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Written by Omar Botha   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:39

Why choose the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast?

  • Proximity: An hour from Durban, and you’re on a deserted beach, toes lapped by a warm Indian Ocean, nothing but a lush green tangle of milkwoods and wild bananas behind you, and the occasional rumbling train.
  • Untouched: Due in part to the coast-hugging railway line, vast swathes along the R102 have escaped the rapacious development that characterizes the north. The areas to look out for are Umkomaas’ Widenham beach and Clansthal Conservancy, the historically fascinating and upmarket Pennington, and Umzumbe – home to a blue-flag beach, cool surf schools and the fabulous Pumula.
  • Beach access: There aren’t many places on South Africa’s coastline where you a) can open your garden gate and step directly onto a gorgeous beach, and b) aren’t forced to keep your eyes on the horizon to avoid all the concrete monstrosities.
  • Exclusivity: Cutting through the length of this coast, the railway means that many of these beaches are effectively the private domain of the low-key bungalows and cottages tucked into the thickly vegetated dunes.
  • Affordability: The South Coast is very, very affordable, particularly in winter, when the weather is best.
  • Architectural history: Pennington is home to three of South Africa’s most gorgeous examples of early 20th-century architecture: Lynton Hall and Botha House, both built by the sugar baron Sir Frank Reynolds, and Selborne Manor House, built for the managing director of Reynolds Brothers Ltd in 1954. Selborne was the first residential golf estate in the country.
  • Diving, surfing, golf: Aliwal Shoal (boats launched from Umkomaas) is considered one of the top 10 dive sites globally. Green Point near Clansthal is a world-class surfing break, while Umzumbe is one of the best places to learn. Selborne Park Golf Estate and Umdoni Park are two of the top-rated, must-play golf courses in South Africa.

 

There’s nothing like backpacking around South Africa’s incredible Wild Coast. There’s just no comparing this magical, rural place to anywhere else. So instead of using a whole lot of words, here are some photos.

The Wild Coast in pictures - Properties

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And also the best playground for any kid

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Deserted beach on deserted beach

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Early morning cliffside wanderings

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The perfect way to start a day

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Beautiful mornings

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The most relaxed cats in the world

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Silly dances and Xhosa huts

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Learn to surf

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How to spell ablution

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How to spend a day at the beach

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Volleyball at Mdumbi Backpackers

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The ultimate picture of the Wild Coast

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Grass and beach and trees

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Looking away from the wall's hole

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Coffee Bay river mouth

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High on a hill there's a lonely goat herd

The view you get from pretty much any random hill

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 14:51