Uncover the outdoor splendour of the KZN South Coast with a camping adventure!

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10 May 2023

Uncover the outdoor splendour of the KZN South Coast with a camping adventure!

As the cooler months approach, the KZN South Coast remains a sunny spot for family-friendly adventure from its Blue Flag beaches to the lush hinterland. This is also the perfect time to start looking out for the Greatest Shoal on Earth – the annual Sardine Run – which brings an ocean spectacle close to shore. There’s no better way to enjoy all this outdoor fun than by staying in one of the KZN South Coast’s many top-notch campsites.

“In the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom, we have the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in the province, two of the best dive sites in the world, and a wide variety of forest and farmland-based adventures to enjoy,” explained Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE). “We believe it’s important that everyone gets the chance to uncover the beauty of this region, which is why we want to share some of our best and most affordable camping destinations. With so much to do, and so many great campsites to choose from, you’ll end up wanting to extend your stay on the KZN South Coast!”

Seaside camping
Those wanting to be close to the ocean action to catch a glimpse of the Sardine Run, or simply to relax at the seaside, might want to consider some of these oceanside camping spots. These secure campsites all offer fresh water and electricity for visitor use.


1.       Happy Wanderers Holiday Resort
Location: Kelso
Website: www.happywanderers.co.za

Description: Choose from one of 86 sites nestled under a canopy of indigenous Milkwood trees with the Indian Ocean just metres away. The campsites are varied with grass, sand and concrete options as well as shady, partial shade, and full sun sites. For families storing caravans (at a monthly rate), Happy Wanderers will also place the van and erect the tent before arrival.


2.       Scottburgh Caravan Park
Location: Scottburgh
Website: www.scottburghcaravanpark.co.za

Description: A popular destination, there are 260 caravan park sites with great facilities on offer. Children will enjoy the supertube, play park, volleyball, trampolines and organised entertainment. The site is well located with nearby nature reserves and dive sites for the adventurous.


3.       Rocky Bay Resorts
Location: Park Rynie
Website: www.rockybay.co.za

Description: For a seaside holiday, head to Rocky Bay Resorts caravan park and campsite, surrounded by coastal bush with several beach-facing sites. With pilot Blue Flag beach status, Rocky Bay is a great family holiday destination, with the resort boasting several on-site facilities including a restaurant and dive charters.


4.       Mac Nicols Caravan Park
Location: Bazley Beach
Website: www.macnicol.co.za

Description: This resort is just 90 metres from the beach, located on the banks of the Ifafa Lagoon. All ablution blocks are spotless and modern, with laundry facilities at each one, and eight private ablution stands. The campsites are mostly shaded, with two swimming pools, one of which is heated for the winter months, and an entertainment programme in season. Children will enjoy the trampolines, jungle gym, TV room, Bazley Trails, and canoeing on the lagoon.


5.       Marlon Holiday Resort
Location: Sunwich Port
Website: www.marlon.co.za

Description: This stunning resort has 48 large, lawned caravan and camping sites in shady, semi-shady, or sunny sites. Families will enjoy the on-site pool, children’s play park, trampoline, and even a half-pipe for skateboarding. There’s also a large games room with a TV, table tennis, pool table, and darts.


6.       Untu Palms
Location: Sunwich Port
Website: www.untupalms.co.za

Description: This is a beautiful seaside holiday resort where picture-perfect family holidays are made. It offers direct access to the beach from its 52-stand tent and caravan park, with beautiful coastal forests surrounding the venue. There is a swimming pool and games room available for everyone to use.


7.       Fairhills Caravan Park + Camping
Location: Ramsgate
Website: www.fairhillspark.co.za

Description: Just over a kilometre from the beautiful Ramsgate Blue Flag beach and lagoon are 44 camping and caravan sites in a variety of sizes and types. Each site has an electrical power point and a demarcated braai area, with sunny and shady sites available. There are three ablution facilities supplied by borehole water, as well as a swimming pool, trampoline, jungle gym, nature trail, and sports and games area.


8.       Kingfisher Lakeside Retreat
Location: Trafalgar
Website: www.kingfisherlakesideretreat.co.za

Description: For a luxurious ‘glamping’ experience, head to Kingfisher Lakeside Retreat which is a slice of paradise on the edge of the recently rehabilitated Black Lake. Found on the border of the Mpenjati Nature Reserve and a mere 5-minute walk from a pristine, unspoiled beach, Kingfisher Lakeside Retreat is an exclusive, upmarket tented campsite for those who enjoy a luxurious outdoor experience. There are four tents available, sleeping four people each, built on raised wooden decks, overlooking a freshwater lake. The tents have an en-suite bathroom leading to a semi-outdoor, double shower and fully-equipped kitchenettes.


9.       T O Strand Holiday Resort
Location: Leisure Bay
Website: www.tostrand.net

Description: This incredible campsite and caravan park has 141 sites, and was voted one of the top 20 caravan parks by readers of the Caravan & Outdoor Life magazine. The resort borders the beach, and forms part of a greater conservation area home to many birds and diverse wildlife which can be spotted while hiking on a nature trail.


10.   The Pont Holiday & Water Sport Resort
Location: Port Edward
Website: www.oldpont.co.za

Description: Nestled in the Umtamvuna Valley next to the Umtamvuna River Estuary, The Pont is a beautiful heritage site and the gateway between KZN and the Transkei. It’s the ideal venue for family fun and relaxation for holidaymakers, campers, caravanners, water sports enthusiasts and day visitors. Choose from 45 campsites offering great facilities including a swimming pool, kids’ playpark, and braai areas, as well as a bar and restaurant on the river’s edge.


Hinterland camping
The KZN South Coast’s beautiful hinterland has endless adventures to embark on, from heart-thumping ziplining and suspension bridges, to cultural tours, stunning hikes, and agricultural excursions. Here are a few of the secure campsites to consider in the hinterland, with fresh water and electrical points.


11.   Lake Eland Game Reserve
Location: Oribi Gorge
Website: www.lakeeland.co.za

Description: Found in this stunning game reserve, the Lake Eland camping and caravan site has panoramic views, with close proximity to the reception, playground, and fishing dam. This well-equipped site has a fixed braai and grid, and two ablution blocks. The campsites within this stunning reserve are separated by wooden partitions for increased privacy without obstructing the views. The lake-side campsites also have fantastic views, and are ideal for fishing enthusiasts.


12.   Seaview Game Farm
Location: North of Port Edward
Website: www.seaviewgamefarm.co.za

Description: This beautiful game farm has three campsites. Visitors will enjoy this secluded camp which has incredible views and a firepit for the evenings. There is lots of fun to be had in and around the dam, with a great hiking trail to explore.


To find out about booking at these campsites, or to uncover more about the KZN South Coast’s many offerings, simply download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, visit the South Coast Tourism on Facebook; South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise on YouTube; @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram; South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise on LinkedIn; and the SCTIE website (www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za) to check out the Events Calendar, the KZN South Coast Meeting Planner Guide and more! And click here to check out previous SCTIE press releases. Follow the hashtags #greatestshoalonearth #sardinerun #sardinerun2023 #uncovercamping #uncoveradventure #kznsouthcoast #seakznsouthcoast




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Happy Wanderers Holiday Resort.

Rocky Bay Resorts.

Mac Nicols Caravan Park.

Marlon Holiday Resort.

Fairhills Caravan Park + Camping.

Kingfisher Lakeside Retreat.

T O Strand Holiday Resort.

The Pont Holiday & Water Sport Resort.

Lake Eland Game Reserve.

Seaview Game Farm.


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.


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South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise (SCTIE)

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