About the South Coast
There’s no doubt about it - visitors are spoilt for choice with what to do along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, the relaxed region that lies between Durban’s cosmopolitan ‘buzz’ and the Zulu Kingdom’s southernmost reaches. Subtropical forests, blue lagoons, golden beaches, rocky coves, the warm Indian Ocean and sunny weather - this is what makes the South Coast such a popular destination. This coastline is a haven of unique and less-explored places, set amidst rolling hills and fringed by palm fronds and wild strelitzias. The outdoor pursuits range from golf, to hiking, mountain biking, diving, whale watching and almost everything in between.
South Coast beaches offer something for everyone, golden sands, tidal pools and beaches for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. Almost all the beaches have life guards on duty and are protected by shark nets regularly serviced by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board personnel. The Pumula Beach Hotel, with its stunning views of the Indian Ocean is situated 100kms South of Durban, its seaside location and indigenous coastal vegetation makes it an ideal venue for relaxing, stress free small to medium sized conferences. Further South is the Estuary Country Hotel, set in beautiful surrounds, offering medium sized conferences and teambuilding facilities.
There are a number of shops and farm-stalls offering the abundant produce of the South Coast. Crocodile farms, banana plantations, candle factories, lighthouse museums and handmade crafts all add to the feast of local activities and produce on offer. Feast on locally grown nuts or savour the strong
aroma of freshly ground coffee - locally grown, harvested and processed at the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. The Oribi Gorge Hotel located in the Oribi
Nature Reserve offers two conference venues and a variety of options for teambuilding - an exhilarating swing into the gorge, try the world’s highest abseiling site, and in the rainy season (November to April) white-water rafting is an option.
Scuba diving is a popular sport on the South Coast with excellent deep-sea diving areas at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks which is the resting place
for a number of wrecks. Wreck diving has added a signifi cantly interesting dimension to this kilometre long underwater wonderland that attracts not only
a wide variety of fi sh, but also many Ragged-Tooth sharks offering an awe-inspiring and surprisingly safe adventure. The Kapenta Bay Resort and Conference Centre is set right on the beach and offers two conference rooms, the larger of the two having a capacity of 300. Several diving reefs are in easy reach of Kapenta Bay including Protea Reef, Salmon Reef and Boboyi, making this an ideal venue if diving is to be part of the teambuilding activities.
Experience the delight of the ocean on a sea excursion and possibly share in the enchantment of watching dolphins frolic and swim around the boat and possibly spot a whale in season (May to November). Every winter, there is the phenomenon of the sardine run - millions of sardines migrate up the coast, accompanied by dolphins and other large fish and the thousands of sea birds which feed on them. Head inland and you’re in traditional Zulu territory, and with it, the chance to witness first hand all the song and dance of a living culture.
Guided tours of the vibrant Gamalakhe township near Margate provide an insightful look into the customs, rituals, aspirations and day-to-day lives of Zulu people. Learn some folk-lore over a pint or two at the local shebeen...take a stroll along meandering footpaths and spend the night in a traditional hut of wattle poles, mud walls and thatch roof.
Popularly known as the ‘Golf Coast’, this scenic region has a comprehensive selection of attractive and challenging golf courses. All in all, there are 10
courses situated close to or directly at the Indian Ocean. The fairways are lined by lush subtropical vegetation with some courses having their own access to the beach. Compared to other regions in South Africa, the green fees at the South Coast are relatively moderate and the golf estate accommodation is generally - despite the most luxurious appointments - not very expensive. Accommodation in this region varies from upmarket hotels, resort style hotels to luxury B&B’s and guest houses