Escape to Harding
For years Harding has been a hidden gem on the KZN South Coast. Tucked away in the hinterland, this small and unassuming town has a deep and rich historical tapestry. From gunrunners to ivory traders, Harding has great stories and history to offer.
The Harding Country Club is a local favorite. Located inland from Port Shepstone, this course is the only non-coastal course on the Golf Coast. It hosts 9 holes with 6 water hazards to contend with.
An hour from Harding, towards the coast, you’ll find the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. With loads of hiking opportunities, picnic spots along the river, and an abundance of wildlife, this nature reserve will give you a safe and relaxing place to connect with nature. If you’re looking for something that will get your heart rate going, you can take part in paintball wars, ziplining, abseiling, white water rafting, and even test your adrenalin limits on the Wild Swing.
The Weza-Ngele Forest is an emerald in the vast openness of the area. Situated between Harding and Kokstad, this is the largest and most accessible tract of Afromontane forest in KwaZulu Natal. With indigenous trees and over 220 bird species in the region, it’s a little slice of paradise. Avid birdwatchers can attempt to catch a glimpse of the rare Cape Parrot, which is more likely spotted at dawn or late in the afternoon.
With an assortment of B&B’s and hotels, there are plenty of accommodation options to suit all your needs. The ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest lies beneath the Ingeli Mountain Range. Hosting the Foresters Bar, the Eagles Nest Restaurant to accommodate your cravings, as well as the Seruga Spa and a swimming pool for a spot of relaxation, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. They have loads of activities for kids as well, making this a great pick for a family getaway.
Harding is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This tranquil and peaceful town is surrounded by the natural world and can provide you with the opportunity to reconnect with nature.
Make the KZN South Coast your next holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for a coastal or rural getaway, the KZN South Coast truly has something for everyone. The paradise of the Zulu kingdom lies right on your back doorstep!