The beautiful stretch of coastline from Amanzimtoti to Port Edward has developed into the ideal playground for locals and international tourists alike. If you looking for attractions on the KZN South Coast to include in your road trip or looking for unique places to spend the day then you will be spoilt with a unique variety of activities, stops and places to explore.
A variety of outdoor attractions such as jumping off a 165m waterfall, mountain biking through beautiful nature reserves, walking on a swing bridge or even tubing down a state of the art water slide makes the area jam packed with entertainment. There are unique places to eat, some being iconic landmarks and an endless supply of shops to browse though for the shopaholic.
Here is a breakdown of over fifty must See Attractions On The KZN South Coast:
Ice skating at Galleria Mall
GPS: -30.033163, 30.900424| Website
This is a state of the art real ice rink! You can hire skates and it is suitable for the first timer, right up to the professionals. They have different events, check out their website for details and times.
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This is a Toti favourite! The park is suitable for the whole family and it can be a whole day outing, making it well it’s money’s worth. There are 10 different water slides available which are suitable for different ages. Everything you need is availible at the park including the ice cream happiness station, large recreational pool, adventure river with tubes, mini golf and even a braai area.
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This nursery is a South Coast gem! There is a great range of Bonsai’s, a petting zoo for the kiddies, a restaurant on a wooden deck and a pond where you can sit and feed or watch the ducks.
African Crafts at Ultra City
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Support the local talent, at the Umgababa Ultra City as you driving up towards Durban. Locals sell their African goods, grass baskets and mats that they make. A great souvenir to take home.
The Hope Shop
GPS: -30.206144, 30.798927 | Facebook
This is one of my favourite shops situated in the quiet town of Umkomaas. I have spent many hours here! If you looking for something different or unique then this is the place. They have bohemian clothing, crystals, hand made jewellery and lots of trinkets. Great place to buy gifts.
Aliwal Shoal Scuba Dives
GPS: -30.205654, 30.802292 | Website
Aliwal shoal is a very popular diving spot located 5KM off Umkomaas. Aliwal Shoal Scuba have many years of experience diving along the rocky reef and are a favourite with local and international visitors. There are a variety of diving packages, diving courses and accommodation available. Check out their amazing website which its full of pictures, information and prices.
The Shell Shop Atlantis, Shell Gift and Bead Shop
GPS: -30.281651, 30.756826 | Facebook
You can spend at least a hour here and probably wont leave empty handed. There are so many unique and intricate shells and gifts. It’s the perfect little shop to take a little piece of the ocean home with you, they offer a wide selection of beads and also stock hand carved wooden items for home.
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One of the best beaches along the coast. The rocks form a beautiful little bay which is perfect for the kiddies to splash in the waves. There is a tidal pool and a large grass bank for you to put your umbrella up and soak up the sun.
Crocworld Conservation Centre
GPS: -30.255205, 30.772020 | Facebook
Crocworld has over 10,000,00 crocodiles, alligators, African Long-shouted and Dwarf Crocodiles. The centre offers a complete wildlife experience. You can meander through the man made wetland park to view the water birds and flamingos. George of the Jungle’s treetop house, is sited 10 meters above the forest floor and houses exotic parrots, monkeys and other small mammals. The top deck enables visitors to view, but not disturb, the indigenous wildlife below. Feeding is held twice daily at 11am and 3pm.
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Known as the best pizza along the South Coast! The restaurant has a real Italian feel to it. Enzo’s had been serving South coasters with delicious pizzas and pastas for many years. You will not be disappointed!
Shark Cage Diving
GPS: -30.335478, 30.733636 | Website
Shark cage diving at Rocky Bay is operated by scuba diving expert John Miller. John has 25 years of Scuba Diving experience, both in diving with sharks and diving coral reefs. Together with his experienced team, John will ensure you have the most unforgettable shark diving experience! Lisa has personally done a dive and it was a awesome experience!
The Wrecked heron
GPS: -30.354531, 30.718352 | Facebook
Imagine being served a cocktail or ice cold draft on a 1957 wooden ferry boat which is the middle of the bar! This old boat was bought back to life and adds such character to the pub. The Wrecked Heron overlooks the beach and the swimming pools in the Happy Wanderers resort are a stone throw away. There is a restaurant next door which makes burgers to die for! This is quite a unique experience! Day visitors are welcome.
