A description of places to see in KwaZulu-Natal, KZN, South Coast in South Africa includingAmanzimtoti, Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Shelley Beach, Margate, Port Edward for places of interest such as bird watching, butterfly farm, coffee estates and coffee growing tours, crocodile farms, sardine run, lighthouses, museums, nature reserves,snakes and reptiles



All down the length of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal South Coast there are so many tourist attractions and interesting things to see and do. Ranging from the outrageously adventurous, to active sport, to bird watching, nature trails, family outings, lighthouses, arts and crafts and whale watching there is so much to enjoy. Simply click on whatever takes your fancy. Also visit THINGS TO DO.

Bird Watching
Butterfly Farm
Coffee Growing Tour
Crocodile Farms
Sardine Fever
Nature Reserves
Snakes and Reptiles

BIRD WATCHING back to top

Inkwazi River Resort - home to a Fish Eagle family plus many other species - Port Shepstone area - 039-682-1928
Uvongo Bird Park - Am
azing variety of exotic and indigenous birds in walk-through aviaries, tea garden off the R680 just south of Uvongo - Tel. 039-317-4086



Beaver Creek Coffee Estate

Beaver Creek Coffee Estate

Come and sample the taste of farm-fresh coffee. Beaver Creek offers visitors daily ‘crop-to-cup’ tours, demonstrating the distinctive flavours of the world’s coffee regions and the production skills required in creating the perfect cup. Then lunch at our Estate restaurant.

Take N2 south. At Port Edward traffic light turn right into Izingolweni Road. Travel 4,5km, then left at Beaver Coffee Estate sign. Bon voyage!

Tel/Fax: 039-311-2347

Echo Valley Coffee

Port Shepstone area - 039-687-0250

Crocworld and Riverbend Crocodile Farm
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Riverbend Crocodile Farm - hundreds of crocodiles and numerous bird species, curio shop, art gallery and famous Crocpot Restaurant; just off R620 near Southbroom turnoff -croc.farm@venturenet.co.za


SARDINE FEVER back to top

If you are visiting the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast around mid-June to early August you may be lucky enough to witness our annual Sardine Run (sardiops sagax – also known as pilchards). Renowned internationally as ‘THE GREATEST SHOAL ON EARTH' , these small fish arrive in wave upon wave in shoals of up to 3 km wide and over 10 km long … literally tens of millions of fish!
Accompanying these seething masses are hundreds of thousand dolphins, sharks, game fish and seabirds all lunging and plunging to get their fill. From shore, armed with seine nets, wastepaper baskets, shirts and bare hands mankind joins in the feeding frenzy; annually harvesting around 700 tons of these highly nutritious fish from the sea. Then one day they simply vanish till the following year.


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Three lighthouses offer protection for shipping along our KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. From north to south these are: Green Point Lighthouse - sited between Umkomaas and Scottburgh it warns shipping off the Aliwal Shoal, a world famous dive site. Port Shepstone Lighthouse - on the southern shore of the large Umzimkulu River it was manufactured in England and shipped to South Africa in the 1890s to act as a signal station for the old Port Shepstone harbour. Call 039-682-2455 for more information North Sands Bluff Lighthouse - sited at Port Edward it marks the southern most limit of KwaZulu-Natal waters and offers a magnificant coastal view. Contact 082-374-4114 for more details.

"The Best View of the Coast on the Coast"
Lighthouse Climbs … Accommodation … Coffee Shop … Curios
The Ultimate view site for Whales, Dolphins and Sardines!

for more!

Contact Dave on 082-211-8970 / Fax:039-311-2653
dave@kzncoast.co.za / www.kzncoast.co.za

MUSEUMS back to top

Coastal Treasures Museum - Jo Arkell's Pottery Studio. Old Pont Road, Port Edward - Tel. 039-311-1672 / coastaltreasures@webmail.co.za

Margate Art Museum - largest art museum in KwaZulu-Natal. Vikings Road, Margate - Tel. 039-312-8392

Port Shepstone Maritime Museum - a graphic history of the trials and tribulations of the old Port Shepstone harbour - 039-682-2195

Wild West Museum - a whole herd of surprises awaits you at Ramsgate's Pistols Saloon - 039-316-8463



Bendigo Nature Reserve - otuside Port Shepstone - 039-695-1137

Empisini Nature Reserve - wonderful birdlife, small mammals, hiking trails, overnight cabins, reasonable rates. Exit 117 off N2 highway and follow signs - Tel. 039-973-0093 / empisini@scottburgh.co.za

Mpenjati Public Resort Nature Reserve - hugging the coastline between Trafalgar and Palm Beach this great little reserve comprises an interesting blend of marked walking trails amongst wetlands, beaches, sand dunes, lagoon, grassland and lush coastal forest. Birdlife abounds and there are picnic spots, with ablution facilities, along both sides of the lagoon. Contact 039-313-0531 or KZN Wildlife on 033-845-1000 for more information.

Lake Eland Game Reserve - see Nature Trails & Adventures in Things to Do for information

Oribi Gorge Game Reserve - See giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, rockart and 250 recorded bird species. Take N2 Oribi Gorge turnoff and follow signs - Tel. 039-679-1644 Cell: 083-257-9468

Petrified Fossil Forest - a never-to-be-forgotten prehistoric experience - Port Edward area - 039-311-1211

River Valley Nature Reserve - scenic walks through grasslands, coastal and riverine forest, abundant birdlife and small game, riverside picnic spot. Also camping, climbing and horse riding. Follow sign off Seaslopes Road just after Margate Country Club - Tel. 039-317-3474 Cell: 072-623-8568

Skyline Nature Reserve - between Uvongo and Margate - 039-315-0112

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve - KwaZulu-Natal's southern-most nature reserve, Umtamvuna is a sub-tropical river-hugging botanical Eden that offers spectacular variety of one to three hour hiking trails. It boasts several antelope species, baboons and monkeys and a wide range of birds. View-site picnic areas offer welcome resting spots overlooking the Umtamvuna River and Gorge. Contact 039-311-2383 or KZN Wildlife on 033-845-1000 for more information.

Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve - just a short drive inland near Scottburgh, this reserve offers 56 different mammal species and 300 bird species all sharing densely wooded coastal forest and rolling grassland. Accommodation is also available in the form of a rustic 20-bed tree house and 2-bed huts. Contact KZN Wildlife on 033-845-1000 for more information.


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Pure Venom Snake & Reptile Farm - SA's largest educational reptile farm, includes restaurant and curio shop. Port Shepstone area - Tel. 039-685-0704 / 082-492-8256






Port Shepstone

Shelly Beach



Port Edward