Long ago, the great Zulu King Shaka stopped to rest in the South Coast town now known as Amanzimtoti, or 'Sweetwaters' in Zulu. He was brought water, and once he'd sipped he said, “Kanti Amanz'amtoti", meaning 'the water is sweet'.
Amanzimtoti lies on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, also known as 'The Sapphire Coast', because of its superb white sandy beaches bordering the warm South Coast Indian Ocean. Alive with colourful fish and magnificent offshore coral reefs, Amanzimtoti is ideal for snorkelling and diving adventures, and for the South Coast diver, the nearby Aliwal Shoal - 20 minutes from Amanzimtoti, with its rich abundance of marine and plant life makes for an excellent South Coast diving spot. Other than the fish and sea life, there are also a number of shipwrecks waiting to be explored, providing visitors with a truly unforgettable experience. For accommodation on the popular South Coast, Aliwal Shoal Area, see the Where To Stay Aliwal Shoal Area accommodation page.
With its wealth of shore, rock and deep sea fishing, Amanzimtoti is also renowned as an anglers paradise, especially during the annual 'Sardine Run', when the South Coast comes to life with an energetic buzz of fishermen and locals as the tiny silver fish beach. Considered to be the greatest shoal on earth, these billions of fish bring with them numerous larger game fish, dolphins, sharks, seals, whales and a variety of birdlife seeking an easy meal, making Amanzimtoti 's annual ocean extravaganza undoubtedly one of the most spectacular South Coast marine events.
For the avid golfer, the Amanzimtoti Golf Club is a year round course, and offers superb conditions to play in. This South Coast golf course is flat and fairly easy for golfers of all abilities, but expect a few challenging holes that require good driving ability.
When surfing the Where To Stay website for Amanzimtoti accommodation, the South Coast holidaymaker will be spoilt for choice with an array of affordable and luxury Amanzimtoti accommodation. You'll find Amanzimtoti Self Catering Apartment accommodation just a stone's throw away from Amanzimtoti's main Blue Flag beach; Amanzimtoti Self Catering Cottage accommodation with stunning 180 degree sea-views, and stylish Star Graded Amanzimtoti Bed & Breakfast accommodation nestled on the Amanzimtoti "Golden Mile". Amanzimtoti accommodation guarantees that you can't get any closer to all the fabulous South Coast fun and activities! For more info on these Amanzimtoti accommodation options, visit the Where To Stay Amanzimtoti accommodation page.
For fabulous food, the Amanzimtoti South Coast offers a wide variety of eateries, from alfresco brunches to cosy pub lunches and fine dining, Amanzimtoti South Coast restaurants offer excellent fare to suit all tastes and budgets.
- For a casual, relaxed atmosphere that invites bare feet and swimsuits, the Thirsty Whale in Amanzimtoti invites you to enjoy really good food and company.
- For elegant dining, Giorgio's at The View promises to pamper the palate with a tasty and unique banqueting experience.
- For sports enthusiasts, the Lords & Legends Sports Cafe is the place to enjoy your favourite sports broadcasts, a vibrant party atmosphere, and to eat the most delicious food.
Fun things to do in Amanzimtoti :
- Ice Skating at the Galleria Skating Rink situated in the Galleria Shopping Mall in Amanzimtoti - with three sessions per day, including a live DJ session on Friday night's, as well as late night skating on Saturday nights.
- Splash Water World - known by the locals as “Toti’s best kept secret”, is situated on Amanzimtoti main beach, and promises to provide families with a full day's fun entertainment.
- Amanzimtoti Beach Horse Riding Trail - invites you to saddle up for a leisurely beach stroll on horseback, or be thrilled by a fast gallop if you have more experience and confidence.
- Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary - offers visitors the opportunity to sight 150 bird species, among them Spurwing Geese, White Faced Duck, Greenback Heron, Giant Kingfisher and Hamerkop.
