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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

Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide

Nature’s refuse collectors on our doorstep Vultures are usually associated with our wild open spaces and national parks, where they squabble over the rotting remains of a lion or leopard kill. However, the hinterland of our piece of paradise on the South Coast, is a haven for the largest of the African vultures, the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres. Nine species of vulture are to be found in Southern Africa, all of which are under immense pressure for survival. Poisoning is a major problem, with large numbers of vultures feeding on carcasses that have been baited by farmers to control jackal, baboon or other predators. They quickly succumb to the ingested toxins. Veterinary drugs, such as Diclofenac, used to treat livestock, are also highly toxic to vultures. Indian vulture populations declined by 99 per cent as a consequence of Diclofenac. Another very worrying turn of events is that rhino poachers... read more

Crag’s View Wild Care Centre

It all began in 1999 when Trafalgar resident, Dorothy McIntyre, brought a tiny 360 gm blue duiker calf which had been caught by a cat, to Craig Hosken and Ina de Koker who lived at Crag’s View, in the Port Edward area. Ina and Craig, largely inexperienced at the time in the rehabilitation of wild life, contacted Lyn Milton who ran the Orphanage for Wild Life (OWL) in Paddock for advice. Miraculously, the tiny creature was a fighter and survived the mauling. And so began a journey for Craig and Ina, who both sensed a definite calling to take care of and rehabilitate sick, injured or displaced creatures of all kinds. There were challenges, however, as one cannot simply take in and harbour wildlife, even with the best intentions, as the law protects our fauna and flora. Persons embarking on such a venture must apply for permits from the... read more

Riverbend Crocodile Farm

A visit to Riverbend Crocodile Farm is a very popular outing on the lower South Coast.  The beautifully landscaped farm is home to hundreds of Nile Crocodiles, snakes, and birds. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the farm and get to know the beautiful inhabitants. For an added thrill, visitors can view feedings on Sundays at 15:00 and on some Wednesdays during the warmer summer months. The farm offers valuable information on crocodiles and snakes, and their biology. Bring along the whole family for an insightful and comprehensive presentation in the language of your preference:  English, Afrikaans, Zulu or German. While the Riverbend Crocodile Farm focuses on crocodiles, that’s not all there is to it. The farm is home to the The Crocodile Café, which serves light lunches and afternoon teas and there are craft and curio shops that offer a variety of lovely gifts and souvenirs for everyone. Riverbend Art and Wine... read more

The Marine Ramble

The Ramsgate marine ramble is a 6 to 7 kilometer walk. The paths are well kept and easy to follow but expect to get your feet wet crossing secluded empty beaches and small lagoon areas. There are a number of places you can start from,  depending on how long or far you wish to walk. Keep in mind that it is an “out and back” trail so you will be coming back along the same route. If you only want to go one way, organize a car to pick you up at the finish. The trail starts from Margate’s tidal pool located about 1 and half kilometers south from the main beach. The first +-3km of the trail is a beach walk. There are no markers just follow the beach towards Ramsgate and enjoy the secluded scenery. Start your walk from the beach or the road. Head towards Ramsgate beach.Cross... read more

The Ramsgate Whale Deck

One of the most charming aspects of visiting the KwaZulu Natal south coast is its abundance of lush tropical vegetation and the variety of both marine and animal wildlife. The Ramsgate whale and dolphin viewing deck was built in 2009 by the Ramsgate Conservancy NGO and has since become a favourite place to explore for holiday makers. Following the Conservancy’s success in building the deck they also added the Whale Deck Enviro Centre in late 2010. The Enviro Centre is used for various environmental awareness projects and fund raisers but it’s also a great little function... read more

Bellevue Guest Lodge

Bellevue is the ideal retreat for the nature lover. Owners Sally and Paul Booker are passionate about their little piece of paradise, and work tirelessly to rehabilitate and conserve it. The resort consists of a Guest House, and a Guest Lodge and is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature. Bellevue Guest Lodge is a homely self-catering retreat situated on a bio diverse stretch of coastal forest, with beautiful indigenous gardens. The home sleeps 2-24 people, and is serviced. Self-catering units include Bellevue Lodge, which sleeps 12, Bellevue House (8) and the beautifully appointed 4-bed Bellevue Cottage. Enjoy the warm coastal hospitality at its best while you enjoy the fresh South Coast air and sunshine next to the pool or taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. You could go for a walk around the lodge and see more than 170 different tree species, or... read more

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