Hibberdene is a popular coastal resort about 25 kms north of Port Shepstone. The village has five swimming beaches and there is some good scuba diving on the reef, which starts near to the railway bridge and continues for 4 kms to the old airport. Other attractions in the village include bowling, tennis, and squash.
Hibberdene is famous for the Sardine Run, which starts in late June or July. Its beaches are reputed to be good for shad fishing. An annual beerfest at the Leisure Resort takes place in October and a there is also a Summer Festival in Hibberdene in December on the main beach. There is a caravan park in the village and ample accommodation.
There are a total of five swimming beaches at Hibberdene, and a 4km long reef which provides visitors with some good scuba diving. Other activities include boating in the lagoon.
The Emithini and Mzamba Village sell authentic Zulu art and handmade craftwork such as jewelery and leather work, and don't miss the
traditional Zulu dancing.
Attractions in the Hibberdene area include:
- watersports including snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing and surfing
- river rafting through the Oribi Gorge
- abseiling down the cliffs of the Oribi Gorge
- hiking in the Umtavuna Gorge
- bird watching at the Uvongo Bird Park
South Coast trip - Hibberdene accommodation
For a change we decided to skip the KZN North Coast and head for the KZN South Coast.
Finding accommodation on the South Coast was easy because there is loads of it.
We rented some very nice self catering accommodation in Hibberdene, on the beachfront, and at a very reasonable rate.
Although accommodation on the South Coast is sometimes a little suspect, Catalina Bay is a complex of 12 units with a lovely swimming pool and like much of the other beachfront accommodation in Hibberdene, the complex is pretty safe and only a short stroll to the main Hibberdene blue flag swimming beach.
Our Hibberdene self catering apartment was only 2 minutes away from the supermarket, hardware store, laundry, pharmacy and butchery - just perfect (You HAVE to try the Russian cheese-cracker sausages at Frey's butchery)
We rented an upstairs, 3 bedroom flat which accommodated 6 people very comfortably. The kitchen was very well equipped and we had a great balcony overlooking the ocean.
We found that the South Coast beaches are generally much bigger than those on the North Coast and were far better for rock and surf fishing.
Our Hibberdene accommodation was also only a four minute walk from the famous "Jolly Roger Pub" which is situated on the main swimming beach - The food there was great, the beer even greater and the putt-putt much fun. You run a great show Heather!
South Coast golf courses like Selborne Golf Club, Umdoni Golf Club and Port Shepstone Country Club are all within a 20 minute drive of Hibberdene.
We know that Margate, Ramsgate and a few other major towns are more popular for South Coast accommodation, but Hibberdene has a different vibe and we will be sure to visit again.......no doubt, self catering accommodation in Hibberdene will again be our choice of holiday.
The KZN South Coast used to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa, but we saw that this has clearly faded over the years and we look forward to a come-back.
The South Coast is definitely in need of a little "tidying up" before it becomes favourite above the KZN North Coast
Thanks Hibberdene, you treated us well and we'll be back.
Anton, Elmarie and the kids
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