If you're an avid sun-worshipper, fisherman, surfer, scuba diver ... or anyone who loves glorious beaches, numerous places of interest, a wide choice of shopping facilities and activities, gourmet restaurants, entertainment and exciting nightlife, then the sub-tropical paradise of Amanzimtoti on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast is definitely the place for your next family vacation.
If you want to explore other popular South Coast holiday destinations, Doonside sits perched on the banks of the Little Manzimtoti River, just 3.6km South of Amanzimtoti accommodation. With its magnificent beach and warm Indian Ocean waters, this tiny South Coast town is a popular tourist attraction, and offers 'on the beach' Doonside Self Catering accommodation, close to restaurants, bars, shopping malls, markets and outdoor Doonside attractions.
Just 5 minutes drive from Doonside you'll come across Kingsburgh - 4.7km from Amanzimtoti accommodation. This South Coast town is described by visitors as the perfect beach holiday spot for total rest and relaxation, as it's much quieter than neighbouring South Coast towns, and still retains a small village charm. If you prefer this kind of low-key holiday atmosphere, Kingsburgh offers luxurious Star Graded Kingsburgh Bed & Breakfast accommodation at The View Boutique Hotel & Spa, where you can wake up in the morning to the breathtaking sight of the 'Sapphire' South Coast. For longer stays, you'll find Kingsburgh Self Catering accommodation as close to the sea as you can get!
Only metres away from Kingsburgh accommodation, Warner Beach (5.1km from Amanzimtoti accommodation) is where life is slow and laid-back, and if you're a surfer, Warner Beach, South Coast - or "Baggies Beach" as its also known, is the place to be. If you're more of a sun worshipper, the beaches are all shark protected and patrolled by lifeguards, with a delightful tidal pool for the kids. Besides the excellent surfing conditions, there's surf angling for the fisherman, and lagoon boating for those lazy afternoons.
For overnight Warner Beach accommodation, Warner Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Sea Spray Bed & Breakfast, offers comfortable sea facing rooms situated in a tropical and tranquil bird lovers garden. For longer stays in this relatively undiscovered South Coast treasure, you will find Warner Beach Self Catering Apartment accommodation absolutely on the main Warner Beach.
Still heading South, Winklespruit lies at the Illovo River mouth just 10 minutes (or 15.7km) from Amanzimtoti accommodation. Lined with lush sub-tropical vegetation, and home to a sandy South Coast beach that stretches for miles, the little seaside town of Winklespruit is yet another South Coast gem where you'll want to stay indefinitely. Winklespruit Self Catering Apartment accommodation is plentiful, as luxurious sea-facing Winklespruit accommodation options vie for position along the Winklespruit beachfront. For comfortable, affordable Winklespruit accommodation, try The Fig Tree, Winklespruit Youth Hostel / Backpackers accommodation situated one block from the main Winklespruit swimming beach, and within walking distance to restaurants and shopping centres.
One can spend forever wandering down the beautiful KwaZulu Natal South Coast, exploring charming little sea-side towns much further South of Amanzimtoti, like Illovo Beach, Karridene, Umgababa, Umkomaas - each South Coast town rich with vibrant cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, a multitude of local attractions, and of course, plentiful South Coast accommodation to suit all pockets and tastes.
If you're travelling North of Amanzimtoti to Durban (27.8km from Amanzimtoti accommodation), you will come across Athlone Park (6.3km from Amanzimtoti accommodation), home to over 7km of white, sandy beaches, safe swimming waters, renowned fishing, water sports and superb diving opportunities. It's here in Athlone Park that you will find exclusive, up-market Star Graded Athlone Park Bed & Breakfast accommodation close to Durban, and the start of the KwaZulu Natal Hibiscus Coast.
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Suitable Amanzimtoti, South Coast accommodation can also be found in nearby towns such as : Doonside - 3.6km from Amanzimtoti accommodation; Kingsburgh - 4.7km from Amanzimtoti accommodation; Warner Beach - 5.1km from Amanzimtoti accommodation; Athlone Park - 6.3km from Amanzimtoti accommodation; Winklespruit - 15.7km from Amanzimtoti accommodation.
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