The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal also known as the KZN South Coast or just the South Coast is a popular holiday destination in the Southern region of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The “South Coast” starts 30-minutes’ drive south from Durban and follows the coastline for about 120km. Stretching from Scottburgh in the north to Port Edward in the south and Harding in the west the South Coast is governed by the Ugu District Municipality. The Margate Airport offers flights to and/or from OR Tambo International Johannesburg on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The South Coast with its subtropical climate is known as Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom and has 58 golden beaches which include many of South Africa’s favourite beaches. These include Shelly Beach, Margate Beach, Lucien Beach, St Michael’s Beach and Ramsgate Beach which are loved by locals and holiday makers alike for swimming, surfing, body-boarding and fishing from the rocks or piers. Most of the popular beaches have lifeguards on duty during the peak periods and in season to keep the bathers safe. Explore and discover the colourful and unique marine species snorkelling or SCUBA diving in the warm Indian Ocean.

Don’t miss out on the annual winter sardine run when the shoals of these silver fish bring the ocean alive. It is really a bucket list item that must be experienced at least once in your lifetime. The sardine fever is hard to resist and the bounty of ocean species that are on show is phenomenal. From the game fish and sharks to the dolphins and whales it is a sight to behold.  Follow the ever present gannets and seagulls diving into the massive shoals as they are chased along the coastline, bubbling up to the surface to escape the hungry predators below.  

With Protea reef on our doorstep, dive into a selection of water sports and activities such as shark diving, scuba diving, big game fishing, shark fishing and bottom fishing. Visit one of the most successful crocodile breeding farms in South Africa or spend a few hours relaxing in the Valley of Butterflies.

The coastal region has nature reserves and the two gorges, Oribi Gorge and Umtamvuna Gorge with amazing wildlife, hiking, picnicking and extreme activities. The reptile farm has a mix of pythons, anacondas, cobras, rattlesnakes and family a restaurant and curio shop selling souvenirs and accessories. The inland subtropical forests and grassy hills offer the outdoors-man many running, mountain biking, motor sports and biking activities. 

There are many activities, adventure and things to do on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal throughout the year and you can view the happenings and events that are updated throughout the year on our Events and Happenings page.

When the urge to shop grabs you, head to one of our malls which have reputable national retailers and friendly local shops. There are a wide selection of restaurants, coffee shops and cuisine on offer that will appeal to all tastes. Throughout the year and in season there are Mardi Gras and Flea Markets with rows of stalls with a wide selection of homemade goods, foods and produce as well as plants and clothing.

Visit the beautiful South Coast of KwaZulu Natal for a weekend or your annual holiday. Let Happy Holiday Homes make your holiday dreams into unforgettable memories in the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.

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