Escape to Port Edward
Escape to Port Edward
Port Edward is the southern-most coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal. At its tip, the Umtamvuna River separates KwaZulu Natal from the Eastern Cape. This picturesque coastline is home to some of the country’s most beautiful blue flag beaches, and the rustic and rural combination makes for a scenic and relaxing time away.
If you’re looking for a little more action, the Umtamvuna Gorge is host to a variety of activities to get the blood pumping, including nature trails, wakeboarding, ski boating, stand up paddling, and much more. If you’re interested in the spectacular views, head to the Clearwater Gorge View Deck for a picture-perfect landscape.
If it’s a day of golfing you’re after, then Port Edward is a prime choice for a getaway. Home to The Wild Coast Country Club and the eco-estate San Lameer Golf Estate, you can find your swing and challenge yourself at these amazing courses.
Port Edward is bursting with history and culture. The Sao Joao Portuguese Monument commemorates those lost when a Portuguese ship, the Sao Joao was shipwrecked. Cargo from the wreckage is still being discovered washing ashore to this day. The survivors of the wreck had some of the first-ever encounters between Europeans and Southern Africans in history. Tragedy Hill, or Isandlundlu, marks the site where a clash between early settlers and Dingane, the Zulu king, took place in the 1830s. Other cultural outings include experiences in rural KwaNzimakwe to Kwaxolo Caves through Great Drives Out.
Accommodation in Port Edward is varied, and there truly is something for everyone. The Umtamvuna River nestled into a lush, subtropical setting. It’s located in the Umtamvuna Nature reserve and is an ideal getaway vacation, as well as lending itself to corporate or special events. There is no shortage of hotels and self-catering units along the Port Edward Coast, and you’re sure to find a home away from home at just the right price.
If you’re seeking a unique shopping experience, head over to Mattison Square. This open-air mall is home to some unique and eclectic stores. There is a kid’s play area, and it’s a fun visit for the whole family. Browse stores selling art, ceramics, crafts, decor items, and much more! There are also some great places to stop and grab a bite to eat. Mattison Square is also home to the Coral Spa, where you can experience a variety of treatments designed to place you in a state of complete relaxation.
The KZN South Coast is famous for its beaches, and Port Edward is no exception. Check out Silver Beach and Mzamba beach, where the whole family can relax and swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Or perhaps take a romantic stroll along the shore with your special someone.
Port Edward is the perfect mix of rural and coastal perfection. Whether you’re looking for a family-style holiday or a quiet, romantic getaway, Port Edward has it all. Make Port Edward a stop on your travels and experience this KZN South Coast gem.