SCTIE celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Southern Explorer route map

For Immediate Attention
09 November 2023

SCTIE celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Southern Explorer route map

This year marks an important milestone for the KZN South Coast’s tourism sector with the popular route map, the Southern Explorer, celebrating its 25th edition.

“We’d like to extend our congratulations to the Southern Explorer team on this impressive milestone and we are looking forward to further promoting the KZN South Coast’s tourism offerings together,” commented Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE). “The region is home to so many incredible assets, from the highest number of Blue Flag Beaches in the province and two-world class dive sites, to being positioned as The Golf Coast. Through our collective efforts, we will continue to drive tourism to the beautiful KZN South Coast.”

The Southern Explorer Association is excited to be launching its Collectible 25th Silver Jubilee print edition that will for the first time combine print, digital, online and smartphone-enabled formats. This, coupled with a web presence that will offer an immersive exploration of the diverse offerings, natural beauty and cultural heritage of the district in a new and current format through its new service provider, Mindful Media. The publication will be produced by the end of April 2024 in time for Africa’s Travel Indaba. Working alongside SCTIE, the Southern Explorer will showcase the region’s incredible tourism potential.

The Southern Explorer Association has, for over two decades, published the Southern Explorer magazine, a route-based publication that has been the trusted companion for travellers exploring 9 specific tours in the district. Now recognised as one of the country’s leading route guides, the Southern Explorer is endorsed and supported by both SCTIE, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and the KwaZulu-Natal Roads Department. The membership advertising options have been restructured to be more inclusive to support local product owners in trying times with lots of added value for both local businesses and visitors.

In addition to this special Jubilee edition, the Southern Explorer Association has a number of exciting plans on the cards. These relate to digital expansion with measurable feedback and a fresh and functional website offering members added value for enhanced business exposure, alongside the beautiful sustainably resourced print publication.

The Southern Explorer Association believes in collaboration to develop and uplift the region with various local and regional entities, including municipal, tourism and civic organisations. Should anyone be interested in joining the Southern Explorer Association or obtaining more information about the Southern Explorer Association they are encouraged to contact the secretary by emailing

Uncover all the adventure on the KZN South Coast by downloading the ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app, visiting the website, checking out the Events Calendar, the KZN South Coast Meeting Planner Guide and more! Don’t miss out on the action 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. Follow the hashtags #uncover #uncoverkznsouthcoast #uncoveradventure #kznsouthcoast




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(Images: Supplied by The Southern Explorer)

(Image: Supplied by The Southern Explorer)

(Image: Supplied by The Southern Explorer)

San Lameer Golf Course.

(Image: Supplied by SCTIE)

Weza Hiking Trail.

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Uvongo Beach.

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Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre.

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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.


Issued on behalf of:

South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise (SCTIE)

Disseminated by:
Olivia Jones Communications

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