South Coast at a glance
SOUTH COAST - Be it deep sea, ski-boat, paddle-ski, kite, saltwater fly, rock, surf, estuary, or even fresh water bass, the KZN South Coast is a fisherman’s paradise. Summer brings King Mackerel (locally called ‘Couta), Dorado, Kingfish and hard-fighting flatfish such as Sandsharks and a variety of Rays. In winter – particularly during our spectacular annual Sardine Run – you’ll cross hooks with a wide variety of gamefish. Suburbs of Umkomaas include Widenham, known for its colossal bush-covered sand dune known as "Sand City", and the planned community of Saiccor Village, built for Saiccor workers in the 1950s and 1960s. Beaches are found at Widenham and the Mkhomanzi north bank near Ilfracombe, which is the launching point for many boat excursions and diving trips to the Aliwal Shoal. The population of the neighbourhood, if including Widenham, Saiccor Village, and Ilfracombe, is about 4,500. Also within the neighbouring area are the towns of Roseneath, Clansthal, Magabeni, Craigieburn,Sunpark and Newhaven.
UMKOMAAS -The Umkomaas or Mkhomazi River is a dominant feature of the area, being the largest river on the South Coast. Occasionally, raft races, canoeing, and other sporting events are held on the river. Umkomaas is most renowned for the superb diving opportunities created by the Aliwal Shoal, a coral reef about 5 kilometres offshore. Ragged-tooth sharks, Rock Cod, and a number of other species can be found in the shoal. Additional tourist attractions include the Umkomaas Golf Course, home of Tim Clark and widely regarded as being one of the best in KwaZulu-Natal, and the beautiful Empisini Nature Reserve, a forested area that features a delightful waterfall and a number of bush walks.
SCOTTBURGH -Scottburgh is also particularly renowned for its large surfing community. Superior waves are to be found along the coast, especially during the winter months. Popular spots include Green Point, Pennington, Kelso, Scottburgh and Rocky Bay. Many other perfect breaks along this coast can be found. Surfers and Body boarders from around the world come for surf trips around the south coast, and would visit Scottburgh in particular for its worldwide surfing reputation. However, one appeal of Scottburgh Beach is in its grass-covered banks leading down to sandy beaches, which have made it a popular holiday resort for South Africans and foreign holidaymakers alike for many years.
PORT SHEPSTONE- Thousands of years before the holiday makers, it was the Khoi and San people who roamed the lovely land and coastline around the Mzimkulu River on the South Coast of the Kingdom of the Zulu where the bustling town of Port Shepstone now lies.