Discover why the KZN South Coast is the MICE and ‘bleisure’ tourism destination of choice
For Immediate Attention
26 May 2022
Discover why the KZN South Coast is the MICE and ‘bleisure’ tourism destination of choice
With world-class venues, outdoor adventures and incredible natural resources, the KZN South Coast is the ultimate destination for the trending ‘bleisure’ – business and leisure – tourism. With businesses looking to reconnect through teambuilding, conferences and retreats, this subtropical paradise is the destination of choice.
“With our year-round sunny climate, quality facilities and unique experiences, the KZN South Coast has established itself as a prime bleisure and MICE tourism location,” commented Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT). “One of the key drawcards of ‘The Golf Coast’, as we’re known, are the 11 quality golf courses found here. To further entrench our status, USCT hosted a Golf Coast Virtual Fam Trip, partnering with tourism bodies SATSA, SAT and TKZN to host tour operators in the region.
“To facilitate the planning of business-focused events, USCT has also compiled the Meeting Planner Guide. This comprehensive guide is a one-stop directory for all business conference, meetings, teambuilding and accommodation requirements. It includes a detailed list of our existing MICE venues, teambuilding activities on offer, and all relevant contact information in one simple guide. But beyond, this there are so many reasons we’d like to share as to why businesses should consider the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom for their next event.”
1. Selborne Golf Estate Hotel & Spa
Located in the beautiful seaside town of Pennington, Selborne is considered one of the country’s premium residential golf estates. Visitors looking to conclude business deals on the greens will enjoy this high-quality course which was designed by the legendary Denis Barker, and hosted several Pro-Ams and the South African Women’s Open. Beyond the well-manicured greens and indigenous forests of the golf course, Selborne boasts great facilities including a restaurant, world-class spa, accommodation and Barker’s Bar.
2. Ubumbano Homestead
For a truly unique KZN South Coast experience, visitors can head to this Amandawe-based agricultural co-operative which forms part of the Agri-CULTURE Tours. This smallholding was established by the Zama family in 2017 and has fast become a major supplier of local produce. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the farm, learning about the growing techniques and harvesting while sampling fresh produce. There’s also a visit to the Ubumbano Farm Stall which stocks freshly-made macadamia nut and rocket pesto, macadamia nut biscuits and brittle, baked mielie loaf and steamed mielie bread. Finally, there’s a stop at The Curio Shop featuring locally-manufactured arts, crafts and other memorabilia.
3. Ocean Adventures
There really is so much to ‘sea’ and do on the KZN South Coast! The two Marine Protected Areas – Protea Banks off Shelly Beach and Aliwal Shoal off Umkomaas – boast an abundance of marine life, making them two of the world’s top sites for scuba divers, free divers and snorkellers.
For the avid anglers, there’s ample opportunity for spearfishing, deep-sea fishing or rock-and-surf fishing. There are also numerous charter boats that take visitors out for a close-up ocean experience viewing dolphins and migrating whales. The winter months are a great time to book on the KZN South Coast as the annual Sardine Run makes its appearance, attracting hungry game fish, sharks, whales and overhead birds to ‘The Greatest Shoal on Earth’.
4. Anew Resort Ingeli Forest
It’s not all about the ocean on the KZN South Coast! The farming town of Harding, set below the majestic Ingeli Mountain range near Kokstad and surrounded by indigenous forests makes for the perfect business retreat. For overnight stays, ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest offers 44 spacious country rooms with great views and amenities. Visitors wanting a teambuilding experience can try the local adventures such as mountain biking or hiking through the indigenous forest; quad biking; archery and axe throwing; as well as wining and dining.
5. Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails
If your business prefers something a bit more active, then the KZN South Coast’s many hiking and biking trails in natural reserves and farmlands should hit the spot! There are so many mountain biking, trail running, hiking and 4×4 excursion trails found throughout Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom. The region also forms part of national sports’ contest such as the Joberg2c and KAP Sani2c.
6. San Lameer Resort and Golf Estate
For another world-class golf course and luxury accommodation, visitors can try San Lameer Hotel. The beautiful but testing 18-hole championship course is located within South Africa’s first golf estate established in 1973. San Lameer has played host to the South Africa Women’s Open and Masters over the years, as well as the South African Men’s interprovincial. The intimate hotel has 40 rooms and suites for quality accommodation with a secure beach and exquisite coastal reserve. For non-golfers, there are a myriad of facilities and activities on the estate, including the award-winning Lagoon Spa.
7. KwaXolo Caves
When it comes to finding a unique outdoor adventure, there’s nothing better than the KwaXolo Caves Adventures. This culturally enriching experience takes visitors into previously inaccessible caves which are adorned with San artwork dating back some 100 000 years! Guides take visitors to the caves using a secure rope-and-rung system affixed to the rock face, with views of the waterfall and gorge along the way. There is also a wonderful picnic site once the spelunking is done. This rural tourism development initiative also supports local communities through job creation and skills’ development while promoting the use of indigenous knowledge.
Enjoy an epic KZN South Coast experience while supporting another rural tourism development initiative in the beautiful local village of KwaNzimakwe. Try a village tour starting at WowZulu Welcome Centre where visitors are welcomed by local hosts before starting the guided hike. During the day, there’s an opportunity to view locally made crafts; engage with a local sangoma; visit the organic garden and cattle Kraal; view the Shembe Church and community theatre; and stop by a local tavern. This location is also the site of the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails which are a great opportunity for outdoor teambuilding in the form of hiking and biking.
9. Coffee Farms
Then there’s the invigorating farmland experience, visiting Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Mpenjati Coffee, both forming part of the Agri-CULTURE Tours. Beaver Creek is the southernmost coffee estate in the world, boasting three generations of coffee growers. Visitors can enjoy the Crop to Cup walkabout; grab a bite at the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate Café; or go biking on some of the best mountain biking trails.
Mpenjati Coffee was started by Leigh and Des Wichmann at their Jericho Farm in Munster with the processing performed at their Larkfield Farm. The couple has started brewing some of the region’s best coffee blends with visitors welcome to experience the process from plant to cup. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the farm to view the pulping, drying, hulling, separating, grading and roasting of the coffee; before heading to the café to sample the produce.
10. Selsdon Park Estate
Experience the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom by horse from Selsdon Park Estate in Trafalgar. They cater to everyone from beginners to equestrian experts looking to explore the Lower South Coast on horseback. There are great trails cutting across farmlands, coastal forests and sandy beaches.
For another truly authentic rural experience on the KZN South Coast, visitors can head to the village of Nyandezulu with beautiful ocean views. There are guesthouses for those wanting an overnight option, with local tour guides leading hikes to Ntantana Mountain overlooking the 90m Nyandezulu Waterfall. Visitors can engage with the local sangoma, try some home-brewed beverages at the local shebeen, view handmade arts and crafts, and even visit a Shembe Church atop the holy uMdlungwana Mountain.
12. Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre
Discover the region’s rich history and local customs at this vibrant heritage centre. Through demonstrations, arts, song and dance, visitors get insight into the origin of the Zulu kingdom; discover the arts of stick fighting and crafting; learn about the ancient tradition of isivivane; and experience incredible local theatre.
To find out more about these Bleisure destinations on the KZN South Coast and more:
- 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.
- Follow the hashtags #seaanddo #greatestshoalonearth #sardinerun #subtropicalparadise #kznsouthcoast
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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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