Uzumbe Surf Camp
GPS: -30.354531, 30.718352 | Facebook
A great way to meet new friends and enjoy the beach in Summer. Uzumbe surf camp offers one on one instructions and all equipment needed to catch a wave is included. The camp offers different surf packages, however booking is essential so check out their website for dates. Suitable for all ages who want to learn how to surf!
Mantis and Moon
GPS: -30.624256, 30.542231 | Website
This is one of the most unique spots down South. This backpackers nestled between banana and papaya trees showcasing something different around every corner. Relax in the Jacuzzi, do some Yoga in their studio, practice your moon dancing, enjoy good chats around the fire pit or have a few cold ones at the bar. The accommodation is unique from Ti-pi’s to tree houses and the atmosphere is zen and friendly.
Umtentwini Conservancy Whale Viewing Deck
GPS: -30.729171, 30.463456 | Facebook
The Umtentweni whale deck offers magnificent views over the Indian Ocean and the Umzimkulu River Mouth. Built as an initiative of the Umtentweni Conservancy, this viewing deck provides a high vantage point. Come down to relax and watch the waves and spot a few whales and Dolphins if you lucky!
Oribi Gorge and the Wild 5 Adventures
GPS: -30.667666, 30.304769| Website
This one is for the adrenaline junkies out there! The Wild 5 offers 5 different adventures: Abseil down a 110m Cliff face, water rafting down some really fast rapids, a wild Swing (which is the highest of its kind in the world) or take a a zip line that spans 165m above the treetops. You can also hike along the top of the Gorge and go over a 84M suspension bridge. Besides all that there is a paint ball arena, loads of sites to view from the car and mountain bikers can follow a very scenic track. Lock in your love along Lock-Lane and throw the key into the gorge! There is something for the whole family, check out their website for more information.
Pure Venom Reptile Farm
GPS: -30.785937, 30.385043| Website
If you love creepy crawlies this one is for you! The reptile farm has a mix of pythons, anacondas, cobras, and rattlesnakes. The animal farm has parrots, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits and plenty more. There is also a family restaurant and curio shop selling souvenirs and accessories. Open 7 days a week 9am-4pm.
Must -Byt Ocean Chaters
GPS: -30.808398, 30.412249| Website
These guys are serious and experienced fisherman, located at the Shelly ski boat club. Not only do they cater for big game fishing, shark fishing and bottom fishing they also charter for deep sea views, deep sea swimming, back line cruises and pleasure trips.
Lake Eland Game Reserve
GPS: -30.808398, 30.412249| Website
Lake Eland offers a whole playground! You can fish, hike, picnic or take an extreme slide on the longest zipline in Africa. The reserve offers a suspension bridge, eagle look out point, self game drives, horse riding, a 4×4 track, paintball games and amazing wildlife. A fully equipped restaurant is also available. Check their website for accommodation bookings and prices. What a great day out this could make!
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26Km from Port Shepstone, set on a rocky incline with sweeping views over the majestic Umzimkulu River Gorge you will find the Leopard Rock lookout. This is a famous spot for photo’s with its overhanging rock and views.
Leopard Rock Coffee Shop
GPS: -30.652276, 30.281145 | Website
The Leopard Rock cafe is at the same location as the Leopard Rock lookout but it is so worth mentioning on its own. Enjoy a home cooked meal with a spectacular view from a 21m deck overlooking the Gorge. Nested in beautiful gardens this is a great place to meet friends or take some breathtaking photos. If you like what you see there are chalets available on the property for over night stays, check out their website for more information.
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Shelly Centre is the most popular seaside shopping mall down the south coast, with a variety of different shops you will find all the odds and ends that you are looking for. The centre have 6 Ster-Kinekor cinemas and were recently voted best shopping centre for the 10th year in a row.
Uvongo Rotary Market
GPS: -30.827860, 30.392123 | Facebook
Every Saturday morning the Rotary hold a flea market with rows of stalls to walk through and discover interesting goodies, food and home made goods. There is a tea garden and on some weekends they have some relaxing live music. In December in the adjacent field there is a Christmas Market held in a huge tent they have some really nice gift ideas!
