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    This scenic region of South Africa has much to offer those seeking outdoor adventure and unique holiday experience. Here are five reasons why the KZN South Coast should be on every tourist’s list when visiting South Africa.


    Beautiful beaches

    The KwaZulu Natal South Coast is known for its 120km stretch of coastline and marine-based activities. The Blue Flag beaches and diving sites are internationally renowned, attracting world-class divers and documentary filmmakers to the shores.

    Margate Beach Source: Ugu-South Coast Tourism


    Southport. Source: Ugu-South Coast Tourism


    Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

    Just outside Scottburgh, this nature reserve offers visitors a variety of trail options and a range of habitat types – grassland, parkland, wetland, and coastal forest – within the 2 200-hectare space.

    Visitors can expect to encounter more than 300 bird species and other local wildlife, including eland, zebra, bushbuck, blue wildebeest, impala, black-backed jackal, and rock rabbits.


    Outdoor adventures

    The South Coast is an outdoor enthusiast’s haven, with activities from land to sea. The area has 11 golf courses and opportunities for sea snorkeling, white-water rafting and wild swinging at Oribi Gorge.

    The Aliwal Shoal or Protea Banks dive sites are the best places to see the creatures of the Indian Ocean and visitors can learn to surf or get really extreme with abseiling.


    Protea Banks, South Coast’s unique reef system. Source: Ugu South Coast Tourism


    Agri-tourism adventures

    Agri-tourism is one of the South Coast’s biggest attractions with local products, such as coffee, bananas, and macadamia nuts being locally and internationally distributed.

    Farmers enlighten visitors on everything from crop planting and harvesting to final packaging, with an outline of the farm’s history included.


    The Red Desert

    The Red Desert is the world’s smallest desert – only 200 metres in diameter – located just outside Port Edward.

    The red soil is beautifully contrasted against the tropical greenery of the surrounding coastal vegetation. The hills and valleys are where archaeological artifacts have been discovered.


    KZN’s Red Desert. Source: Red Desert Nature Reserve

    Source: Tourism Update