There is no wonder the sunny South Coast is often considered to be the ultimate holiday hub in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Not only does it see warm, pleasant weather the whole year through, but it also boasts around 120km of stunning, sandy beaches which adhere to international standards, and many of which hold Blue Flag status too.
Furthermore, the South Coast is home to eight of the top 30 golf courses in all of SA, as well as a host of fun-filled water activities for kids and adults alike. Basically, it promises a traditional beach getaway with all of the trimmings, along with an extra dose of adventure if and when the mood takes you.
If you’re keen to take a walk on the wild side book your flights from Johannesburg to Durban, Cape Town to Durban or any other SA city, and arrange car hire or even a shuttle to get you there. Amanzimtoti is just an hour from the airport, while the Wild Coast Sun will take you around three hours on an airport shuttle service.
Discover the best of what South Africa’s famed South Coast has to offer, here is exactly what you can look forward to leading up to your trip.
Explore the Petrified Forest
Relax – it’s not as scary as it sounds. The Petrified Forest is so named due to the area’s many fossilised trees which have fallen into water and are now logged along the coastline. The trees are thought to be in excess of 225 million years old and are a real sight to behold, especially at low tide. Plus, if you walk along the stretch far enough, you will eventually reach the “White Man Caves” which boast plenty of other interesting fossils safely housed in the roof of the caves.
End off the experience with a visit to the fossil exhibition located in the reception area of the Wild Coast Sun for more information about the many treasures and wonders that you have just witnessed.
Indulge in a Generous Dose of Adrenalin
Get that adrenalin pumping by taking part in the many heart-thumping adventures that the South Coast is celebrated for. Embark upon a spot of bridge walking atop a suspension bridge hanging over a steep gorge, take a leap of faith on a gorge swing over the infamous Oribi gorge, go white river rafting in the Umkomaas river, or go scuba diving during the Sardine Run at Aliwal Shoal. Your options are endless!
Take a Walk Through the World’s Smallest Desert
The Red Desert, which can be found in Port Edward, is known officially as the world’s smallest desert, spanning no more than 11 hectares in total. It is so named because of its striking red sand and is shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that it came to be as a result of terrestrial landings. Whether you believe in that sort of thing or not, it certainly is a worthwhile place to add to your list of must-sees while in the area.
Go Hiking at Umtamvuna Nature Reserve
You are unlikely to find such beautiful views anywhere else along the coast, hence the reason why Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is a hiking hot spot on the South Coast!
Think indigenous forests, tall, craggy cliffs and over 250 bird species, including the Cape Vulture. The reserve also acts as the ideal habitat for many land mammals, such as blue duikers and adorable bushbabies.
New to hiking? Fear not. With three different trails to choose from, each varying in length and difficulty, you are sure to find one to suit your personal capabilities. Beginners are advised to steer clear of The Fish Eagle trail, however, as it is the longest and most challenging, taking approximately four hours to complete.
Marvel at the Many Waterfalls
You don’t get more breathtaking than a powerful and majestic waterfall. Great news – South Africa’s South Coast is home to many! While there are seemingly countless waterfalls to visit, there are two that are absolute must-sees. The Magwa waterfall which is one of the highest in the world (144 meters) and the Waterfall Bluff near the Mkambathi Nature Reserve. Waterfall Bluff can only be accessed on foot and is known for being one of just 19 waterfalls around the world that falls straight into the ocean.
Ultimately, no matter where you go or what you do when visiting KZN’s South Coast, you are guaranteed a memorable holiday. So, what are you waiting for? Book your flights from Johannesburg to Durban, or from anywhere else in the world, today!