20 Outdoor Adventures To Try this Easter On The KZN South Coast

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Travel

Calling all adventure seekers: Struggling to find the perfect place for the whole family to go to this Easter? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. The subtropical climate, breathtaking scenery and endless outdoor activities make the KZN South Coast a must-visit destination this Easter.

“There is a growing trend of travel-based experiences that can either be relaxing or adrenaline-inducing – but all fun!” says Deborah Ludick, Acting CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE). “The KZN South Coast has beautiful natural resources which, combined with adventure activities and cultural tours, make for an incredible outdoor adventure.” Why not try one of these exciting activities along the bustling KZN South Coast this Easter?

KZN south coast ocean safari

Embark on an oceanic excursion

Dive into the thrills of the KZN South Coast! With its rich marine life and two renowned dive spots, the KZN South Coast beckons adventure seekers. Diving not your thing? Don’t stress. These ocean views and marine life sightings can be enjoyed from the comfort of a chartered boat out in the ocean, or swimming and snorkelling nearby. Ocean safari experts like Aliwal Dive Centre and African Dive Adventures offer a range of services. These include PADI training and equipment rental, ensuring every adventurer’s needs are met for an epic underwater journey.

KZN south coast river cruise

Discover the Beauty of the Umzimkulu River

Immerse yourself in the scenic splendour that is the KZN South Coast aboard a relaxing river cruise. Accompanied by knowledgeable skippers, you will embark on a tranquil journey. Departing from Port Shepstone, you will encounter stunning bird species and wildlife amidst the picturesque landscapes along the riverbanks.

water sports in KZN south coast

Try water sports in Port Edward

Enjoy a variety of Mauritius-worthy water sports at Pont Water Sports in Port Edward this Easter. On this southernmost tip of the KZN South Coast, travellers can anticipate the ultimate water sports holiday. Try the exhilarating speed boat rides on the Umtamvuna River, ideal for skiing and tubing enthusiasts. Additionally, indulge in leisurely hour-long barge rides or picturesque sunset and river cruises, offering unforgettable memories on the water.

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helicopter rides in KZN

Do sightseeing from high

Experience the thrill of aerial exploration via helicopter, light aircraft, or microlight tours. They’re offered by companies like World of Wings Flight School and Airtrack Aviation. Discover the breathtaking landscapes of the KZN South Coast and spot marine life from above, making for an unforgettable adventure.

Clearwater Mountain Biking Trails

Explore the KZN South Coast on mountain bikes

Gear up for an exhilarating mountain biking escapade along the pristine trails of the remote KZN South Coast. Venture near the Umtamvuna River to discover the Clearwater Mountain Biking trails, winding through indigenous forests and sugarcane farms. For a wildlife encounter, explore the diverse trails within the game-fenced area of Lake Eland Game Reserve. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the scenic forest trails near Harding at Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest & Spa.

Wild 5 Adventures

Swing into the Easter spirit at Wild 5 Adventures

For adrenaline enthusiasts, Wild 5 Adventures at Oribi Gorge offers an array of heart-pounding activities. Experience the thrill of the Wild Gorge Swing, the world’s highest swing of its kind, as you plunge 55 stories from Lehr’s Waterfall. If that isn’t enough, take on the ultimate abseiling challenge down the 110-meter cliff face beside the waterfall or soar through the treetops on the Wild Slide zipline adventure, suspended 165 meters above the ground. For a less intense way to see these breathtaking views, you can opt to cross the 84-meter-high suspension bridge instead.

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KZN south coast fishing

Explore premier fishing spots

Along the 120-kilometre coastal stretch, anglers of all skill levels can discover remarkable fishing spots. With a temperate climate year-round and serene waters, fishing becomes an ideal recreational pursuit in every season, so why not test it out for yourself this Easter? Charter boats are also available for those seeking deep-sea adventures.

Dino Park Port Shepstone

Discover Dino Park in Port Shepstone

Unearth hidden treasures at Port Shepstone’s Dino Park. Encounter 25 dinosaurs in the mini jungle, explore fossils in the Dino Gallery, and enjoy palaeontology fun in the fossil sandpit. Perfect for the kiddies!

