10 ways to unwind and de-stress like a KZN South Coast local this winter

For Immediate Attention
6 June 2022

10 ways to unwind and de-stress like a KZN South Coast local this winter

Stress is hugely detrimental to one’s health, from weakening the immune system and speeding up the ageing process, through to heart damage and promoting disease. With the many challenges experienced the past few years, and the ongoing difficulties being faced today, stress is becoming even more of a daily struggle for everyone. That’s why it’s time to hit the KZN South Coast and unwind like a local!

“If there’s one thing the KZN South Coast is known for, it’s our laidback lifestyle. And this is something we are always so happy to share with our visitors,” said Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT). “We have some of the most incredible natural resources and experiences, and just the reality of being in nature is known to reduce stress levels. This is also the perfect way for tourists to have fun without spending a fortune.”

1.       Beaches

Start by visiting one of the KZN South Coast’s many beautiful beaches, five of which have the international-level Blue Flag status: Marina Beach, Trafalgar Beach, Southport Beach, Umzumbe Beach and Hibberdene Beach. With the warm subtropical weather, even winter is perfect for swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking and more. There are also a number of natural and man-made tidal pools that provide protected bathing conditions for all visitors.

2.       Golf Courses

Known colloquially as ‘The Golf Coast’, the KZN South Coast has 11 top-quality courses that offer golfers of all handicaps a sufficiently challenging round, many of which boast ocean views. From the 18-hole championship course at San Lameer, to the captivating scenery of the Scottburgh Country Club semi-links course, there is a green for every golfer.

3.       Diving and Fishing

There’s no better diving and fishing spots than those on the KZN South Coast – particularly when the annual Sardine Run is in action! Visitors can experience ‘The Greatest Shoal on Earth’ under water at one of two Marine Protected Areas and world-class dive sites, Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal. There are also great fishing sites, for shore, rock-and-surf or deep-sea anglers. Fishing permits are required for all anglers and these can be issued at the post office.

4.       Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails

The gorgeous agricultural lands and the indigenous coastal forests with their cliffs, waterfalls and streams are best experienced through the endless KZN South Coast biking and hiking trails. There’s also the newly launched Umzumbe River Trail, a 70km hike from Mhlabatshane Dam with authentic homestays and cultural experiences.

5.       Rural Experiences

Through rural tourism development initiatives, the KZN South Coast’s hinterland is a must-visit! Cultural heritage and the region’s history are told through song, dance and more at Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre. Village tours and exploration of the natural wonders of the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom can be enjoyed at Nyandezulu and KwaNzimakwe. And, for an unforgettable experience, there’s the KwaXolo Caves Adventures. This involves a mountainside hike to the caves which are adorned with ancient San artwork.

6.       Nature Reserves

The KZN South Coast is home to 10 nature reserves – TC Robertson, River Valley, Oribi Gorge and the Red Desert among them – which are home to a variety of walking trails and picnic spots. These provide a great opportunity to get out into nature, view some of the many local bird and wildlife species, and unwind in a beautiful setting.

7.       Waterfalls

The many rivers and diverse landscape of the KZN South Coast is made all the more impressive by the cascading waterfalls found throughout the region. Some of these include Lehr’s Waterfall in the densely-forested Oribi Gorge – which is also the site of the world’s highest bungee swing at 165m offered by Wild 5 Adventures. Then there’s the nearby Samango Waterfall named after the charismatic monkey, and the 23m Uvongo Waterfall which plummets into one of the deepest lagoons in the country. Finally, a guided hike as part of the culturally authentic Nyandezulu Experience will take visitors to Ntantana Mountain overlooking the 90m Nyandezulu Waterfall.

8.       Day Spa Treatments

De-stress with some of the best pampering on the KZN South Coast at one of its many local spas. These retreats and eco-sanctuaries within the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom welcome guests in need of a calming yet revitalising eco-experience.

9.       Sundowners

Finish of the day with a relaxing sundowner at one of the many KZN South Coast local eateries. Some of the best spots to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the view are C-Bali in St Michael’s, Blue Lagoon in Ramsgate, Riptide Restaurant in Southbroom, Fish on the River in Port Shepstone and Senzi’s Shisanyana, Aura and The Grove in Margate.

10.   Dezzi Raceway

For some, a bit of motor-fuelled action is just the thing to relax! Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone is the only Motorsport South Africa (MSA)-approved racing track in the province, and the host of numerous prestigious motorsport events. The track includes two purpose-built drift circuits for high-octane entertainment!

To find out more about these and other KZN South Coast relaxation spots:

  • Download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores.
  • Visit the ‘South Coast Tourism’ on Facebook or YouTube
  • Visit @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram
  • Visit ‘Info Ugu South Coast Tourism’ on LinkedIn
  • Visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za to check out the Events Calendar, the KZN South Coast Meeting Planner Guide and more!
  • To access previous USCT press releases, visit: https://www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za/category/press-release/
  • Follow the hashtags #seaanddo #greatestshoalonearth #sardinerun #subtropicalparadise #kznsouthcoast


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Ramsgate beach

Fishing – Port Edward


Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre

Red Desert Nature Deserve – (Image credit- Airtrack Aviation)









About Ugu South Coast Tourism

Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.

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 a number of 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 for ‘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 a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

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Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT)

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