, 30.772020 | Phone: +27 39 976 1103 | Facebook
Crocworld has over 10,000,00 crocodiles, alligators, African Long-shouted and Dwarf Crocodiles. The centre offers a complete wildlife experience. You can meander through the man-made wetland park to view the water birds and flamingos.
George of the Jungle’s treetop house is sited 10 meters above the forest floor and houses exotic parrots, monkeys and other small mammals. The top deck enables visitors to view, but not disturb, the indigenous wildlife below. Feeding is held twice daily at 11 am and 3 pm.
Enzos Pizza Scottburgh
GPS: -30.284036, 30.758102 | Phone: +27 39 978 3674 | Website
Known as the best pizza along the South Coast! The restaurant has a real Italian feel to it. Enzo’s had been serving South coasters with delicious pizzas and pasta for many years. You will not be disappointed!
ROCKY BAY THINGS TO DO
Shark Cage Diving KZN
GPS: -30.335478, 30.733636 | Phone: +27 82 373 5950 | Website
Shark cage diving at Rocky Bay is operated by scuba diving expert John Miller. John has 25 years of Scuba Diving experience, both in diving with sharks and diving coral reefs.
Together with his experienced team, John will ensure you have the most unforgettable shark diving experience! Check out this awesome video about the experience here:
Lisa has personally dived and highly recommend it was as a “once in a lifetime experience!”
PENNINGTON THINGS TO DO
The Wrecked heron
GPS: -30.354531, 30.718352 | Phone: +27 39 975 1226 | Facebook
Imagine being served a cocktail or cold draft on a 1957 wooden ferry boat which is the middle of the bar! This old boat was bought back to life and adds such character to the pub.
The Wrecked Heron overlooks the beach and the swimming pools in the Happy Wanderers resort are a stone throw away. There is a restaurant next door which makes burgers to die for! This is quite a unique experience! Day visitors are welcome.
UMZUMBE THINGS TO DO
Umzumbe Surf Camp – Learn to surf
GPS: -30.354531, 30.718352 | Phone: +27 73 536 8728 | Facebook
A great way to meet new friends and enjoy the beach in Summer. Uzumbe surf camp offers one on one instructions and all equipment needed to catch a wave is included.
The camp offers different surf packages, however, booking is essential so check out their website for dates. Suitable for all ages who want to learn how to surf!
Mantis and Moon Backpackers Lodge
GPS: -30.624256, 30.542231 | Phone: +27 39 684 6256 | Website
This is one of the unique spots down South. This backpackers nestled between banana and papaya trees showcasing something different around every corner.
Relax in the Jacuzzi, do some Yoga in their studio, practice your moon dancing, enjoy good chats around the fire pit or have a few cold ones at the bar. The accommodation is unique from Tipi’s to tree houses and the atmosphere is zen and friendly.
UMTENTWENI THINGS TO DO
Whale Viewing Deck – Umtentweni Conservancy
GPS: -30.729171, 30.463456 | Facebook
The Umtentweni whale deck offers magnificent views over the Indian Ocean and the Umzimkulu River Mouth. Built as an initiative of the Umtentweni Conservancy, this viewing deck provides a high vantage point. Come down to relax and watch the waves and spot a few whales and Dolphins if you are lucky!
PORT SHEPSTONE THINGS TO DO
Oribi Gorge and the Wild 5 Adventures
GPS: -30.667666, 30.304769| Phone: +27 72 042 9390 | Website
This one is for the adrenaline junkies out there! The Wild 5 offers 5 different adventures: Abseil down a 110m Cliff face, water rafting down some really fast rapids, a wild Swing (which is the highest of its kind in the world) or take a zip line that spans 165m above the treetops.
You can walk over the 84M suspension bridge and hike along the top of the Gorge. Some of the waterfalls are truly breathtaking and could easily rank between some of these most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Besides all that, there is a paintball arena, loads of sites to view from the car and mountain bikers can follow a very scenic track. Lock in your love along Lock-Lane and throw the key into the gorge! There is something for the whole family, check out their website for more information.
Pure Venom Reptile Park
GPS: -30.785937, 30.385043| Phone: +27 82 492 8256 | Website
If you love creepy crawlies this one is for you! The reptile farm has a mix of pythons, anacondas, cobras, and rattlesnakes. The animal farm has parrots, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits and plenty more. There is also a family restaurant and curio shop selling souvenirs and accessories. Open 7 days a week 9am-4pm.
Must -Byt Ocean Charters
GPS: -30.808398, 30.412249| Phone: +27 82 777 7324
These guys are a serious and experienced fisherman, located at the Shelly ski boat club. Not only do they cater for big game fishing, shark fishing and bottom fishing they also charter for deep-sea views, deep sea swimming, backline cruises and pleasure trips.
Lake Eland Game Reserve
GPS: -30.808398, 30.412249| Phone: +27 39 687 0395 | Website
Lake Eland offers a whole playground! You can fish, hike, picnic or take an extreme slide on the longest zip line in Africa. The reserve offers a suspension bridge, eagle lookout point, self game drives, horse riding, a 4×4 track, paintball games and amazing wildlife.
A fully equipped restaurant is also available. Check their website for accommodation bookings and prices. What a great day out this could make!
GPS: -30.652276, 30.281145 | Phone: +27 74 124 0902 | Website
26Km from Port Shepstone, set on a rocky incline with sweeping views over the majestic Umzimkulu River Gorge you will find the Leopard Rock lookout. This is a famous spot for photos with its overhanging rock and views.
Leopard Rock Coffee Shop & Lookout Chalets
GPS: -30.652276, 30.281145 | Phone: +27 74 124 0902 | Website
The Leopard Rock cafe is at the same location as the Leopard Rock lookout but it is so worth mentioning on its own. Enjoy a home cooked meal with a spectacular view from a 21m deck overlooking the Gorge. Nested in beautiful gardens this is a great place to meet friends or take some breathtaking photos.
We spent a weekend at their Leopard Rock Lookout Chalets and highly recommend this KZN weekend getaway for their beautiful views, outdoor shower and relaxed vibes.
GPS: -30.809056, 30.409322 | Phone: +27 39 315 1304 | Website
Shelly Centre is the most popular seaside shopping mall down the south coast, with a variety of different shops you will find all the odds and ends that you are looking for. The centre has 6 Ster-Kinekor cinemas and was recently voted best shopping centre for the 10th year in a row.
UVONGO THINGS TO DO
Uvongo Rotary Market
GPS: -30.827860, 30.392123 | Facebook
Every Saturday morning the Rotary holds a flea market with rows of stalls to walk through and discover interesting goodies, food and homemade goods. There is a tea garden and on some weekends they have some relaxing live music.
In December in the adjacent field, there is a Christmas Market held in a huge tent they have some nice gift ideas!
Dumela Holiday Resort is situated in Margate the heart of the South Coast. We pride ourselves on being the best family resort with various facilities on site which include a family swimming pool, thatched pub and exquisite braai areas just to name a few.
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