The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is without a doubt, not only magnificently beautiful but filled with fun and adventure. And as so often is true, the best places are the ones the locals frequent and love (not just the tourists) – the type of places that take a bit of research to find or the places you get a tip-off about, from your super friendly Receptionist at the Resort.
TimeOff did some intensive research and scouting to bring you this list of the South Coast’s best activities – as voted by the locals.
Umzumbe Surf Lessons
Where? Umzumbe Beach
Suitable for all ages and skill levels
Each lesson is an hour long, includes all the relevant equipment, available seven days a week but booking is essential
Have you always wanted to learn how to surf? Is the idea of being on a board in the breakers irresistible to you? Then a trip to Umzumbe is a must. SA Surfari offers surf lessons from youngsters to more seasoned guests and at any skill level. Prices are tailored according to whether you want to have a private lesson, semi-private or group lessons. If you can surf already, SA Surfari also rent boards. This is a perfect activity to get some vitamin sea…
Contact SA Surfari at +27 (0)73 536 8728 or Sasurfari@gmail.com
A SIGHT THAT WILL SET YOUR HEART AFLUTTER
Ramsgate Butterfly Valley
Suitable for the whole family – for a few hours of relaxing entertainment
If you love to look at the little intricate things in life or have a heart for magnificent creatures… then Ramsgate Butterfly Valley is a must do item, on your South Coast checklist. What makes Butterfly Valley unique is that they specialise in South African butterflies and don’t just import pupae, which means they are able to show visitors the entire life-cycle of these amazing winged-creatures. Butterfly Valley is a perfect educational outing for the whole family; a place to relax, unwind and appreciate the small things in life.
Contact Butterfly Valley at +27 (0)72 235 3688 or +27 (0)73 422 5357 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Splash Water World
Where? Amanzimtoti, Main Beach
Suitable for the whole family
Lifeguards strategically placed all over waterpark
Closed between 1 –24 June and 18 July – 5 August
Splash Water World is known by locals as “Toti’s best kept secret” and offers the entire family a whole range of fun. With ten awesome water slides (for all ages), a family restaurant, ice-cream station, recreational pool, adventure river with tubes, heated pools, kiddies’ rides (for tots that are too small for the big slides), braai area, mini-golf and more – there’s plenty for the whole family to do at Splash. This waterpark is sure to keep the entire family happy, having fun and busy for the entire day and is situated on Amanzimtoti’s Main Beach.
Contact Splash Water World at +27 (0)31 904-2273 or +27 (0)31 904-3034
RISE AND GRIND
Beaver Creek Coffee Estate
Where? Port Edward
Open every day (except Christmas) – 08:00 -16:00
Booking is essential in peak/holiday seasons
Crop Tours are at 12 noon (booking is essential)
Beaver Creek believes that “to love coffee is to live for coffee” and this motto has inspired the three generations involved in running this family business and perfecting their speciality coffees. The family who started with four trees in 1984, to the 60 thousand plus trees currently, offer visitors magnificent daily crop-to-cup tours and have a whole range of speciality coffees, freshly brewed for visitors to taste. Couple the tours with the yummy light meals and decadent coffee served at the on-site Café and it is no wonder visitors are flocking to Beaver Creek.
Call Beaver Creek Estate at +27 (0)39 311 2347/+27 (0)39 311 2315 or +27 (0)72 148 0797/+27 (0)829070652 or email@example.com
WALK IT OFF!
Where? Port Edward.
Suitable for any family member (including children) if they can manage a wee climb
4 km circular climb (takes about three hours to do)
Moderate fitness level
This circular trail is set on the Umtamvuna River, which forms part of the most southern part of the Drakensberg Reserve. This hike is a wonderful way to explore the true natural wonders of the area and although it isn’t particularly long hike, it is a fairly steep one at certain areas. But don’t let this scare you – the spectacular views of the Bulolo River, the valley and the forest – certainly make the steep climbs well worth it.
Contact KZN Parks for more info: +27 (0)21 8135 868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKE A “WALK” ON THE WILD SLIDE
The Wild Slide
Where? Oribi Gorge
Suitable for adventurous guests (this is a milder adventure compared to the Wild Swing
Starting point Oribi Gorge Hotel
The Wild Slide is a guided tour and the perfect way to experience the beautiful sights of the South Coast. Zip-line across the beautiful gorge in a secure harness and see the Lehr’s Waterfall, Baboon’s Castle and other matchless views of the area. The cables are strung 165 metres above the tree tops and truly give the guests a bird’s eye view of the nature surrounding the Gorge.
Contact Wild Fire Adventures at +27 (0)82 566 7424 or +27 (0) 82 337 3746 or email@example.com.
So there you have our list. Let us know, send us pics and drop us a comment if you know of any other gems in the South Coast.