Sapphire Coast set to welcome visitors to Upper South Coast with its Sizzling Summer programme

The KwaZulu-Natal Sapphire Coast is the hottest place to be this summer with the launch of its unmissable Sizzling Summer programme. Featuring sponsored prize giveaways, fun competitions and non-stop beach entertainment, visitors will be kept busy from Friday, 13 December to Sunday, 5 January as the Sizzling Summer holiday programme takes place at Amanzimtoti Beach, Baggies Beach, Pipeline Beach and Winklespruit Beach.

Romy Wenzel, spokesman of Sapphire Coast Tourism, said the Sizzling Summer programme was designed by voluntary committee members with a firm focus on all the positives the area has to offer: “All holiday programme events are free to the public with the entertainment co-ordinated to ensure entire-family enjoyment. We welcome any disabled beach-goers to the Sapphire Coast with beach access made available through a 4×4 wheelchair, as well as assistance offered.”

Anyone with disabilities needing assistance onto the beach can contact the Beach Office on 031 322 9043. Life-savers at Amanzimtoti Main Beach will be available to assist with beach access, time permitting. Alternatively, Wesley Smith can be contacted on 082 802 1349 to assist in making arrangements to get disabled beach-goers onto the water.

Sapphire Sizzling Summer Programme

(Sapphire Coast Tourism in conjunction with local companies and non-profit organisations)

This year’s programme will include a variety of beach-based entertainment and activities including a special Christmas Service from 7am to 8am at Amanzimtoti Main Beach and a visit from Father Christmas on 23 December. Some of the exciting line-up highlights include:

–  The Beach Lifestyle Events: this is a new addition to the Summer Sizzling programme, in partnership with Africa Surfboards, Warner Beach Surfing Academy, Clean Surf Project and Sapphire Coast Tourism. Taking place on 16, 21 and 28 December (main event), visitors can enjoy live music, yoga, the beach clean-up, a craft market and Free Introduction to Surfing, highlighting the theme ‘Life is the Beach’.

–  Fishermen will compete for the biggest catch in The Gone Fishing competition on 14 December at Amanzimtoti Main Beach.

–  The Winkle Toti Winkle Race on 16 December will include the 12,6km Long Course Beach Run or Surfski contest from Winkle Beach to Toti Beach and back. For those wanting something a bit easier, there’s the 4,8km Beach Run & Walk from Winkle Beach to Warnadoone Rocks and back. The cost is R100 for 14 years and older, R50 under 14 years with cash prizes for winners and lots of lucky draw prizes! Registration is at Winkle Surf Lifesaving Club at 7am.

–  Bike Fest SA’s Summer Rev will bring non-stop, free, family fun on 22 December to Amanzimtoti Main Beach with lots of novelty giveaways. Visitors will enjoy entertainment from the Vodacom Dancers and The Island Tribe Beach Squad, with all the action happening in the Bike Fest SA Power Play Zone.

–  East Coast Radio will be doing a live beach broadcast on 28 December from Amanzimtoti Main Beach.

–  The Miss Bikini Sapphire Competition which is running throughout the programme with the final taking place on 31 December at Amanzimtoti Main Beach.

–  Park Runs every Saturday at 8am from Amanzimtoti Main Beach. This is an organised, free, weekly, timed 5km run/walk which takes place on the beachfront.

–  Funland Mobile Tenpin Bowling featuring a mobile tenpin lane on 20, 21, 27 and 28 December, as well as on 3 January at Amanzimtoti Main Beach.

–  Alongside the highlighted events, there will be musical entertainment, free tasters, fun promotions and non-stop beach activities through the Stranddiens Holiday Programme at Amanzimtoti Main Beach. These include treasure hunts, face painting, egg painting, sporting contests, egg throwing competitions, water balloons fights and fun talent contests.

Wenzel extended a special ‘thank you’ to all the sponsors involved for their generosity: “This programme has welcomed so many contributions for which we are all very grateful. We’d like to ask all beachgoers to please adhere to the bylaws at all time, for the benefit of everyone, and remember to leave only your footprints behind on the beach!”

Sapphire Coast Tourism would like to highlight that, apart from unspoilt clean and sandy beaches the Sapphire Coast has to offer, holidaymakers can experience many other things in the area. Places of interest include:

  • Diving at the Aliwal Shoal
  • Visiting Crocworld Conservation Centre
  • llovo Nursery Craft and Fresh Produce Market – locally-made, proudly South African, child-friendly market with free entry and good vibes…a ‘must do’ if you’re looking for a great family day out
  • Craft beer, arts and crafts, yummy food and lots more to do
  • Hiking or mountain biking at Ilanda Wilds
  • Birdwatching
  • Super tubing at Splash Waterworld
  • Shopping, ice-skating, go-karting and so much more at Galleria Mall
  • Playing golf at Amanzimtoti or Umkomaas Golf Courses
  • Surfing, kite-surfing, fishing, swimming, kayaking…or any other coastal activities
  • Splashing or training in the recreational pools at Pipeline, Inyoni, Winklespruit and Illovo

For more information on the Sapphire Sizzling Summer programme, visit www.sapphirecoasttourism.co.za or the Sapphire Coast Tourism page on Facebook or https://www.facebook.com/totitourism/