This scenic region of South Africa has much to offer those seeking outdoor adventure and a unique holiday experience. Here are five reasons why the KZN South Coast should be on every tourist’s list when visiting South Africa.
The KwaZulu Natal South Coast is known for its 120km stretch of coastline and marine-based activities. The Blue Flag beaches and diving sites are internationally renowned, attracting world-class divers and documentary filmmakers to the shores.
Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve
Just outside Scottburgh, this nature reserve offers visitors a variety of trail options and a range of habitat types – grassland, parkland, wetland and coastal forest – within the 2 200-hectare space.
Visitors can expect to encounter more than 300 bird species and other local wildlife, including eland, zebra, bushbuck, blue wildebeest, impala, black-backed jackal, and rock rabbits.
The South Coast is an outdoor enthusiast’s haven, with activities from land to sea. The area has 11 golf courses and opportunities for sea snorkelling, white-water rafting and wild swinging at Oribi Gorge.
The Aliwal Shoal or Protea Banks dive sites are the best places to see the creatures of the Indian Ocean and visitors can learn to surf or get really extreme with abseiling.
Agri-tourism is one of the South Coast’s biggest attractions with local products, such as coffee, bananas, and macadamia nuts being locally and internationally distributed.
Farmers enlighten visitors on everything from crop planting and harvesting to final packaging, with an outline of the farm’s history included.
The Red Desert
The Red Desert is the world’s smallest desert – only 200 metres in diameter – located just outside Port Edward.
The red soil is beautifully contrasted against the tropical greenery of the surrounding coastal vegetation. The hills and valleys are where archaeological artefacts have been discovered.