PORT EDWARD TOWN
The resort is situated approximately 31.2km from the nearest Airport in Margate and 195.7km from The King Shaka International Airport. The Margate Mini Coach and Southern Shuttle, both based in Margate, coaches travellers between the airports directly to Port Edward Town.
Main shopping centre attractions start from Margate 31.2kms from Port Edward, to Shelly Beach Centre and South Coast Mall approximately 36.8kms from Port Edward.
Port Edward town holds a small shopping centre next to the Caltex Garage when entering Port Edward. This little centre holds a KFC, Tiagos, PEP Stores, Spar Tops, Super Spar and a Chemist with a small but efficient clinic.
Small shopping facilities in town, walking distance from the resort such as a Saverite shopping centre, Post Office, Estate Agents, Liqour Stores, Hairdressers, Restaurant and Bars, 3 Banks ( Service centres and ATM ) – Standard Bank, FNB and Absa.
The Port Edward Library is also of walking distance from the resort.
One medical practitioner is available in town, however the nearest hospitals are as follow :
Netcare Margate Private Hospital Margate: 31.2kms
Hibiscus Private Hospital Port Shepstone: 45.4kms
Shelly Beach Private Hospital Shelly Beach: 36.8kms
Port Shepstone Regional Hospital Ugu District: 45.4kms
Port Edward SAPS is situated 1.7kms from the Port Edward Holiday Resort, and our resort is situated 200m from the local security company.
FISHING & BEACHING
One of the main attractions to the town is the rock and surf fishing. The infamous Splash Rock is right on the resort’s doorstep, with the L Block units boasting a magnificent view of the rock.
Hundreds of fisherman rush down for the much awaited Shad Season opening the month of April every year Crayfish season runs from 1 March to 31 October.
Every year around June / July ‘sardine fever’ hits the South Coast as massive shoals of the small silvery fish migrate northwards, occasionally beaching in their millions to the delight of residents and visitors alike. The shoals are followed by thousands of game fish including barracuda, yellow tail and sharks. Above the shoals, cape gannets circle and dive in a feeding frenzy that has to be seen to be believed. Local fisherman rush along the beach with nets hoping to be on hand when the shoals come ashore after being herded into the shallows by the game fish.
The clean, shark-netted beach has long stretches of white sand with rocks on the edges that cater for swimmers, sun seekers, surfers and fishermen. Lifeguards are on duty during season times or on special requests for groups such as schools.
The Port Edward beach is home to a safe and popular launching site for commercial and recreational deep sea fishing vessels protected and patrolled by DAFF – “Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”. The launch site proudly hosts a number of fishing competitions throughout the year.
Permits are required for fishing and removal of marine life. Permits are obtainable at the Port Edward Post Office, the District Municipality and Ezemvelo Wildlife Offices.
DAFF’s website offers extensive information on marine life restrictions and seasonal dates – www.daff.gov.za
The National Sea Rescue Institute Number 32 is based at the Port Edward Beach with trained and qualified lifeguards.
The beaches are protected by the local Protection Services. During high season the SAPS Horse Unit patrols the beaches for the protection of all our guests.
There are no less than 18 bowling clubs on the South Coast, from Port Edward to Scottburgh.
CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING
The area holds numerous exciting mountain biking trails with various events throughout the year i.e. Sardine MTB Challenge, Ingeli MTB, Lake Eland MTB Classic.
The South Coast is blessed with 9 superb 18-hole and two 9-hole golf courses. Four of them Selbourne Country Club, Southbrook Golf Course, San Lameer Country Club and the Wild Coast Country club – which are rated in the top 50 golf courses in South Africa.
Wild Coast Sun Casino, Hotel and Waterpark (6.8km)
The Wild Coast Sun, one of South-Africa’s leading hotel and casino resorts, is a stone’s throw away from Port Edward Holiday Resort. The area offers a full spectrum of sport and leisure activities, gambling opportunities and excellent restaurants. Enjoy the scenic splendour of an Umtamvuna river sunset cruise, the adrenalin pumping exhilaration of a surging speed boat, or simply laze on a deck chair on a sun-soaked beach.
Beaver Creek Coffee Estate (6.1km)
Just a short hop inland of Port Edward Holiday Resort, Beaver Creek Coffee Farm offers interesting coffee tours through their plantation demonstrating the process from ‘crop to cup’. Booking essential for tours.
Clearwater Trails (8.2km)
Clearwater has been a working farm since 1979. The Abbott’s established the cabins later in the year 1996 with the intention of exposing the beautiful Umtamvuna Nature Reserve & River Gorge to the visitor. Thereafter, over the following 20 years, the next generation developed the interest of the walking and mountain biking trails on the farm. The gorge view deck has also become a well frequented “to-do” item in the area.
Umtamvuna Nature Reserve (9.8km)
Umtamvuna on the river of the same name at Port Edward, is a botanical paradise encompassing riverine forest and steep rocky cliffs. Well-known for its rare plants and Cape Vultures, it is a popular destination for hikers and birders. The Reserve lies a short distance to the south of Port Edward Holiday Resort and boasts a wide variety of birdlife, plant life and antelope.
Pont Water Sports (6.0km)
Set on the grassy banks of the Umtamvuna River in Port Edward, the Kwazulu-Natal South Coasts southernmost town, The Pont offers a Tuck Shop, Fully Licenced Restaurant,2 Registered Boat Launching Ramps, Heritage Site, Communal Braai’s, picnic sites and a Fire Pit.
Mac Banana is a unique shopping, entertainment and destination facility which offers loads for a family to come and spend the day. Mac Banana boasts an amazing shopping experience promising our customers quality and individuality, we have 4 restaurants on our estate including the famous pancake house. We have over 20 adventurous activities to keep you and the kids busy throughout the entire day.
Riverbend Crocodile Farm (21.4km)
It is home to over 200 Nile Crocodiles that can be viewed in their natural aquatic habitat. The 165 Adult Breeding Nile Crocodiles form the nucleus of a breeding bank which produces more than 4000 crocodile hatchlings annually.
• Awe-inspiring crocodile feeding every Sunday @ 15h00
• Live crocodile hatching demo in season
• Snake House and Crocodile Education Centre
• Crocodile Café – Licenced Restaurant, Curio and Craft Shop, Art & Wine Gallery
Pure Venom Snake Park (39.7km)
Touted as the biggest reptile farm in Africa, Pure Venom Reptile Park lies just inland from the town of Shelly Beach on a beautiful, old estate in Izotsha, surrounded by huge wild olive trees that date back to the 1800s. The reptile park, as its name suggests, has an incredible collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles and it’s an ideal way to get up close and personal with a series of snakes, iguanas and crocodiles on the Hibiscus Coast.
Wild 5 Adventures in Oribi Gorge (68.9km)
Wild 5 Adventures is situated on the Oribi Gorge Hotel property, 1 ½ hours’ drive from King Shaka International, on the South Coast of KZN. Set amidst world-renowned view sites, Wild 5 Adventures offers a range of extreme (and milder) adventures in a setting of phenomenal natural beauty. These include a 110m abseil, foefie-slide, 85m suspension bridge, white water rafting on the Umzimkhulu, paintball, teambuilding and guided trails (hiking & birding). The fresh air does wonders for the appetite, so why not round off the perfect day by settling down for a bite to eat at the Oribi Gorge Hotel’s Wild Fig Café.
Lake Eland (79.8km)
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