Uvongo on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal is a bustling seaside holiday town situated at the mouth of the Ivunga River, where a magnificent waterfall plummets 23m down into the deepest lagoon in the country. Large rock escarpments covered with beautiful, dense foliage shelter Uvongo Beach, where visitors can swim, surf and snorkel in the warm South Coast Indian Ocean waters. For the adventurous, the caves of the Uvongo Lagoon offer a popular destination for divers. However, this South Coast dive site is not recommended for the faint hearted, as it's very dark, underwater visibility is poor, and torches are required. Uvongo is also known 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 Uvongo's annual ocean extravaganza undoubtedly one of the most spectacular South Coast marine events.
Due to the water in the Uvongo lagoon consisting of a combination of fresh water from the river and sea water, an unusual variety of marine life can be seen there. Most commonly sighted in the underwater caves are juvenile Rock Salmon, fresh water Congo Eels and Moonies. For the uninitiated, Uvongo H2O Scuba Diving will enlighten you to the point where you may never be happy on dry land again!
Hire a pedal boat and explore the Uvongo River, or take a footpath and amble alongside the river to the Uvongo River Nature Reserve which incorporates a well-conserved coastal forest with a wide diversity of trees, shrubs, ferns, orchids and maritime bird life.
Plan a visit to the Uvongo Bird Park, as this amazing South Coast bird park offers walk-through aviaries, where a diversity of vibrant bird life can be discovered. Enjoy tea in the garden, while the children entertain themselves in the play-park.
Uvongo is awash with stunning beachfront Uvongo Self Catering accommodation affording one the most exquisite sea views, making Uvongo an ideal base from where to explore the lower KwaZulu Natal South Coast. Visit the Where To Stay Uvongo accommodation page for more info on these terrific Uvongo accommodation options.
South Coast towns South of Uvongo accommodation with Where To Stay listings.
Manaba Beach Accommodation (2.6km from Uvongo accommodation)
'Manaba' translated from Zulu means 'ease and relaxation', and while in Manaba Beach that's exactly what you do in this fabulous South Coast holiday destination - surf, canoe, fish, soak up the sun and swim on a safe South Coast Manaba Blue Flag beach.
Manaba Blue Flag Beach certification assures the visitor that the beach is clean and environmentally friendly, and protected by professional lifeguard services. Most of the KwaZulu Natal, South Coast beaches boast Blue Flag status, as in Manaba Beach's own Lucien Beach, one of the most beautiful and immaculate beaches on the sub-tropical KwaZulu Natal, South Coast,
Just a short walk away you will find magnificent Manaba Beach Self Catering Cottage accommodation perched right on this quiet but popular South Coast, Blue Flag beach. Manaba Beach Self Catering Apartment accommodation will dazzle you with 180 degree breaker views, and at the ultra luxury Manaba Beach Self Catering Apartment accommodation Martinique 5, you're invited to set up base and experience a "Golf Coast Holiday". Known as the 'Golf Coast', there are eleven KwaZulu Natal, South Coast Golf Courses, all linked by a superb road network within easy reach of each other, and with well appointed golf clubhouses and a friendly 19th hole!
For more details on these fabulous South Coast Manaba Beach accommodation establishments, visit the Where To Stay Manaba Beach accommodation page.
Margate Accommodation (3.8km from Uvongo accommodation)
Just a 500m stroll from Manaba Beach accommodation, is Margate Beach, a prime Blue Flag South Coast beach, regarded as the foremost South Coast beach holiday destination, where many locals and foreign visitors spend their vacations. Margate is the centre for nightlife on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, and when the nightclubs close, the parties begin on Margate beach. For those who prefer a little souvenir shopping, Margate boasts exceptional art galleries and craft shops, and you can treat yourself to great food in Margate's many beach-front cafe's, fine dining and fast food establishments.
Margate accommodation is profuse, ranging from Star Graded Margate Hotel accommodation, and Margate Bed & Breakfast accommodation just a stone's throw away from Margate Beach. Margate Holiday Resort accommodation provides endless on-site facilities, and superbly located Margate Self Catering accommodation offers unsurpassed sea views. See the full menu on the Where To Stay Margate accommodation page.
