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The South Coast, South Africa

From Durban, south to the border with the Eastern Cape, are miles of beaches dotted with exclusive residences and vacation towns.

Sardine run

Apart from the beaches, one of the principal reasons to visit the area is to try to catch the sardine run that occurs annually around June-July.

Huge shoals, kilometers across, move northward up the coast in their annual migration. When driven towards the shore, the sardines are so plentiful that people simply wade in and scoop out as many as they need.

The shoals attract an attendant array of sharks and dolphins, as well as game fish and the fishermen chasing them. All in all it is a remarkable spectacle.

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Map of the South Coast

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    Places near the South Coast

    Ideas for experiencing the South Coast

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the South Coast, and which use the best local guides.

    • Giant's Castle, The Drakensberg

      Sani Pass & Lesotho Trip

      The South Coast

      Lesotho is isolated from KwaZulu-Natal by the towering Drakensberg Mountains, and the Sani Pass is the only way through them. The road cuts cut the slopes, switching through tortuous hairpin bends and offering dizzying views of valleys far below.

    • Zulu Memorial, The Battlefields, South Africa

      Anglo-Zulu Battlefields Trip

      The South Coast

      With a good guide book to hand, the battlefields of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana can be explored on your own. It is perhaps best to start at Isandlwana, overlooking the battlefield from the ridge occupied by the Zulu commander, before making your way down to the sphinx-shaped hill where the heart of the battle unfolded.

    • Zulu dancers at Thanda

      Shakaland Trip

      The South Coast

      Shakaland is where the famous film Shaka Zulu was filmed, and after filming it was turned into a cultural village. It is the largest kraal in Zululand, and is also the site of the legendary Zulu chief's birthplace overlooking the uMhlatusi River.