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The South Coast is also called the Hibiscus Coast or the Golf Coast and stretches from just south of Durban to Port Edward close to the Wild Coast. The mild subtropical climate invites to swimming all year around, diving and world class golf!
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Like the North Coast, the South Coast is on South Africa's east coast. The South Coast is also called the Hibiscus Coast and stretches 170 km along the coastline from Amanzimtoti, just south of Durban, to Port Edward near the Wild Coast. The mild subtropical climate invites to swimming year round in the warm Indian Ocean.

The towns along the South Coast are very small, and many times you'll not know that you've left one before you drive into the other. In total there are more than 40 towns along this stretch of coastline, of which the most popular are Umkomaas, Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Margate, Ramsgate, Southbroom and finally Port Edward.

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The golden sandy beaches, fringed by coastal forests and subtropical vegetation, are generally very well maintained and the water is clear and clean. Some of the beaches are among South Africa's best and has been awarded the Blue Flag label, which is an international certificate for excellent water quality, safety, service and environmental responsibility.

High season at the South Coast is during Christmas and Easter, when the beaches are flooded with tourists, especially from Pretoria and Johannesburg. During this period, it's almost impossible to find available rooms, and campsites are full. During the off season, it's an entirely different thing, then it's relatively quiet and peaceful and you get quiet days on the beach where you can swim in the warm water, fish, watch dolphins and whales, visit nice restaurants and play golf on one of the many excellent golf courses available along the South Coast.

For many, the South Coast is synonymous with the Golf Coast – nowhere else in South Africa you can play at so many scenic golf courses as along this 170 km long stretch of coastline south of Durban. In total there are nine golf courses - Umkomaas Golf Club, Scottburgh Golf Club, Umdoni Golf Course, Selborne Golf Estate, Port Shepstone Country Club, Margate Country Club, Southbroom Golf Club, San Lameer Country Club and Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

All courses have 18 holes and are located near or directly next to the Indian Ocean where the fairways are lined with lush subtropical vegetation. Some courses also include direct access to the golden beaches. Compared to most golf courses in the Western Cape, green fees at the South Coast's courses are relatively low and the accommodation next to the golf courses are generally not that expensive, apart from the most luxurious alternatives of course.

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South Coast is also a paradise for diving enthusiasts. Aliwal Shoal is the most popular dive site where nearly 40 000 dives are performed each year. Almost as popular as Aliwal Shoal is Protea Banks, this reef is considered one of the best spots for shark diving in the world.

South Coast is also world famous for the annual Sardine Run. This is an unexplained phenomenon where millions of sardines pass the South Coast on its way from Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. The large shoals attract lots of predators such as sharks, dolphins and whales and this abundance of food also attracts tens of thousands of birds. This of course also attracts lots of tourists to the area who want to see this strange phenomenon.
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