KZN South Coast offers tourists the best outdoor activities this summer!

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Attention
03 December 2021


KZN South Coast offers tourists the best outdoor activities this summer!

#Summerishere and many are looking for the ultimate #kidfriendly location that provides sufficient outdoor activities and well-ventilated venues. Fortunately, the KZN South Coast is a one-stop, #familyadventure holiday destination with its Blue Flag beaches and nature reserves home to a variety of exciting sites and activities.

“While all our tourism establishments are mindful of the new Covid-19 variant and its potential impact, Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is encouraging adherence to the strictest safety protocols to keep our tourists safe this summer holiday,” explained Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of USCT. “With outdoor, well-ventilated spaces the preferred option, we’re really privileged that the KZN South Coast boasts some of the world’s best in nature-based activities and excursions. To guide our potential visitors, we’ve highlighted a few of our top attractions.”

1.      Blue Flag beaches

The KZN South Coast is home to the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in the province, including Hibberdene, Umzumbe, Southport, Ramsgate, Marina and Trafalgar beaches. This is an internationally-recognised certification indicating the high standard of quality, safety, environmental education, services and environmental management. In addition, the KZN South Coast has the highest number of tidal pools providing protected bathing along the coast.

2.      Golf courses

Stretching from Umkomaas to the Wild Coast and inland to Harding, there are 11 quality golf courses found on the ‘Golf Coast’. Among them are Selborne Park Golf Estate, one of country’s premium residential golf estates; Southbroom Golf Club, one of the area’s most popular courses; and the Wild Coast Sun Country Club which is one of the top 10 courses in the country.

3.      Diving, fishing and ocean safaris

Further offshore, there’s an entire world to be explored. Here visitors can find two Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) –  Aliwal Shoal off Umkomaas and Protea Banks off Shelly Beach. With the abundance of marine life, these are considered 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.

4.      Extreme adventures

For those who enjoy living on the edge, the KZN South Coast is a thrill-seeker’s paradise! Wild5Adventures in Oribi Gorge has the Wild Gorge Swing, the highest swing of its kind that drops visitors 55 storeys. There’s also the 80-metre cable suspension bridge some 130 metres off the ground; epic white water rafting and ziplining across Oribi Gorge. Lake Eland Game Reserve, with its wild inhabitants and great views, is another exciting location for an African adventure.

5.      Great Drives Out

Visitors can experience local culture in the outdoors with the Great Drives Out experiences. These authentic rural excursions in the hinterland include the KwaXolo Caves Adventures, a mountainside hike along a cable-and-rung system to the caves adorned with ancient San artwork. The KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails is a beautiful network from Mpenjati Nature Reserve and, just inland of Shelly Beach is the Nyandezulu Experience, a guided tour across the Ntantana Mountain. Local history can be learned at the Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre, a facility that touches on African history, indigenous knowledge, culture and creative arts.

6.      Biking, running, walking and 4×4 trails

Get out and get active in the KZN South Coast’s natural reserves and agricultural lands whether mountain biking, trail running, hiking or embarking on a 4×4 excursion. Some of the area’s top spots for outdoor adventure include Rocky Bay Resorts, Burry Stander Bike Park, 5.              ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest, Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Clearwater Trails.

7.      Birding and picnicking

Enjoy a #familyadventure in one of the many KZN South Coast nature reserves – the ideal spaces to go birding before stopping off for a scenic picnic. The region is a renowned birding destination, home to a number of unique species to tick off the list. These can be spotted in TC Robertson Nature Reserve, Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide, Ventures by Sweetdale and Red Desert Nature Reserve – among many others.

For the full list of KZN South Coast’s outdoor venues, activities and sites, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, or visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za. Alternatively, check out ‘South Coast Tourism’ on Facebook or YouTube, @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram, or ‘Info Ugu South Coast Tourism’ on LinkedIn. Follow the hashtags #KZNsouthcoast #summervibes #gosouth #summerishere #familyadventure #kidfriendly #adventuretravel #extendyourstay.

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(Images: Supplied by USCT)

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Trafalgar beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast.

Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

Protea Banks.

Rock-and-surf fishing.

Wild5Adventures in Oribi Gorge – ziplining.

KwaXolo Caves Adventures.

Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre.

Mountain biking.

Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide.
(Photo credit: Michelle Pearson)

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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