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UGU South Coast Tourism

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Culture 

The Ugu South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal stretches from Scottburgh, south to Port Edward at the start of the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast and then inland to Harding and Oribi Gorge, and is home to a myriad of sights and activities to be enjoyed; including a National Heritage Site at Paddock Station in the South Coast hinterland, soaring vultures, the Sardine Run and seeing what is probably the smallest desert in the world. Although this area oozes laid-back beach charm, the secluded coves, lagoons and beach walks provide a relaxing backdrop to its collection of adventure activities.

The main towns include Margate, Port Shepstone, Port Edward, Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Uvongo and Ramsgate. A few kilometres west of Port Edward is an area known as the “Red Desert” which lays claim to being the smallest desert in the world, measuring only 200m in size.Between May and July, the calm waters off the coast become a hive of activity when the annual Sardine Run takes place. This mass pilchard migration transforms the sea into one of the greatest feeding frenzies on Earth, as thousands of bottlenosed dolphins, sharks, game fish and gannets feast on the passing shoal. Off this coast is Aliwal Shoal, with the closest launch site in Umkomaas, just outside Scottburgh, and Protea Banks, with its closest launch site at Shelly Beach – two of the world’s top ten diving haunts. Both are frequented by a large variety of shark populations, in addition to an abundance of spectacular marine life. Also in this region are world-famous diveable shipwrecks.


If you’re looking to up your adrenaline even more, visit Oribi Gorge. This 27km long, 400m deep gorge cuts its way through 365-year-old rock and is a haven for thrill-seekers. The world’s highest bungee swing is located here – a heart-stopping, 33-storey jump from the top of Lehrs Falls into the gorge. It is a birding paradise and enjoy watching the vultures soaring at eye-level! Port Shepstone is home to the famous “checkerboard” lighthouse, which was set up here in 1905. It’s cast-iron, checked in black and white, and is just 8m tall. Made in England in the 1880s, the iron lighthouse was found to be too short to protect shipping from the Aliwal Shoal and was moved to its present site to mark the entrance to Port Shepstone harbour.

Address:

16 Bisset Street, Port Shepstone