The KwaZulu Natal South Coast has announced a number of rural tourism development projects in celebration of Tourism Month.
“Developing rural tourism has always been a key focal point for Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) as it is one of the most effective ways of ensuring the tourism economy benefits communities at every level,” said CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.
“The KZN South Coast has some of the most diverse landscapes and an incredibly rich heritage that wants to be explored – we are simply providing the avenue to open up these cultural treasures to visitors. And, while international travel remains restricted, we are urging South Africans to use this month as an opportunity to explore the multitude of adventures right on our doorstep.”
The Umzumbe River Trails
The trails are a uniquely cultural undertaking in the heart of the Ugu District, between the coastal Umzumbe village and the Mhlabatshane Dam at KwaPhungashe. Visitors are led by knowledgeable local guides and will interact with eight Zulu clans while staying at seven accommodation establishments that showcase local heritage, art and cuisine.
They will follow the Izi-Go Trail Network, a ‘Green Flag Trail’, by walking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking or horse riding. The 70km trail, which follows the Umzumbe and Mhlabatshane Rivers, consists of six trails, with the village of Ezinqoleni as the hub.
South Coast rural tourism initiatives
There are also a number of rural tourism initiatives that visitors can support on the KZN South Coast. These include the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails, which provide hikers, trail-runners and 4x4 enthusiasts with the opportunity to explore the Mpenjati River Valley.
The KwaXolo Caves Adventures is a 300-metre cableway that takes visitors on a secure, guided walk along a mountain path, with incredible valley views all the way into the KwaXolo Caves. Once shelters for the San people, these caves have centuries-old artwork on their walls.