KwaXolo Caves Adventures
Image by Catherine Hofmeyr

Try KwaXolo Caves Adventures

Discover ancient San artwork within the caves at KwaXolo Caves Adventures. Experience ziplining, cross a suspension bridge, and enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking the gorge to end the day.

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4x4 trails in KZN South Coast

Explore 4×4 trails on the KZN South Coast

Calling all 4×4 enthusiasts! Discover thrilling off-road experiences at the Lake Eland Game Reserve and along the coastal routes of the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails.

Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide at Oribi Gorge

Have a vulture-viewing experience

Visit the Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide at Oribi Gorge for a captivating two-hour guided tour. Witness a thriving colony of over 200 Cape Vultures, offering a rare glimpse into their natural habitat.

Lake Eland Game Reserve KZN south coast

Go on a safari adventure

Embark on a thrilling game drive at Lake Eland Game Reserve, where you’ll encounter the diverse wildlife of the African savannah! Experience the magic of overnight stays in the heart of the African bush, complete with campfires under the starlit sky, creating an unforgettable outdoor expedition.

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B's Guest House

See a real “Easter Bunny” up close

Treat your little ones to a visit at one of the charming animal farms on the KZN South Coast. At B’s Guest House, just outside Harding, children can interact with a variety of animals including emus, rabbits, goats, ducks, alpacas, chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Meanwhile, at MacBanana’s Mac Farmyard, kids can feed the animals and enjoy pony rides for an unforgettable day of fun.

Pure Venom Reptile Park

Have a reptile encounter

Enhance your adventure by visiting one of the region’s captivating reptile farms. From Pure Venom Reptile Park in Shelly Beach to Riverbend Crocodile Farm in Southbroom, and the conservation efforts of Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh, each sanctuary promises a memorable encounter with unique and intriguing reptilian inhabitants.

Selsdon Park Estate

Go horse riding

Discover the beauty of the KZN South Coast on horseback with Selsdon Park Estate beach rides in Trafalgar. Enjoy scenic excursions along the beaches, through farmlands, and coastal forests, with expert guides catering to riders of all levels, from beginners to seasoned equestrians.

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quad biking in KZN south coast

Go quad biking

Experience the thrill of quad biking across the picturesque landscapes of the KZN South Coast. From exciting rides to Umzamba Bridge with the Wild Coast Sun to rural excursions in eMzumbe with NPS Adventures, there’s plenty of adrenaline-pumping action to enjoy.

surfing on the KZN south coast

Catch waves this Easter

Explore epic, top-surfing surfing spots along the coastline of the KZN South Coast, from St Michaels-on-Sea to the renowned Blue Flag beaches of Lucien in Margate, Scottburgh, Port Edward, and Southbroom, there’s no shortage of thrilling waves to conquer. Local surf schools also offer lessons for beginners.

Ubumbano Farm Stall

Find KZN South Coast’s finest Easter eggs

Indulge in farm-fresh goodness at quaint farm stalls dotting the KZN South Coast. Begin your culinary journey at the Mac Banana Farm Stall in Port Edward, offering a variety of homemade treats with fun farm activities. Visit Ubumbano Farm Stall in Amandawe for freshly-made delights like macadamia nut and rocket pesto, biscuits, and brittle. These stalls are part of the Agri Tours, offering a unique farm-based experience on the KZN South Coast.

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Umzumbe River Trail

Discover hiking wonders of the KZN South Coast

Embark on thrilling hikes across the picturesque KZN South Coast! Discover diverse routes like the Mission Tourism Route, 8km Weza Hiking Trail, 71km Umzumbe River Trail, and the newly launched KwaNdwalane Adventure Experience. Don’t miss the scenic Beach-to-Beach Hike and epic trails in Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

Mpenjati Nature Reserve

Unveil Pristine Wilderness

Immerse yourself in outdoor adventures amid the lush landscapes of the KZN South Coast’s nature reserves and conservancies. Discover the wonders of Mpenjati Nature Reserve near Trafalgar and TC Robertson Nature Reserve in Scottburgh.

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