The South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal is known and loved for its golden beaches, warm Indian Ocean waters and warm climate. It is a popular holiday destination for beach goers.
The South Coast is home to beautiful golden beaches, villages and coastal towns such as Margate, San Lemeer, Hibberdene and Ramsgate. All the main beaches are blue flag beaches, making them ideal for swimming and even snorkelling. There are also areas which are great diving spots for open-water diving.
Reasons to visit the south coast: the South Coast is a year-round destination, perfect for visits from neighbouring cities Johannesburg and Durban for some low-key living and a dedication to relaxation. It’s all about the ocean in this beautiful destination, offering the best sea-view accommodation the South African coast-line has to offer and plenty of things to do including ocean safaris, surfing, fishing, or lazing about on the beach.
There are also many activities to keep you busy if you are looking to escape from the beach. Two of the top 10 golf courses in South Africa can be found in the South Coast. 20km from Margate lies the Mpenjati Nature Reserve which is home to 60-hectares of untouched wetland, grassland and dune forests, making it an ideal place to explore if you are looking to escape the sun and sand. If you are looking for something more relaxed head down to the seafront promenade, grab an ice cream and enjoy the scenery.
During the winter season, usually around June or July, travellers often flock to the South Coast to witness millions of sardines travelling along the east coast of South Africa, commonly known as the sardine run. The sardine run often brings with them a school of dolphins, birds and other large fish.
There are a wide variety of South Coast accommodation options, ranging from guest houses with ocean views to inland bed and breakfasts.