Kingsburgh, South Coast

Kingsburgh and Amanzimtoti are usually lumped together as a southern addendum to Durban, despite lying 40 km outside the city.

There is some geographical truth to their being spoken about in one breath – they do lie alongside one another on the south coast of Durban. But the two towns are distinctly different.

Unlike Amanzimtoti, Kingsburgh is something more of a village. It retains its seaside charm, closer in nature to the '70s ideal of coastal holiday resort. For this reason it is described by visitors as the perfect beach holiday spot – quiet, yet big enough to meet one's needs with local shops and restaurants, beautiful beaches and a unique slowing of time that allows one to reduce oneself to little more than working on one's tan whilst catching up on a novel or two.

Kingsburgh lies between Warner Beach and Winklespruit, the Little Manzimtoti River its northern perimeter and Route 603 its southern. To the west of the N2, homes lie high on a ridge overlooking the sea with beautiful views and treelined streets.

Little spoils even the beachside avenues of the town, where there is little evidence of ostentatious double-storeyed mansions to hog the view or turn the village into a rendition of Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard. If anything Kingsburgh remains 'undiscovered'.

Kingsway Street is lined with commerce of yesteryear – second-hand furniture stores with names like Odds and Sodds, car hire, a Kwikspar, a pharmacy, Steers, DVD hire and the odd pub.

With access to the beaches off Illovo Beach, Warner Beach, Winkelspruit and Karridene, there is little more one needs for a perfect family holiday.

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