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Kart Freaks in Margate offers epic Go Kart tracks wto challenge and race your friends , There is also quad bikes with a ATV track, paintball, restaurant, sweet shop, car wash and trailer hire available.
The Cock and Tail Cafe
GPS: -30.862050, 30.370845 | Website
Best cocktails, mock tails or jam jars on the Hibiscus coast with a relaxing sea view. The bar is beautifully laid out with a wooden deck outside and a large sitting area inside. Pool tables are available and plenty of big screens to watch sport. The bar often host events and bands, check out their website for more information.
Surf Action Surf shop
GPS: -30.863712, 30.369992 | Website
The surf shop with a history! Action Surf is owned by Ant Brodowicz who in 1978 became the 7th ISA World surfing champion. This surf shop will have everything you looking for: accessories, clothing, skate, surf, and body boards. Surf lessons are also on offer! If you lucky you may even be served by the legend himself who is truly a genuine person. Check out the website its loaded with information.
The Waffle House
GPS: -30.887690, 30.347854 | Website
This historical South Coast landmark is nestled in tranquil sub-tropical edge of the Ramsgate Lagoon. The choclate chip waffle is a favourite or try one of their unique savoury waffle. Finish your visit with a leisurely walk across the quaint wooden bridge to the beautiful Ramsgate beach for a swim or a laze on the sand. Can get very busy in season so go early!
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This is pretty cool! It works with acoustics if you stand in the center of the compass and face in the exact SW position then say your name loud, it echos all around you. A very interesting science lesson!
Canoe or paddle boat up Bilanhlolo River
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On Ramsgate Beach next to the famous Waffle House is a path that takes you to the beach. You can hire a canoe or paddle boat for the whole family and go up the Bilanhlolo River.
Lobster Pot Resturant
GPS: -30.890221, 30.347297| Facebook
A great seafood and grill spot! The four course Sunday lunches are the best! This gem in Ramsgate has been around for more than 50 years and is a iconic landmark. If you love sea food this is the place!
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What makes Ramsgate Butterfly Valley so unique is that they specialize in breading butterflies that are from South Africa. Butterfly Valley witness the entire life-cycle of the butterfly and the share these beautiful creatures with the public to view.
GPS: -30.890507, 30.347066 | Facebook
Once you step inside Burlesque Café ,you’ll quickly be swept up into whatever fantasy is on offer for the day. The decor is very dramatic and unique so if you looking for a different experience this is where you need to go! I love that their menu is seasonal and changes four times a year. All the food is organic and fresh supporting local suppliers, farmers and fisherman. The cafe makes a very unique dining experience.
Ramsgate Relics and Antiques
GPS: -30.890346, 30.347301 | Facebook
One word, treasures! If you love history and love beautiful furniture and relics from the past then this is the place where you may just find that piece of treasure you been looking for to add to your collection. Simply go to browse around, you never know what you might find from the past.
Bellevue Park Eco Play zone and Botanic Garden
GPS: -30.901874, 30.321675| Website
Bellevue Park is a natural heritage site and the area has been rehabilitated to provide a living resource to encourage environmental education. This is a great place for the little kiddies and even the older folk. Relax on the grassy lawns which is surrounded by over 200 species of indigenous trees and wild life. There is a sand pit, obstacle course, slides and swings to keep the little ones busy.
Pistols Saloon & Wild West Museum
GPS: -30.902460, 30.321622 | Website
Pistols Saloon is more than just a music bar, it has a real wild west museum next door with cowboy memorabilia that is open to public to view. The pub itself is full of character and will make you feel like you in a old western movie. Huckleberry the donkey is one of their best patrons that to walks around the saloon a few times a day to get petted and greeted by all the visitors. The donkey is an absolute favourite among the kids!
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Southbroom Surf School
GPS: -30.907175, 30.333118| Website
I have only ever heard good reviews about this surf school. With 20 years surfing experience along the coast you know you are getting professional coaching. This school offers private lessons, semi private lessons, surfing lesson packages, host kids parties and offer board hire.
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Formally known as the The Barn Owl this popular trading post sells quality crafts, a selection of farm produce including bananas, macadamia nuts and other seasonal fruit as well as a range of homemade and bottled products. Their farm house kitchen serves wholesome breakfasts and lunches and if you up to it you can book a banana farm tour.
