KZN South Coast is ready to welcome an influx of Easter holiday visitors

KZN South Coast is ready to welcome an influx of Easter holiday visitors

When it comes to holiday destinations, the #KZNSouthCoast – with its Blue Flag Beaches, world-renowned dive sites, hinterland tours and outdoor adventures – is one of the country’s leading destinations. And this year, the #KZNSouthCoast tourism establishments are Covid-19 ready-and-waiting for visitors seeking a relaxing, family-friendly, seaside holiday.

“We are anticipating – and preparing for – a bumper Easter season after a year of lockdown and restricted movement,” commented Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) CEO, Phelisa Mangcu. “Many of our tourism establishments are already full, with families looking to make lasting memories in a safe, nature-based environment like the KZN South Coast. And we have such a wealth of options; beaches, nature reserves, farms, conservation centres, rivers, mountains and caves, all providing the backdrop to exciting adventures and unique experiences.”

Covid-19 safety protocols

Because of the many outdoor activities offered on the #KZNSouthCoast, visitors benefit from reduced Covid-19 risk at these open-air venues and sites. In addition to this, USCT has been communicating up-to-date Covid-19 information with all tourism establishments via the website’s dedicated Covid-19 portal, as well as the many social media platforms. In consultation with leading health-and-safety professionals, USCT assures visitors that all tourism venues are briefed on the latest procedures, particularly relating to ventilation.

Outdoor activities on #KZNSouthCoast

The #ParadiseoftheZuluKingdom boasts a number of unique, outdoor activities that are both family- and budget-friendly. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

  • Golden beaches – five of which have achieved the international rating for Blue Flag Beaches – ideal for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and relaxing.
  • The #KZNSouthCoast is home to the most tidal pools in KZN which provide sheltered beach swimming regardless of the surf conditions.
  • It has two Marine Protected Areas at Aliwal Shoal and Protea banks, both of which are world-renowned scuba diving, shark cage diving and freediving sites.
  • Also known as ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses alongside oceans and coastal forests, there is a green for every golfer. These are found at Umkomaas, Scottburgh, Selborne Park, Umdoni, Port Shepstone, Harding, Margate, Southbroom, San Lameer, Port Edward and the Wild Coast Sun.
  • There are extreme adventures to be had, such as Wild 5 Adventures which includes the Wild Gorge Swing – the highest swing of its kind in the world – ziplining, white-water rafting and paintball.
  • The numerous nature reserves and farmlands are great for trail hiking, running, 4×4 adventures and day visits. One of which is the popular KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails.
  • There are cultural sites to explore such as the KwaXolo Caves Adventures which is a scenic hike to caves holding ancient San artwork, or the Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre which is a facility showcasing the local history, cultural and creative activities of this region.

Access to visitor information

USCT has made visiting the #KZNSouthCoast simple with the launch of the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores. Once downloaded, visitors can easily plan the entire Easter holiday, from booking accommodation and finding local eateries to discovering specials and planning day trips. Visitors can also visit the website www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za, or follow the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page, or @infosouthcoast on Twitter.

Make sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

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(Images: Supplied by Ugu South Coast Tourism)

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

 (Image credit: Justin Klusener)

The #KZNSouthCoast is home to the most tidal pools in KZN which provide sheltered beach swimming regardless of the surf conditions, pictured here is the Margate Beach Tidal Pool.

 (Image credit: Justin Klusener)

Shark Cage Diving at one of the world’s top ten dive sites – Aliwal Shoal on the KZN South Coast.

The KZN South Coast is widely known as ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses alongside oceans and coastal forests, there is a green for every golfer. Pictured here is San Lameer.

Wild 5 Adventures Wild Gorge Swing.

KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails.

KwaXolo Caves Adventures.

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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