South Coast beaches, KwaZulu-Natal
Everything that makes KwaZulu-Natal such a popular vacation destination for both South Africans and international visitors alike can be found along the South Coast. And the star attraction along its 150kms of coastline from Amanzimtoti, a beach playground just south of Durban, all the way to Port Edward are its stupendous beaches, warm waters, fantastic surf and warm sun.
Often compared to Florida in the U.S., the coastline is a rich mix of golden beaches, lagoons, rocky coves, sub-tropical forests, river inlets and estuaries. The subtropical weather helps produce the lush and colourful foliage for which the area is famous with the southern end dubbed the Hibiscus Coast due to the large number of hibiscus trees.
Four beaches along the South Coast have been awarded Blue Flag status - Hibberdene, Margate Main beach, Marina/San Lameer and Ramsgate.
All meet the Blue Flag organisation’s strict standards for water quality, environmental education and information, safety and services.
All swimming beaches are protected by shark nets and many have professional lifeguards in attendance.
The South Coast’s most highly rated beaches include Southport (Anerley), Banana Beach, Bazley Beach, Beach Terminus, Big Tree Beach, Clansthal, Glenmore Beach, Margate Beach and Marina Beach. The latter is a pristine stretch of coastline just south of Southbroom close to the awesome Mpenjati river mouth and lagoon.
Many beaches have adjoining rivers and lagoons providing a safe environment for children and there are numerous nature reserves, hiking trails, snorkelling and diving locations, and some excellent golf courses, including two of South Africa’s top ten courses. Aliwal Shoal is famous for its pristine reef diving, while Protea Banks, a little way further south, is one of the world’s top destinations for shark diving.
An annual feature is the Sardine Run during late autumn and early winter (May, June and July) when billions of small silvery fish (actually pilchards) make their way up the coast pursued by thousands of dolphins, game fish, sharks and sea birds. Whale watching during the winter months is also hugely popular.
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