With a sizable hill dominating its topography the region was initially called ‘Outlook’. This however was replaced in 1883 by a Mr. Alfred Eyles whose farm there was named Southbroom Hall after his family’s English estate. Today’s Southbroom still echoes that typical old upper-crust understatement and serenity.
Sub-tropical forests, blue lagoons, golden beaches, rocky coves, the warm Indian Ocean and sunny weather make KwaZulu- Natal's south coast a popular year-round holiday resort for both local and international visitors.
Accommodation varies from up-market hotels to camping facilities, and everything in between. Swim in the surf or just laze on the beach, working on your suntan. Four beaches, namely Margate , Ramsgate, Marina Beach and Hibberdene, have International 'Blue Flag' status. For the golfer, this coast is close to golfing paradise. Named by many 'The Golf Coast', there are nine excellent 18- hole golf courses, two of which are rated amongst the top 12 in the country.
If you want to commune with nature, visit the Umtavuna nature reserve, which conserves plants found nowhere else in the world or go birding - 400 different types of birds have been counted along this coastline. Scuba diving is a popular sport with excellent deep-sea diving areas at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.
Try surfing at the internationally acclaimed surf spots or go abseiling in the Oribi Gorge. Breathtaking is the way you would describe both the scenery and your feelings as you plunge over the edge and swing high over the deep gorge.
Every winter, there is the phenomenon of the sardine run - millions of sardines migrate up the coast and people come from far and wide to scoop up buckets of this natural harvest.
One of the finest bathing beaches along the KZN South Coast, Marina Beach is fringed with lush sub-tropical vegetation on one side and caressed by the sparkling blue Indian Ocean on the other.
Named by descendants of Horatio Nelson, who defeated the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, tranquil Trafalgar is the ideal escape-hatch for those seeking peace and quiet in truly beautiful seaside surrounds.
An idyllic destination for a peaceful beach holiday or romantic getaway, Munster is a sleepy little coastal village with a number of beautiful beaches, including the popular yet still relatively quiet Glenmore Beach. For visitors requiring a little more in terms of shopping or entertainment, Margate is only 20-minutes away, Shelly Beach 25-minutes and the Wild Coast Sun & Casino just 10-minutes. Furthermore, being within an easy drive to no less than six top quality golf courses, Munster is also ideally located for golfing holidays.
Munster was originally the site of a farm owned by a German immigrant Walter von Baumbach. While there appears to be no record as to whether or not that was the name of his farm, considering how other coastal developments acquired their names, it does seem a possibility.