Welcome to South Coast
This 160km-long string of coast south of Durban is a surfers’ and divers’ delight (the latter because of Aliwal Shoal). Lined with similar-looking seaside resorts and suburbs running from Amanzimtoti to Port Edward, near the Eastern Cape border, it has a bit of a Groundhog Day feel about it. Most of the developments are spread out along two routes – the N2 and the R102. However, the coastal region’s sandy beaches are interspersed with some pretty gardens and grassy areas, especially in the southern section.
Inland, the sugar cane, bananas and palms provide a pleasant, lush, green contrast to the beach culture. The attractive Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, near Port Shepstone, provides beautiful forest walks.