Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Port Shepstone Lighthouse

The Port Shepstone lighthouse is located about 500m south of the Umzimkulu River mouth on the Natal South Coast, and was developed out of a signal station, which was used when Port Shepstone was still an operational harbour. 1906 saw the signal station being replaced with the current cast iron lighthouse. The iron lighthouse was cast in Britain and shipped to Natal in the 1890's. The structure was transported from Scottburgh, further up the Natal coast, where it previously stood warning ships of the southern end of the Aliwal Shoal.

The eight meter circular lighthouse is painted in black and white cheques, and has become a familiar landmark to people visiting Port Shepstone over the years. The beam shines across a distance of twenty six miles out to sea, and 1 130 000 CD light power. The coastline extending southwards between Port Shepstone and Cape Hermes at Port St Johns is particularly dangerous, and is well known for its shipwrecks.

The most well known of these wrecks are perhaps the Sao Joao and the Grosvenor. The Sao Joao was the first cargo ship to be wrecked along South Africa's coastline, carrying pepper, Chinese porcelain, cowry shells, cornelian beads and other merchandise. The ship, with around 600 people on board, ran aground off what is now known as Port Edward, near the Kuboboyi River. One hundred died attempting to get ashore, the rest made a temporary camp, near 'Tragedy Hill' (since named for a massacre in 1831 of the local Nguni clan by a Zulu war band).

The Grosvenor sank beneath the waves off the Pondoland shore with her hoard which legend insists included jewels, gold and silver bars and some say the fabulous Peacock Throne of the Moguls, believed to be worth well over 6 Million Pounds.
Razor sharp rocks, strong currents, pounding surf and inaccessibility to this wreck has put paid to recovering any treasures that might lie beneath the murky waters.

Accommodation Near Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Peace Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umtentweni

1.5km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Just 90 minutes from King Shaka International Peace Cottage is a secure, spacious, self-catering holiday home that sleeps 8 people in 4 comfortable bedrooms. The house has a 180 degree uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean as well as a swimming pool

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Mdoni House Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umtentweni

2.0km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Welcome to Mdoni House Guest Lodge, a tranquil bed & breakfast set in a beautiful large sub-tropical hillside garden, where we cater primarily for mature leisure or corporate guests . Unfortunately we do not accept larger groups or children under 12.

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Umzimkulu River Marina

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Shepstone

2.3km North West of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Situated on the South Bank of the Umzimkulu River in Port Shepstone. Four self contained units with 3 to 5 beds open onto a grass bank on the edge of river. Each unit is fully equipped.Deep sea and river fishing plus cruises on river ideal boating

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My Den Beachfront B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oslo Beach

2.3km South of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

My Den is situated a stone's throw from the peaceful Oslo Beach just outside Port Shepstone, and is ideally placed to offer affordable, quality accommodation to both holiday and corporate guests who enjoy privacy and relaxation.

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Sleeps: 116 in 34 units/rooms

The Venture Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Umtentweni

2.5km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

A quaint and affordable old world hotel with 20 rooms and a conference centre. Conferencing facilities cater for 40 people seating board room style. Our pub is well frequented by both locals and visitors alike and boasts a modern gaming facility.

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Sleeps: 5

Birdhaven

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umtentweni

2.7km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Birdhaven can comfortably host four adults. A sleeper couch in the lounge or an addition of a single bed in the main bedroom can accommodate two young children.

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Sleeps: 15

Twini on Sea

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umtentweni

2.7km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Welcome to our cottage. We know you will love your stay. You only have to walk out the front gate and you are on the most beautiful beach. You can chill on the beach or relax on the veranda surrounded by a tranquil garden.

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Sunview Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umtentweni

2.8km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

This secure property can be found in the village of Umtentweni on the Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast. We enjoy a sub-tropical climate with natural vegetation which attracts many specie of birdlife.

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Ambleside

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umtentweni

2.9km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Ambleside offers guests tranquility outside of the tourist areas but close to all amenities. Set in safe and secure surroundings with ample parking the accommodation consists of two apartments and a three story house each of which have their own entrance.

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Sleeps: 50 in 5 units/rooms

Umdlalo Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umtentweni

3.4km North of Port Shepstone Lighthouse

Umdlalo Lodge is a destination for those seeking tranquillity, quiet and contemporary comfort on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Offering upmarket accommodation, restaurant, conference and Function facilities.

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