Munster, South Coast

Just before you reach Port Edward on the south coast lies the quaint little village of Munster, midway between Southbroom and the Wild Coast.

Munster is within walking distance of adjacent Glenmore Beach and it can get a little confusing, particularly as the swimming and surfing bay in Munster is known as Glenmore beach. But life around here is relaxed enough to cater for minor irritations, and the locals barely turn a hair should your eyebrows ascend to your hairline in confusion.

There’s nothing baffling about the beauty of the coast here, however. There are long stretches of unspoilt beach, lush vegetation, wild sea crashing on to boulders, and giant rocky outcrops. It is unsurprising that there are some wonderful rock-climbing opportunities and that Glenmore Beach in Munster is one of the most incredible beaches in the country.

Munster is shark protected and an excellent surfing beach, providing hours of swimming and shell collecting. The mouth of the Itongasi River has made it a perfect place for launching boats, and Glenmore beach is often the site of beauty and fishing competitions. The annual Sardine Run, which beached in Glenmore Bay in 2000 and 2001, attracts such large schools of dolphin that need to be seen to be believed.

Besides the beach, the Umtamvuma Nature Reserve, just inland from Port Edward, is a breeding ground for a colony of Cape vultures, which build their nests in the cliffs that border the river. The reserve is also home to baboons, several buck, monkeys, the black backed jackal and a rich canopied forest, thick with ferns, lichen and indigenous plants that provides hours of birding opportunities.

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A perfect holiday destination - Munster is well worth a visit. The atmosphere is so relaxed you cant help but slip into holiday mode almost immediately ... fantastic, shark protected swimming beaches, good fishing and if you are a keen birder, make sure you visit the Umtamvuma Nature Reserve which is a breeding colony for the Cape Vulture.

Helen (Kearsney)

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Not only is Munster a 'must visit' but it is also a great place to take a break from a hectic lifestyle and the hustle and bustle of city life. Our family retreats to Munster each year for our annual summer holiday. If you are a nature lover and love to stroll on safe and unspoilt beaches, then Munster is the place to be. If you want to get some action, the Wild Coast is down the road. For that shopping spree or late Christmas shopping, Margate is also around the corner. But, if you are looking for a spot that is ideal for a good break from the maddening crowd, then Munster is the perfect destination! Beautiful, quiet...just perfect!!

Colleen Martin (Randburg)

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