- On 14 December 2016
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Exploring the alternative KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast oozes laid-back beach charm. Secluded coves, lagoons and beach walks provide travellers with a relaxing escape. However during the festive season this relaxation is taken over by a horde of holiday makers ready for the festivities. Tranquality gets replaced by loud music, cars and parties and the peace and quiet disappears for a few weeks. Not to worry though the place is still full of seculded breathtaking places which one can find to escape during this conjested time of year.
We’ve included some options throughout the South Coast of the KwaZulu-Natal that will provide you with some incredible incomparable scenery and photographic opportunities you’ll treasure long after you’ve left the province – Car hire Durban will be by your side to accommodate your travel.
Mpenjati Nature Reserve
Mpenjati Nature Reserve is a large protected reserve of indigenous coastal bush flanking – however, the Mpenjati River extend to the shores of KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.
Mpenjati Nature Reserve, which lies about 20km south of the holiday town of Margate, is made up of a series of interlinking wetlands, grasslands and dune forests that sustain a variety of flora and fauna.
Activities on offer at this nature reserve include hiking, bird watching, fishing and swimming. Picnic and braai facilities, along with ablution blocks, have been provided on both the north and south banks of the river.
Ifafa Beach is a small coastal resort town on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is situated in the heart of lagoon Fafa River.
Mtwalume Beach is situated on the Umdoni Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is surrounded by an abundance of indigenous fauna and flora – and the Mtwalume River which forms a beautiful lagoon stretching into the sea. The water is warm and there are quaint tidal pools ideal for swimming. You can also enjoy angling, scuba diving and surfing.
The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
The Oribi Gorge area boasts cliffs, forests, spectacular hiking trails and picnic sites.Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the oribi is rarely seen.
Leopards, troops of baboons, various small antelope and a prolific birdlife, including five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle inhabit the reserve.
The South Coast of KwaZulu Natal offers the stunning Munster Beach. Surrounded by beautiful coastal vegetations and rocky outcrops.
There is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the rays of the sun without feeling overcrowded. At the right time of the day, this becomes a great little fishing spot for anglers hoping to catch Rock Cod, Shad and other reef fish. Kayaking and snorkeling are some of many enjoyed activities in the area.
The beach at Bazley has not changed much in 32 years. The park is only 90 metres away from Bazley main beach and with a wide and generally flat landscape this beach is perfect for all beach activities. This is where all beach based entertainment takes place.
Umtamvuna Nature Reserve
Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is a treasure house of rare and endemic trees – and plant species in a diversity of habitats, with spectacular wildflower displays after the spring rains.
The reserve has the best nature walks along the KwaZulu Natal coastline, with several marked trails to explore. However, a small picnic site is situated above the office within the reserve, and a day visit is a rewarding experience.
Leisure Bay, on the lower south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, nestles amongst Glenmore Beach, Munster, Palm Beach and Trafalgar Beach – Home to little seaside village that beckons with unspoilt swimming beaches, gorgeous sub-tropical vegetation, rock and surf fishing, surfing, boogie boarding, sunbathing and snorkelling. Three kilometres wide and sometimes as long as 15 kilometres, the shoals that pass through these waters are a spectacle to behold.
If you are in Leisure Bay round the time of the Sardine Run (anywhere between May and August) then make sure you visit Leisure Bay.
San Lameer Resort is situated on the iconic San Lameer Estate near Southbroom on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. It is a 200 hectare nature conservancy, landscaped with 620 privately owned luxury villas surrounding the challenging 18 hole Championship golf course, a world class hotel and a five star spa. The climate of San Lameer is pleasantly sub-tropical, with cool breezes from the Indian Ocean. It is a dream holiday location for golfers, beach lovers and families and offers superb investment opportunities.