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Articles made in June, 2015

Famous Fishing Spots – Trafalgar

Good things come to those who bait.  ~Author Unknown Trafalgar (S30 57.164 E30 18.051) This is a Marine Protected Area although fishing with a rod and line is permitted. There is safe daytime parking at Trafalgar main swimming beach, where the family can relax. Beach fishing is the order of the day and this is prime edible fish water (bream, rockcod etc.) and one should start fishing from the tidal pool and work one’s way south. Expect to find bays and lots of broken reef so take the appropriate tackle. Don’t venture into the fishing area alone as it can become a little isolated as you move... read more

The finest self catering accommodation in Ramsgate

The best self catering accommodation provides freedom and comfort, a real home away from home Ramsgate offers holiday makers some of the finest self catering accommodation anywhere on the KZN south coast. The accommodation options on offer are comfortable, beautifully kept and well priced. Whilst the town – often described as one of South Africa’s best kept secrets – its suburbs and the indigenous surrounding forests are well looked after by local community organizations. Ramsgate has many affordable large holiday homes and guest houses close to the beach but you have to book early. Beachfront holiday accommodation is always the most sought after and the units close to Ramsgate beach tend to get snapped up quickly during season, so make sure you get in early. The key to having a fantastic holiday in Ramsgate is to find accommodation that suits your family and budget perfectly. If your family is anything like mine, perfect holiday accommodation means having... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Shirley Avenue, Ramsgate

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.  ~Author Unknown Shirley Avenue (S30 54.236 E30 20.404) This is a deep water spot, situate just south of Ramsgate. A good fishing platform, but take care on spring high tide. Bring the family and a picnic basket. There is also opportunity to cool off in the rock pool close by. Relatively safe parking is close... read more

The Sardine Marathon & Half Marathon

The Sardine Half Marathon, presented by the South Coast Striders, has been a highlight on the local running calendar for a number of years. Runners come from far and wide to take part in this beautiful race. The race is a challenging one with some serious climbs, awesome downhills and welcome flat sections. The scenery makes it all worthwhile, with some of the best views you can find on the coast. This year’s race sees a few changes to the route, so if you have run it before, take note of the map below. The route is run in the opposite direction to previous years and starts and finishes with some great downhills to get the blood pumping. Starting at South City Christian Schools, with a quick downhill and a meander towards the sea, the route runs right alongside the ocean at two sections before turning inland for a bit of a climb.... read more

The Margate Hook, Vine & Craft Beer Festival

If you are a fan of artisan food, craft beer, seafood and fine wine then this event was tailor-made for you The first ever Hook, Vine and Craft Beer Festival will be taking place from 10am Friday 3rd July until 4pm Sunday 5th July at Margate Beachfront. This event looks set to become a highlight on the market calendar, with wine farms, breweries and seafood vendors from around the country invited to display their wares. Entrance to the festival is R35 in the form of a “tasting ticket” which will enable you to sample the delicious wines and beers on offer. Fresh seafood will be available to purchase, whilst experts will be on hand to teach you the art of food and wine pairing. There will be live music acts playing throughout the three day festival including a talented Jazz Quartet, a Swing Quartet and an Electric Violinist. A Jazz and Swing DJ will keep... read more

The Great Galleon ‘Sao Joao’

The story of the great galleon Sao Joao is the earliest and one of the most famous shipwreck epics from the disaster-strewn shores of Southern Africa. The Sao Joao, one of the largest ships of her time, on her maiden voyage and heavily laden with a cargo of pepper, Chinese porcelain and other merchandise, left India behind schedule for her return journey to Portugal. In May 1552, she encountered a series of severe storms off the South African coast. Her sails, mainmast and rudder were damaged causing her to drift helplessly towards land until she ultimately came to grief on the rocks. It is generally accepted that this event took place near what is now the town of Port Edward on the southern coast of KZN. About 500 people made it to the shore but some 120 of those who had been on board died in their efforts to... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Pot Hole & Orange Rocks

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught Pot Hole & Orange Rocks (S30 49.654 E30 24.210) These two deep water spots are found alongside each other between St.Michaels and Uvongo. Pot Hole can be a little challenging for novice anglers and the sea must be closely watched on spring high tides. Orange Rocks, immediately south, is an easier fishing platform with similar fishing opportunities on offer. Swimming beaches are a way off but take along the family and a picnic basket and simply enjoy the environment. There is ample safe... read more

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