High festive tourism numbers on KZN South Coast are a good sign for Easter

For Immediate Attention
04 March 2024

High festive tourism numbers on KZN South Coast are a good sign for Easter

In the past few years, Ugu District has attracted a significant number of tourists during the festive season – and according to local establishments, the 2023 figures indicate a similar pattern. This bodes well for the KZN South Coast with the Easter holidays around the corner!

“The occupancy rates are a very positive indicator of our growing tourism economy, and the fact that the KZN South Coast is offering visitors what they want – a nature-based experience which is affordable for the whole family,” commented Deborah Ludick, Acting CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE). “Reports from our bigger tourism establishments between Christmas and New Year indicated 100% occupancy rates. This is particularly significant considering the high rainfall experienced over December, something we believe is a testament to our diverse tourism assets and welcoming environment.”

Ludick said KZN South Coast’s subtropical climate meant visitors did still get to enjoy the region’s Blue Flag Beaches and tidal pools – the highest number in KZN – as well as its world-class dive sites and riverside water sports.

“While many come for our beaches, visitors soon realise they are spoilt for choice with everything from hiking excursions and extreme adventures in the hinterland, to township tours and cultural experiences. The Golf Coast, as it’s known, is a golfer’s dream with 11 courses on offer. There is also the latest Wellness Way route and the Mission Tourism Route catering to all tastes in the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.”

Tourism establishments note positive performance

Corné Alberts, Group Marketing Manager for ANEW Hotels & Resorts said ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest near Harding experienced a ‘positive performance’ with the majority of guests visiting from inland provinces.

“Despite the lingering effects of the pandemic, we observed a steady year-on-year increase, indicating a strong post-COVID recovery with an increased occupancy rate in 2023 compared to previous years. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that the growth has been somewhat tempered by factors such as increased fuel and living expenses.”

She noted the natural beauty of the KZN South Coast, as well as its beaches, diverse wildlife, and scenic landscapes, as ‘major drawcards’: “Additionally, the region’s cultural heritage, vibrant local communities, and a range of recreational activities such as water sports and nature trails contribute to its appeal. Feedback from guests has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing satisfaction with our services, facilities, and the overall experience. The positive sentiment bodes well for future visits, indicating a likelihood of return visits.”

Leonard Gomo, General Manager of Margate Sands also noted an increase on previous years’ occupancy rates: “We enjoyed a 6.5% increase from last year’s occupancy of 89.18%. The majority was retained business with visitors happy with the assurance that load-shedding and water shedding would not ruin their holidays, plus the abundance of Blue Flag beaches found here.”

Michael Bester of One Way Productions, tasked with running the free-to-attend Let’s Go Summer 2023/24 programme at KZN South Coast beaches, said the weather was challenging on days, but visitors still came out in their numbers to participate.

“With the current economy and our tourism offerings, we are a first-choice holiday destination. Our gorgeous beaches, golf courses, affordable accommodation establishments and great entertainment venues put us at the forefront of holiday choices. Our beaches were clean and open over the summer season, and even with challenging weather conditions, people could still have an amazing holiday on the KZN South Coast,” said Bester.

Find out how to make the most of your KZN South Coast breakaway by following South Coast Tourism on Facebook; South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise on YouTube; @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram; and South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise on LinkedIn. And click here to check out previous SCTIE press releases. Watch why KZN South Coast is a top tourism destination here.

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Trafalgar Beach, one of the KZN South Coast’s Blue Flag beaches.

Beyond its Blue Flag beaches and top dive sites, the KZN South Coast offers a variety of hinterland excursions, such as the unique KwaXolo Caves Adventures.

(Image credit: Catherine Hofmeyr).

Marina Beach, one of the KZN South Coast’s Blue Flag beaches.

Known as ‘The Golf Coast’, the KZN South Coast has 11 quality golf courses.

(Pictured: Southbroom Golf Club)

The 8km Weza Hiking Trail across lush green land and alongside rivers, finishing at the Mkhoba Waterfall is just one of the many exciting trails found along the KZN South Coast.

ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest near Harding.

Margate Sands.


About KZN South Coast

Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing Agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts several permanently managed Blue Flag beaches and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title of ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to several high-profile events including The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.


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