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Scottburgh, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Scottburgh, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu Natal

Scottburgh is one of the most attractive and thriving resorts on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Visitors are drawn by the year-round sub-tropical temperatures and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Scottburgh’s main appeal lies within its sheltered beach, or Scott Bay as it is commonly referred to.  The beach is protected by shark nets, and lifeguards are present all year round. This beach is geared for family fun holidays, with inviting tidal and paddling pools, supertube and miniature railway entertaining the kids all day.

This area is also popular with fisherman, either fishing from the surf or off the rocks.  The beach sees much more activity during the “Shad” (Elf) season (summer) and even more during the annual (May – July) sardine run.

The Scottburgh Country Club is an 18-hole golf course and other sporting facilities include tennis and bowls.

Surfers can indulge their passion in finding the perfect wave as the ocean here is blessed with the swells and points that deliver the goods. The Aliwal Shoal (rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top ten dive sites in the world) and Lander’s Reef make for excellent scuba-diving with its rich abundance of marine and plant life and excellent visibility will make lasting memories at these magnificent locations.  Adding to this unforgettable experience, there are numerous shipwrecks in this area to explore.  Snorkelling around the rock pools is also popular.

The Green Point Lighthouse, a national monument was built in 1905 to warn mariners of the famous Aliwal Shoal.  There are no visible wrecks along this section of coast but it has had its fair share of causalities.  The British steamship Nebo was one of the first recorded tragedies, sinking on her voyage to Durban in 1884.

TC Robertson Nature Reserve, 60h of river and coastal bush, provide delight for nature lovers with over 200 species of water birds and various small mammals.  Over 100 tree species have also been identified. Braai and picnic spots are available and visitors can enjoy self-guided trails.

Wonder along the beachfront that has enjoyable markets with highly energetic and vibrant traditional Zulu dancers, provide tourists with an unforgettable cultural experience.  Just 4km outside Scottburgh, visit the well-known Crocworld; or you could take a tour at one of South Africa’s largest sugar mills at Sezela Sugar Mill.

Getting there: Scottburgh is approximately 60km south of Durban on the N2.