The South Coast, also known as the Hibiscus Coast, stretches from Umkomaas to the Eastern Cape. Synonymous with the South Coast are the towns of Margate, Port Shepstone, Shelly Beach and Port Edward, as are the sardine run, golf, whales and dolphins, beautiful sandy beaches and year-round sunshine.
The South Coast is well-known for its beautiful coastland, which trails down from Amanzimtoti all the way to Port Edward. It boasts a collection of golden beaches, lagoons, grassy slopes and warm waters.
Off the shores of Umkomaas is the internationally acclaimed Aliwal Shoal, a diving hot spot, and down the coast there are a number of excellent diving spots as well as surfing beaches, and the Oribi Gorge where one can go abseiling.
For the outdoor enthusiast the South Coast is a popular destination, and is known for its many leisure and eco-adventure activities such as hiking, mountain biking and kayaking – or spending time in nature reserves.
One of the most breathtaking and famous reserves is the Oribi Gorge Reserve. This natural gorge, formed over thousands of years of erosion by wind and water, is home to many animal species, including leopard, baboon and various antelope, as well as many bird species.
At the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, visitors will find rare and endemic tree and plant species in diverse habitats – and the best nature walks along the entire coastline where 400 bird species have been counted.
Known to golfing enthusiasts as "the Golf Coast" there are nine excellent 18-hole courses in the area, two of which are rated amongst the top 12 in the country.
For those culturally or historically inclined, the area is dotted with battle sites, Victorian era churches and graves. The Art Museum in Margate and the Port Shepstone maritime museum and Port Shepstone Lighthouse are worth a visit, and visitors can find local items at the many craft markets in the area.