Riverbend Crocodile Farm
GPS: -30.905217, 30.317950| Website
The Riverbend Crocodile farm is open for crocodile viewing and feeding which takes place twice a week. You can watch baby crocodile hatching demonstrations in the summer months and the farm host snake demonstrations. (check out their website for details) The Riverbend also has a cafe, art, wine gallery and a small curio shop. The staff are always friendly and willing to show you around.
Selsdon Park Estate Horse and Pony Rides
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Nightingale Shipwreck, which ran aground on the rocks off Glenmore Beach in 1933. Part of the wreck, the boiler and cylinder, can still be seen on the rocks and is accessible at low tide. Interested visitors can still pick up pieces of porcelain or trader beads from the beach, particularly after storms and high seas.
Bucks Farm Stall
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Bucks farm stall is famous for their home made pies! There is a dam right next door where you can picnic with the family or fish for bass. The store sells local crafts, honey, gifts, toys and other home made goodies.
Mpenjati Nature Reserve
GPS: -30.971288, 30.278168| Website
Mpenjati Reserve is located just before Palm Beach, for a small fee you get to relax along this river where there are braai and toilet facilities. It is a safe and protected area, you can fish, canoe or go look for fossils along the shore at low tide.
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Mac Bananas Estate is an all in one experience. The food emporium offers a great selection of nuts, fruit, jams, pickles, sweets and a cellar with a great selection of wines. The Banana Cafe is famous for their sweet and savoury pancakes. There is also a few speciality stores, a small nursery and a car wash. Mac Bananas offers a great variety of activities and adventures. There are guided pony rides, Mac Venture golf, a rope adventure park with a zip line, Quad bike and sedgway tours, Paintball, Mac Farmyard with animals and a butterfly dome. This is not one stop to be missed and something the whole family would love!
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The Cow Shed serves an amazing breakfast while the kiddies play on the jungle gym. After breakfast browse through the nearby clothes and gift shops.
Emithini Artwear and Decor
GPS: -31.064876, 30.182717 | Facebook
For all the hippy happy people! This amazing artist fabric paints clothes and throws that are full of colour and patterns. Makes an interesting and unique stop.
The Pont Holiday and Water Resort
GPS: -31.066659, 30.180946| Website
Family boat rides to different tubing options and at reasonable prices. I have been on their cruise which is very relaxed you can have a few drinks and admire the view while you gently meander down the river. I have also been on their tubes and it is a whole lot of fun! The skippers are very friendly, good with kids and know to keep you safe while you holding on for life. There are different packages on offer for all ages. The Pont also offers is also a newly renovated restaurant.
Beaver creek croft Estate Tours
GPS: -31.044055, 30.182286 | Website
For all the coffee lovers! Visit the Estate to sample coffee and purchase the range of freshly roasted Beaver Creek coffee. There is also a selection of other coffees on sale from around the world, jams, home made goodies and other novelties. The Estate Cafe serves delicious meals and a range of freshly roasted coffee all day. Daily coffee tours starts at 12 noon, booking is essential in holiday season – check out their website for further details.
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The Red Desert, found just outside Port Edward is reputed to be the smallest desert in the world. The desert stretches barely 200 meters across and is surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation. Theories of the origin of the desert range from extra-terrestrial landings to excessive overgrazing in a confined area.
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Clearwater trails provides avid bikers an amazing adventure experience. There also have a runners tails available or go on a nature walk to admire the views. The trails go through beautiful farmlands and mixed terrain and borders on the botanically rich eZemvelo Wildlife Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. Bikes and gear are available for hire and there is a cafe that serves a range of breakfasts, lunches and tea time treats.
Wild Waves Water Park
GPS: -31.087245, 30.183620 | Website
Wild waves water park is part of the Wild Coast Sun just 5km from Port Edward. The park has an incredible assortment of slides and rides that will keep every family member’s adrenaline pumping.
Wild Coast Sun Casino
GPS: -31.085904, 30.179951 | Website
Who is feeling lucky? Besides the slot machines the casino offers poker machines, blackjack tables and roulette wheels. While you busy making your fortune there is ample activities on offer to keep the kids entertained for hours.
What is your favourite stop along the South Coast? Do you know of any unique attractions On The KZN South Coast not mentioned in this post? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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