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Hibiscus Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Hibiscus Coast, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Hibiscus Coast forms the southernmost part of the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal stretching from Hibberdene in the north to Port Edward in the south. The Umdoni Coast makes up the northern part of the South Coast from Scottburgh to eThekwini (the Durban metro). The South Coast, with its warm Indian Ocean, endless pristine beaches and sub-tropical climate was the first area of South Africa to be developed into a coastal holiday mecca. Today, the Hibiscus Coast is a varied collection of some 25 towns, villages and holiday and residential areas packed into 70 km of magnificent coastline.

Oribi Nature Reserve, Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-NatalThe largest town and the administrative and industrial centre of the region is Port Shepstone. With the exception of Margate, one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa, the other towns and villages have all maintained a rural and tranquil feel about them.

This does not mean that there is little to do – whether you’re looking to have a relaxing beach holiday for the family, a golfing getaway or to experience nature at its best, you’re bound to find it on the Hibiscus Coast. If adrenalin is your thing, how about some white water rafting on the Umzimkulu River in the dramatic Oribi Gorge where you can also experience the highest natural abseil in the world, or skiing on the Umtamvuna River near Port Edward.

The beach at Margate, Hibiscus Coast, Kwazulu-NatalIf the sea does it for you, you’re in the right place – beautiful beaches, many of which have Blue Flag status, great surfing, scuba-diving at Protea Banks, one of the top rated dive sites in the world, go deep-sea fishing or cast your line in the surf. The world-renowned Aliwal Shoal is only about 65 km north of Port Shepstone  at Park Rynie on the Umdoni Coast.

One of the world’s natural wonders takes place on the Hibiscus Coast – the annual sardine run when tens of thousands of dolphins, sharks, seals and game fish follow the “Greatest Shoal on Earth” – millions upon millions of sardines as they make their way down the KwaZulu-Natal coastline.

Golf on the Hibiscus CoastThe South Coast is often referred to as the “Golf Coast” some of the top-rated golf courses in the country are found on this 150 km stretch of sub-tropical coastline – Selborne Park, Umdoni Park, Southbroom Golf Course, Wild Coast Sun and Country Club and San Lameer Golf Courses are all ranked in the top 100 courses in the country. There are also excellent courses at Port Shepstone and Margate.

The Hibiscus Coast is often referred to as the “Coast of Many Colours” – and for good reason. You are never more that an hour away from literally any activity or attraction you can think of. From luxury and family hotels to B&Bs, self-catering chalets, camping grounds and caravan parks you are bound to find exactly the right place to spend your holiday on the South Coast.

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