In the spotlight: Port Shepstone
Within the lush Kwazulu-Natal province, sits a bustling town situated on the Mzimkhulu River Mouth named Port Shepstone. The town got its iconic name from Sir Theophilus Shepstone who was in government during the 1800s and transformed the town into what we know it as now: The business hub of the KZN South Coast.
William Bazley is the man behind the town’s harbour’s construction in 1880, which opened the town up to the outside world and gave it a brighter purpose.
The town began flourishing when marble was discovered near the river mouth not long before 1879. The town became a port, where agricultural workers could receive the goods they needed from Durban in order to grow the town’s diversity and attract more travellers.
Fruit, sugar, and timber are some of the main agricultural sectors in the area, bringing forth many opportunities for trade and the town’s economic growth, only luring in more tourists every year.
With warm temperatures all year round, there is always a good day to go sightseeing in Port Shepstone. The region is popular for its beautiful, sandy beaches with endless shores to explore scuba diving, marine life, surfing and even enjoying a deep-sea boat ride, to admire the town from a distance and breathe in that fresh sea breeze.
Port Shepstone is known for being the commercial and administrative center for the South Coast, but what about all the sights and attractions it has to offer? There are activities to suit everybody’s taste, whether you are looking for a calm experience or an adventurous one, the town has it all, just for you.
Some of its main attractions include the Port Shepstone Lighthouse, where one can take a trip back in time and experience what sailors may have encountered before meeting their fate near the Lighthouse shores.
For the avid hikers and adventure seekers, there are mountains to be climbed and rapid rivers to be rafted. The surrounding views are perfect subjects for photographers and those wishing to add their travels to a blog or travel journal.
The town provides a delicious experience for the foodies out there, with scrumptious foods to be found at various restaurants, some of the most visited being: Jaxx Restaurant, Schooners Galley Seafood Restaurant, and Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar. Your tastebuds are guaranteed to be satisfied.
When the time comes to rest tired heads, the town offers cosy accommodation, The Tweni Waterfront Guest Lodge is affordable and ready to accommodate all your needs. With sea views and a reptile park not far from it, there are many things to occupy oneself within this town.
For the travellers who want to keep up their game with some golf, the Port Shepstone Country Club is the perfect place to practice and challenge the avid golfer, or even those just beginning.
Port Shepstone is a town where any visitor is welcome. Head on down now and experience the busy, bustling, and beautiful Port Shepstone.