Margate is an enchanting small seaside town, where the ocean meets the sky and every captivating sunrise feels unparalleled. It is perfectly located on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, just twenty kilometers southwest of Port Shepstone. Margate is renowned for its alluring sub-tropical beaches, impressive views, charming accomodation, trendy fishing spots and is a firm favourite for adventurous travellers. Between June and July, gaze with amazement at the enormous shoals of sardines at the popular annual sardine run. This seaside town has a national airport, making it the hub of the south coast.
In terms of accommodation, there is something for everyone with many apartment buildings, hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and backpacker’s lodges to choose from. Desroches Hotel on Marine Drive is the ideal location to experience the splendour of the South Coast. This comfortable and convenient hotel, with most of its rooms sea facing, is suitable for families, couples, conferences and banqueting. There facilities range from babysitting, a rooftop sky bar and a restaurant with a pool and lounge, gym and spa. Minutes from this hassle free hotel are pubs, shops, and main beaches.
The extraordinarily beautiful Leopard Rock, a mere half hours drive from Margate via the R61 and N2 (GPS: S30.65 320˚ E30.28 029˚), is an idyllic place for breakfast or a lazy lunch on the outside deck, set on a rocky incline with grand views of the Umzimkulu river gorge along with its incredible bird life. The menu comprises of homemade South African cooking, including steaks, burgers, curries, salads and special cakes. The Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide permits guests to observe and photograph the inhabitant population of over one hundred and twenty cape vultures.
Beaver Creek is a must do for coffee, situated twenty eight minutes just outside of Margate in Port Edward (GPS: S31. 0510939˚ E30.2046941). Visitors can gain knowledge on what goes into making an impeccable cup of coffee. The ‘crop to cup’ experience is a tour that illuminates the process and expertise put into creating excellent coffee. One can pleasure their tastes buds by sampling some of their freshly roasted coffee. At the Estate Café, cakes and light lunches are also available if you feel a bit peckish.
‘Mac Banana’, famous for scrumptious savoury or sweet pancakes and light meals is located on the R61 national road between Palm Beach and Munster (GPS: S30˚59 589 E30˚15 586). This distinctive food, shopping and entertainment centre is open seven days a week, and is broadly stocked with an assortment of specialised products from the south coast. One is spoiled for choice, with dynamic activities like quad biking, mountain biking, art galleries, banana tours and ‘Mac’pinball to note a few.
Referred to as the ‘ultimate rush’, the wild five adventures that is the Wild Swing, Wild Water Rafting, Wild Abseil, Wild Slide and the Suspension Bridge has received the Lilizela award for best visitor experience in South Africa in 2014, and is based at Oribi Gorge Hotel (GPS: S3065320˚E3028029˚). The Kwa-Zulu Natal south coast is a natural unblemished paradise that should be on everyones bucket list, not just for thrill seekers!
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