- Port Edward
Port Edward is a small resort town nestled between the warm Indian Ocean and rolling hills, along the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
This part of the coastline, between Port Shepstone and Port Edward, is also known as the Hibuscus Coast because of the sub-tropical gardens that exist here. The hills, the ocean, nature reserves and the sub-tropical landscape provides for an exceptional holiday destination.
One of the biggest draw cards to this part of the coast is the Sardine Run, an incredible natural phenomenon where millions of sardines head north from the Eastern Cape during June/July and cause a feeding frenzy of dolphins, sharks, and birds that can be seen from the water and land.
Port Edward has everything visitors will need for a relaxing holiday, any time of the year! To start, warm water offering not only swimming, but snorkelling, fishing and exceptional scuba diving and an opportunity to explore the San Joao Shipwreck hidden just 300 m offshore. There is also a ski boat launch facility at the main beach, Silver Beach, and the beachfront hosts the longest super tube in the country.
The surrounding area makes for fantastic sightseeing, hiking and bird watching. The beautiful forests are home to over 200 bird species and other wildlife.
Port Edward has numerous restaurants, craft shops and accommodation from self-catering and camping to guesthouses and hotels!
Things to do and see
- Port Edward Lighthouse
- Silver Beach (Main Beach)
- Glenmore Beach
- Mpenjati Naturist Beach
- CragsView Wild Care Centre
- Red Desert Nature Conservation Area
- Umtamvuna Nature Reserve
- Ingungumbane Hiking Trail
- Clearwater Mountain Bike Trail
- Mzamba Fossils & Petrified Forest
- Beaver Creek Coffee Estate
- Port Edward Golf Course
- Wild Coast Sun, Wild Waves Water Park
Port Edward receives approximately 1138 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Margate Airport approximately 31 km away via the R61 and into King Shaka International Airport, 196 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities and Airport Shuttles are available at the Airport.
In 1831 there was a crisis between the settlers in Port Natal and Dingane, the Zulu king. Some settlers boarded a ship while others fled down the coast. The Zulu warriors caught up with them where Port Edward is today and massacred the fleeing settlers, which included local tribespeople of Langeni, on a hill called Isandlundlu. The place has been known ever since as Tragedy Hill and its slopes are still littered with the bones of the victims.
Initially Port Edward was known as ‘Kennington’ as the area was partly owned by TK Pringle. Later when the town was laid out in 1925 it was named in honour of the man who would later become King Edward VIII.
Port Edward has a long maritime history, starting when the Sao Joao ran aground in the now Port Edward area in 1552 - this is the first time in recorded history that people from Europe met people from South Africa. The Sao Joao was followed by the Sao Bento in 1554 and 1878 saw The Ivy run aground near Leisure Bay and in 1933 Glenmore Beach became the final resting place for the Nightingale, which is now a popular scuba diving destination.
Inside Port Edward
Mpenjati Nature Reserve
The 60-hectare Mpenjati Nature Reserve, flanking the Mpenjati River, lies roughly 20km south of the popular holiday town of Margate and extends to the shores of KwaZulu-Natal's south coast. Pets are not permitted in the reserve In the interests of…More
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