Where to Stay - South Africa
 

A new water park is in the offing for the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The water park, which is to based on American style water parks like Typhoon Lagoon in Florida, is to be funded privately and will be located close to the Happy Wanderers Holiday Resort in Kelso.

Amazon Water Park in Kelso, KZN South Coast

Sketch of proposed Amazon Valley Water Park

The developer of the Water Park, Peter Meyer, expects work to start on the new Water Park in January 2016 and plans to complete the project by December 2016. READ MORE


If you are in Durban on the weekend of March 21st 2014 then you are in for a real treat as the Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics are in town as part of the Free Durban Land, Sea & Air Festival.

Free Durban Land, Sea & Air Festival

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Ramsgate Beach on the South Coast

Ramsgate

The stretch of coastline to the south of Durban is commonly known as the South Coast or sometimes the Hibiscus Coast. No matter what the time of year tourists and locals flock here in their thousands to soak up the sunshine that lingers long into the winter months of June and July.

At the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast scene is Margate just 130km south of Durban. This is a real holiday town perfect for family holidays where the beach takes precedence. Its’ sandy beaches are filled with tanning bodies during the holidays along with the aroma of coconut sun-screen which seems to be everywhere. READ MORE


Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast

Crossing the river at Kei Mouth

Leaving Port Elizabeth on the main N2 route it is not long till you arrive in Colchester where you can perhaps take a drive through Addo National Elephant Park. Addo is home to the Big 7 as part of the park is also a marine park, but the main park is home to the Big 5.  It is self-drive but if you want to you can pick up a guide at the main camp. There are a number of lovely picnic spots dotted throughout the park where you can relax and stretch your legs. There are a number of large drinking holes where you can stop your car and watch the elephants.

Continue on along the N2 until you reach the R72 turn off. This route is the coastal road with a number of small seaside towns along the way. Perhaps spend a night in Port Alfred, which used to be a small coastal village but over the years has developed into quite a bustling town. Here you can enjoy a boat trip on the Kowie River or perhaps a pizza at Guido’s overlooking the East Beach and harbour entrance. Both East Beach and West Beach in Port Alfred are accessible with the main swimming beach at Kellys Blue Flag Beach. READ MORE


uMkhuze Game Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

Fever Tree

Properly spelt uMkhuze, this is one of the ‘must see’ conservation areas in South Africa, and happens to be one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1912, the park covers 38,000 ha of varied habitat, ranging from the forested banks of the Mkuzi River, to the dry sand forest, wooded open grassland, as well as reed-beds and pans.

The park consists mostly of flat and undulating grasslands, with the Nsumo Pan being a large and prominent fresh-water feature. Forests and woodlands are dominated by the distinctive flat-topped Acacia tree that typifies the Southern African bush, and with the bright green and yellow barked Fever Trees making a striking feature. The giant and majestic Sycamore Fig thrives in this area and can reach heights of up to 20m or more, forming an impressive canopy offering refuge from the African heat. READ MORE