Known as the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom, the KZN South Coast is a favourite holiday destination for South Africans and international visitors alike who soak up its year-round sunny weather, while enjoying the warm Indian Ocean and lush hinterland. 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 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.
Connect with nature
Campfires under the stars, days spent exploring the rock pools and learning to surf… something is invigorating about time spent completely outdoors. Modern life means very few of us get the chance to experience nature in such proximity, so you’ll truly relish this unique experience. The South Coast in winter also gives visitors the chance to witness the sardine run and whale migrations, truly unique sightings of ocean activity. And, with five Blue Flag beaches, two internationally-renowned dive sites, and the most tidal pools in the province, there are lots to be explored on the coast!
Game reserves or trails
There are many reserves to visit along the South Coast. Here are just a few: Bendigo Nature Reserve, Empisini Nature Reserve, Mpenjati Public Resort Nature Reserve, Oribi Gorge Game Reserve, Skyline Nature Reserve, Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, Petrified Fossil Forest, Lake Eland Game Reserve and River Valley Nature Reserve.
The KZN 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.
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 of The Red Desert are where archaeological artefacts have been discovered.
An adventure awaits for everyone on the KZN South Coast, whether you fancy something mild or wild. Agri tours, ocean safaris, whale and dolphin watching, game drives, mountain biking or hiking trails, scuba or shark cage diving, and so much more. Or just relax camping or caravanning, beachcombing or birdwatching. Discover not only the destination and its treasures, but your true self. If you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.