Ramsgate Accommodation (about 12 minutes from Uvongo accommodation)
Neighbouring Margate accommodation is Ramsgate, another sought after South Coast Blue Flag Beach, which is well equipped for launching ski boats, and is a quiet South Coast paradise with a large tidal pool and lagoon. Set among the lush green sub-tropical South Coast vegetation known as 'banana country', Ramsgate accommodation offers plenty of beds of all kinds, from Star Graded Ramsgate Bed & Breakfast accommodation with sweeping Indian Ocean views just meters from the sand, surf and rock pools, to Ramsgate Self Catering accommodation with picturesque views of the Ramsgate beach and lagoon. When looking where to eat in Ramsgate, make sure you visit the Burlesque Cafe, a delightful, quaint cafe with a seasonal menu that draws from Mediterranean influences - mezze, tapa's, pasta and seafood, and the lunchtime gourmet sandwiches are a huge hit.
For entertainment of a different kind, be enchanted at the Ramsgate Butterfly Valley, where an magnificent variety of butterflies can be enjoyed within a natural, accessible environment in a flight dome, which allows visitors to wander around freely, with the butterflies fluttering around.
Southbroom Accommodation (14km from Uvongo accommodation)
Tucked away on the sub-tropical paradise of the KwaZulu-Natal, South Coast lies the quiet little village of Southbroom. The superb Southbroom Beach and bay is protected by shark nets and patrolled by lifeguards during school holidays, has two tidal pools for children to splash in, and a lagoon which offers safe bathing.
For the golf lover, the Southbroom Golf Course set in thick indigenous forest with stunning views of the South Coast Indian Ocean, is a unique course designed to test your skills on each fairway of the wonderfully manicured 18 hole par 72.
This South Coast holiday destination offers a host of various types of Southbroom accommodation, such as Star Graded Southbroom Bed & Breakfast accommodation offering state of the art luxury; Southbroom Self Catering Apartment accommodation situated right on the Southbroom Golf Course; Southbroom Caravan or Camping accommodation nestled under magnificent indigenous shade trees; Southbroom Holiday Resort accommodation in luxury timber log cabins, and Southbroom Self Catering Cottage accommodation where you can whale watch from the deck. For the full menu of these South Coast accommodation options, visit the Where to Stay Southbroom accommodation page.
If you're visiting Southbroom between October and April, you'll be captivated by the Barn Swallows of Southbroom Umkobi Lagoon, where an enormous flock of Barn Swallows roost in the reed beds of Umkobi Lagoon at Southbroom, and in summer visitors can observe a truly spectacular sight when millions of swallows retire for the evening, a short while before sunset.
South Coast towns North of Uvongo accommodation with Where To Stay listings
St Michaels-on-Sea Accommodation (4km from Uvongo accommodation)
The surfer’s paradise of St Michaels-on-Sea is another fantastic South Coast holiday spot which lies adjacent to Uvongo accommodation. Although St Michaels-on-Sea Beach is not a Blue Flag certified beach, it is protected by shark nets, and patrolled by lifeguards during school holidays. This tranquil and idyllic little South Coast town offers a plethora of stunning St Michaels-on-Sea accommodation, both Self Catering and Star Graded St Michaels-on-Sea Bed & Breakfast accommodation just 100m away from the beach.
While in St Michaels-on-Sea, do yourself a favour and eat at C-Bali, a stylish seafood restaurant overlooking St Michaels-on-Sea Beach. Here you can indulge in the 'Flying Dutchman Potjie', a medley of seafood in a creamy garlic and parsley sauce served in a truly South African way.
Shelly Beach Accommodation (5.5km from Uvongo accommodation)
If it's shopping you're after, the Shelly Centre in Shelly Beach is the biggest shopping centre on the South Coast, with 6 cinemas, various restaurants and shops, it's only 5 minutes from St Michaels-on-Sea accommodation, and an easy 10 minutes from Uvongo accommodation.
Shelly Beach gets its name from the wide variety of shells that can be found on the beach after high tide, and this beautiful South Coast Blue Flag beach with its submerged reefs has shark nets, and is patrolled by lifeguards during school holidays. To get up close and personal with Shelly Beach marine life, South Coast Ocean Safaris will take you 'into the blue'.
If it's scuba diving you're into, there's a reef about 1500 metres out to sea which is very popular with divers, as well as the renowned Pretoria Banks reef 7km out to sea, which is also a popular diving destination teeming with fish and sharks.
Thrill the kids with a visit to the Pure Venom Reptile Park at Shelly Beach, said to be the largest reptile farm in Africa. This South Coast reptile park has an amazing collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles, which include both alligators and crocodiles. While at the park one can also stop by the "Creepy Curio Shop" which sells curios, unique clothing and accessories.
