Port Shepstone, South Coast
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Port Shepstone is one of the largest towns of the KwaZulu Natal South Coast in South Africa. Port Shepstone is a popular tourist destination and offers a diversity of attractions and activities.
Port Shepstone boasts unspoiled sandy beaches with warm waters rich in marine life. These waters are ideal for fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming. The 18km of coastline and stretches of rolling surf are ideal for surfing, ski-boating and jet-skiing. Also, take the fantastic opportunity to go on a boat trip and watch whales and swim with dolphins. The Mzimkulu river means 'Home of all rivers'. It is the largest of the South Coast Rivers and meets the sea at Port Shepstone. Enjoy leisure boat trips on these glistening waters and admire the rich wildlife and bird life along the banks. If you would prefer a little activity, there’s river rafting, boating, canoeing, windsurfing and water skiing to excite you for hours on end.
The Mzimkulu River cuts inland and joins the Mzinkulwana River to form the 24km long Oribi Gorge. This gorge boasts spectacular rocky outcrops such as the Overhanging Rock and the shimmering 170m Lehr's Falls. Here, if you are brave enough, you can enjoy the thrill of the world's highest commercial abseil at 110m. There are also hiking trails through beautiful scenery resonant with over 250 species of bird calls and the forest sounds of buck, baboons and monkeys.
To discover more of this town’s fascinating history, visit the Port Shepstone Museum. This charming museum details the town's history with a series of exhibits carrying a maritime theme. The 27 000 candela lighthouse still stands at the mouth of the Mzimkulu River. The present cast iron lighthouse was erected during 1906 and today you can still explore this unique lighthouse.
Port Shepstone boasts a few superb nature reserves that are home to leopards, baboons, antelope and diverse amounts of exquisite bird species. Take a trip through these nature reserves and explore the amazing wild life in superb landscapes. The vast amount of fun filled activities in striking vistas is what makes Port Shepstone so popular. Whether wishing to just unwind or be adventurous, Port Shepstone has something for everyone!
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"A completely unspoilt area and beach, Banana Beach in Melville Port Shepstone is a must! Beautiful rock pools and swimming beach, lovely restaurant and close ..." - Michelle De Witt, Gauteng
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The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is a wonderfully scenic area offering excellent hiking opportunities. The area boasts cliffs and forests and spectacular hiking trails and picnic sites. Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the oribi (after which the gorge is named) is rarely seen ... more information
Port Shepstone's golf course is one of the most popular along the South Coast and is well supported by local and overseas visitors alike. The course has recently undergone major changes - new greens on the 7th and 16th, water added to the 12th and the 15th where an island has been developed to promote the bird ... more information
Blue Flag certification started as an environmental and tourism campaign in Europe to assure visitors that certified beaches are clean, safe and environmentally sound. Blue Flag status is only awarded to those beaches that achieve excellence in water quality, environmental education and ... more information
From the bridge that crosses the iVungu River at Uvongo a nature reserve stretches upstream, created to protect the throng of riverine birds that make the area their home. Although a small reserve, the 28 hectare Uvongo River Nature Reserve boasts such rarities as the buff-spotted ... more information
The Wild Coast Sun Country Club is a rugged beauty of a course. Carts are compulsory but this does not detract from the competitive challenge. The course may be a daunting challenge for professionals and amateurs alike but its wide fairways and huge greens, attract golfers of all levels. A first glance at the ... more information
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