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Some of the more popular activities:
The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is a surfers Paradise blessed with plenty consistent swell and numerous hollow beach breaks, point (mostly right handers) and a few classic reef breaks, which create the perfect conditions for quality surfing waves. It's ideal for experienced surfers who have a knack for fun and adventure, those who are up for some high-stakes texas hold em games are probably better off observing. The most consistent swells could be found during the winter months from May – August, mainly due to the cold fronts that move up the coast from the Cape, producing solid six to eight foot surf. In these conditions all the point breaks along the coast will be firing. You will find good clean surf most mornings during the winter as a gentle land breeze blows straight offshore.
In the summer the swell tends to be a bit smaller with fun surf available at the many beach breaks and the best time to go surfing is during light south westerly’s and early mornings before the north east picks up. There are a number of world class breaks along the South Coast, which are well known among the local surfers as well as the international surfing contingent.
St Michaels on Sea:
Right hand point break that breaks off the tidal pool. Known for its big powerful right handers that grind off the point and run all the way to the beach.
Left hand point break. Good summer break, protected from the north east wind. Good shorebreak.
A good quality sand bottomed point break that wraps around a grassy hill lined with rocks. Like most south coast point breaks, it requires a light south westerly and three – six foot swell.
Fun beach break, with a big wave right hander that breaks off a reef further out off the tidal pool.
Right hand point break, breaks off a small grass headland. Super hollow on the low tide. Good big, powerful wave.
Learn to surf with the professionals, qualified SSA instructors. Private or group surfing lessons.
Surf Action : Ant Brodowicz ; 039 3173604 / 082 659 6644
Learn to Surf and Coaching : Heather Clark ; 039 682 2972 / 082 437 7839
Andrew Banks : 082 8217843
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Bottle nose dolphins are common residents Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast with pods of up to 30 – 50 dolphins patrolling up and down the coast just beyond the breakers.
Humpback whales and the occasional Southern right whale are seen between May and November as they migrate along the coast en route to their feeding and breeding grounds off Mozambique. The whales travel on occasion just beyond the breakers on their return trip along the South Coast.
Boat based tour operators launch from Shelly beach offering dolphin and whale watching from close quarters.
Good vantage points along the KZN South Coast are Orange Rocks; Margate; Ramsgate Conservancy’s Whale View Site and Southbroom [particularly good due to the elevation] and a number of vantage points around Glenmore Beach; Leisure Bay as well as Splash Rock in Port Edward.
Aliwal Shoal has to be the most popular dive destination on the KZN South Coast. Divers flock to Aliwal from around the world to view the rich concentration of sea life at this fossilized sand dune site about 5 kms offshore from Umkomaas just south of Durban. For the experienced diver, there are also two wrecks worth exploring, the “Produce” and “Nebo”.
Further down south, Protea banks is another reef that is a must. Situated about 7kms offshore from Shelly Beach and lying in deeper water at a depth between 25mtrs – 40mtrs is about 6kms long, 800mtrs wide and generally has a strong current running.
In the Summer months divers get the opportunity to dive with Bull (Zambesi) sharks, while hammerheads are often spotted overhead.
In the Winter months, divers have the pleasure of diving with Ragged – Tooth sharks. Protea Banks also boasts a vast number of game fish, including Barracuda, Yellowtail, Kingfish and Potato bass.
Due to the nature of the dive Protea Banks is reserved for advanced divers only.
Hammerheads: Nov – May
Raggies: Jun – Oct
Zambezies: Oct – May
Black Tips: Oct – Mar
Wild 5 Extreme Adventures located in Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve offer a range of adrenalin inducing activities that will be sure to get your blood pumping.
The world’s highest gorge swing 160m, 120km per hour in 2.3 seconds. An experience that will leave you exhilarated.
Suspends 160m above the gorge floor, slide along the cable that spans across the gorge.
One of the world’s highest commercial abseils: 110m along side Lear’s Waterfall.
Grade 2 – 4 ; half day / 1 day / 2 day trip on the Umzimkulu River during the rainy season.
Wild off road go – Karting: Dirt track.
Guided horse trails, experienced and novice riders welcome.
The Baboon Trail (2km); The Overhanging Trail (5km); trail to the Oribi Heads (9km).
The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is also commonly known as the “Golf Coast”.
The Golf Coast is one of the best kept secrets of South Africa’s golfing circuit, with superb courses set in a sub – tropical paradise against the backdrop of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Set up a base for your Golf Coast holiday virtually anywhere on this coast and all the courses are within a hour’s drive by car.
Blessed with nine superb 18 hole golf courses. Five of the top 50 golf courses in South Africa are situated on the South Coast. The Southbroom Golf Course is one of the finest golf courses in KwaZulu-Natal and offers spectacular sea and surf views from the 4th and 5th tees.
Southbroom Golf Course is about 1km away
San Lameer Golf Course is about 5km away
Wild Coast Golf Course is about 25km away
Margate Golf Course is about 12 km away
Port Shepstone Golf Course is about 30km away
Situated on the property of the Wild Coast Sun, about 25km from Southbroom.
Their horse riding trails take you onto beaches with panoramic unspoilt views into lush coastal forests and down to the “Petrified Forest”, where you can see fossils of sea shells dating back millions of years.
This is an experience not to be missed !