You'll find an impressive range of Shelly Beach accommodation ideally situated on the picturesque South Coast beachfront in close proximity to essential amenities. Shelly Beach Self Catering accommodation guarantees unforgettable family holiday fun, and Shelly Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation set in a lush indigenous South Coast foliage creates a restful haven for visitors.
Oslo Beach Accommodation (15.7km from Uvongo accommodation)
Nestled between Shelly Beach and Port Shepstone on the South Coast, quiet Oslo Beach is known as the place to go surf and fish. This unspoilt South Coast paradise offers spectacular Oslo Beach Self Catering accommodation surrounded by vegetation dappled with indigenous wildflowers, and Oslo Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation right on the edge of the sea. At Oslo Beach Lodge (Self Catering accommodation in Oslo Beach), on-site Barney's Restaurant specialises in steaks and sea food, and the Flintstones Pub has a full liquor licence and serves delicious pub grub!
Port Shepstone Accommodation (17.2km from Uvongo accommodation)
A popular tourist destination on the KZN South Coast, Port Shepstone has 20kms of beautiful beaches stretching North and South on the Hibiscus Coast, which provide opportunities for excellent surfing, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming. Port Shepstone is also the South Coast town where the 'home of all rivers' - the mighty Mzimkulu River meets the sea. Here you can take a boat trip and spot wildlife along the river banks, or river raft, canoe, windsurf and water ski.
For those who prefer dry ground, the Port Shepstone Country Club is one of the best on the South Coast, and known as a gem on the golfing circuit for its warm and sunny year-round climate. The Port Shepstone Country Club offers an eighteen hole south coast golf course with a wide variety of golfing challenges, after which you can share your experiences with the local golfers at the 19th hole and clubhouse.
Of historical interest is the Port Shepstone Museum, which provides visitors with a glimpse into the history of the town, with a series of exhibits carrying a maritime theme including a model of the Port Shepstone harbour, details of shipping and shipwrecks along the South Coast, and various Stone Age and Iron Age displays. Another interesting South Coast site is the cast iron 27,000 candle-power Port Shepstone Lighthouse built in 1906, which can be found at the mouth of the Mzimkulu River.
Port Shepstone offers a wide variety of interesting restaurants which includes the popular Schooners Galley, in the nearby suburb of Umtentweni, famous for its great seafood, or the Leopard Rock Coffee Shop which will feed you delicious homemade meals in a tranquil ambience.
When surfing the Where To Stay website for accommodation, you will find Port Shepstone Self Catering accommodation situated right on the South bank of the Umzimkulu River, where you can wake to the sound of the resident Fish Eagles.
One can spend forever wandering up and down the beautiful KwaZulu Natal South Coast, exploring charming little sea-side towns 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 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 the KwaZulu Natal South Coast is definitely the place for your next family vacation.
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It is our mission to search for, and recruit a wide selection of suitable Uvongo, South Coast accommodation, particularly the more popular categories such as Uvongo Bed & Breakfast accommodation, Uvongo Self Catering accommodation, Uvongo Guest House accommodation, and other Uvongo lodges such as Self Catering Cottages in Uvongo, and Uvongo, South Coast Hotels.
We strive to present a mixture of upmarket Uvongo accommodation, and affordable accommodation (to suit all pockets and tastes), especially for Self Catering accommodation in Uvongo, which is a category more geared for family holiday accommodation in Uvongo. Uvongo Hotels should be considered for business or holiday accommodation in Uvongo (or in towns near Uvongo).
Suitable Uvongo, South Coast accommodation can also be found in nearby towns such as : Manaba Beach - 2.6km from Uvongo accommodation; Margate - 3.8km from Uvongo accommodation; Ramsgate - 5.7 from Uvongo accommodation; Southbroom - 14.1km from Uvongo accommodation; St Michaels-on-Sea Accommodation - 4km North of Uvongo accommodation; Shelly Beach - 5.5km North of Uvongo accommodation; Oslo Beach - 15.7km North of Uvongo accommodation; Port Shepstone - 17.2km North of Uvongo accommodation.
We recommend that, if in doubt about accommodation quality, and to put your mind at ease, you should consider Star Graded accommodation in Uvongo, South Coast, whether it be Star Graded Self Catering Uvongo accommodation, or Star Graded Uvongo Bed & Breakfast accommodation. See here for our Star Graded Uvongo accommodation page.
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