With the chill now in the air, it’s time shake off winter blues and #GoSouthKZN where visitors can enjoy the coastal paradise with its clear skies and sunny weather – no matter the season. But to experience the #ParadiseoftheZuluKingdom in a truly unique way, it’s well worth booking a camping trip at the seaside.
“The KZN South Coast has a number of wonderful accommodation types, but our campsites remain some of our most popular, family-friendly venues,” explained Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) CEO, Phelisa Mangcu. “Many are located adjacent to the seaside, or with easy beach access, and they’re a well-maintained, affordable option for bringing families closer to each other, and closer to nature. A number of our campsites are also award-winning, showcasing the elevated level of service provided our visitors.”
For those who haven’t yet braved the outdoors, here are 5 reasons to #GoSouthKZN for a camping trip:
Reason 1: It’s budget-friendly
With the struggling economy, many are looking to make the rands and cents go further, which is where camping is a great option. Camping equipment can be borrowed or rented, and the cost of hiring a camping spot is substantially less than booking into any other venues. With the #KZNSouthCoast also encouraging visitors to #ExtendYourStay, there are many venues offering great discounts and special offers.
Reason 2: Connect with nature
Campfires under the stars, days spent exploring the rock pools and learning to surf…there’s something invigorating about time spent completely outdoors. Modern life means very few children actually get the chance to experience nature in such close proximity, so they’ll truly relish this unique experience. The #KZNSouthCoast in winter also gives visitors the chance to witness the #SardineRun and whale migrations, truly unique sightings of ocean activity. And, with five Blue Flag beaches, two internationally-renowned dive sites, and the most tidal pools in the province, there’s lots to be explored on the coast!
Reason 3: Break from technology
While modern campsites do provide the option of charging electronics where needed, this is a great opportunity to disconnect from the devices and re-wire the mind through natural experiences. This provides families with a chance to actually get to know each other and create new memories.
Reason 4: Make lasting connections
Although campsites do provide a space for privacy, there’s a strong sense of community throughout the site, with youngsters meeting new people from all over, and making connections that can last a lifetime. After so much time spent in isolation, now is the time to re-connect with others and form new friendships.
Reasons 5: A sense of appreciation
Spending time in the great outdoors, living a minimalist life, gives perspective on how little one needs and encourages appreciation for the little things. Sleeping in a tent, watching the sunrise over the ocean and roasting marshmallows over an open fire are all a great way to improve wellbeing, create a sense of calm and relaxation.
#KZNSouthCoast camping sites to try
1. Scottburgh Caravan Park
2. Rocky Bay Resorts
3. River Valley Resort
4. The Characters Garden Park
5. Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park
6. Lalanathi Caravan & Camping Park
7. Marlon Holiday Resort
9. Umtentweni Caravan Resort
10. Shelly Caravan Park
11. Oasis Caravan Park & Chalets
12. Margate Caravan Park
13. Fairhills Caravan Park + Camping
14. Paradise Holiday Resort
15. Port o’Call Caravan Park
16. Leisure View Caravan Park
17. The Pont Holiday and Water Sport Resort
18. Happy Wanderers Holiday Resort
For a full list of contact details on #KZNSouthCoast campsites, visit https://www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Visitor-Info-Portal-on-Website-Caravan-Camping.pdf
Activities to try on the #KZNSouthCoast
Besides beachside adventures, the #ParadiseoftheZuluKingdom boasts a number of unique activities that are both family- and budget-friendly. The ‘Golf Coast’ has 11 golf courses alongside oceans and coastal forests, there is a green for every golfer. There are also numerous nature reserves and farmlands are great for trail hiking, running, 4×4 adventures and day visits. For a cultural experience, there’s the KwaXolo Caves Adventures which is a scenic hike to caves holding ancient San artwork, or the Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre which is a facility showcasing the local history, cultural and creative activities of this region. Otherwise, visitors can get extreme with wild gorge swinging, ziplining, white water rafting and paintball.
Covid-19 safety protocols
Because of the many outdoor activities offered on the #KZNSouthCoast, visitors benefit from reduced Covid-19 risk at these open-air venues and sites. In addition to this, USCT has been communicating up-to-date Covid-19 information with all tourism establishments via the website’s dedicated Covid-19 portal, as well as the many social media platforms.
USCT has made visiting the #KZNSouthCoast simple with the launch of the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores. Once downloaded, visitors can easily plan the entire Easter holiday, from booking accommodation and finding local eateries to discovering specials and planning day trips. Visitors can also visit the website www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za, or follow the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page, or @infosouthcoast on Twitter.