Not far from Durban, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, lies the ever-popular holiday destination of Scottburgh. Although its beach is the main drawcard, there's a lot more to discover, including crocodiles, surfing, golf courses, boating, diving, shopping and a host of nature reserves.

Did you know?

Outside Scottburgh lies the Green Point Lighthouse, built in 1905 to alert ships to the proximity of the Aliwal Shoal.

Boasting one of the best bathing beaches along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast and a warm sub-tropical climate, Scottburgh rates highly as a family holiday destination, with plenty for young and old to see and do.

Golfers will be delighted to learn of several golf courses nearby, two of which are rated among the best in South Africa.

A few kilometres offshore, divers have access to the world-renowned Aliwal Shoal dive site, home to ragged-tooth and tiger sharks, as well as many other species which live in and around the sponge-encrusted reef. A number of local dive charters are on hand to take divers to the site from the launch site at Rocky Bay.

Thanks to the many beautiful old trees that line its streets, and the town's Mpambanyoni River, Scottburgh is home to numerous bird species including the brilliantly coloured Knysna loerie, purple-crested loerie and various waterfowl. In close proximity to the town, a number of nature reserves such as T C Robertson and Crookes Reserve are home to a vast spectrum of birds that will have birders ticking away at their checklists.

The vervet monkey is a local inhabitant of the coastal bush, while whales and dolphins often swim close to the shore, particularly during the annual sardine migration in winter, which attracts visitors, anglers and many predatory birds and fish.

Well worth a visit is Crocworld, a riverside reserve that houses Nile crocodiles ranging from tiny hatchlings to behemoths more than a century old. Crocworld also keeps caracal, jackal, meerkat, birds and reptiles.

Beachside swimming pools, water slides, mini-golf, tennis and bowls are an added bonus to the major attraction, Scottburgh's beach. Throughout the year the grassy slopes above the beach are beset by sun-lovers, surfers, bodyboarders and kids armed with colourful buckets and spades.

The town has many holiday apartment blocks and the modern shopping centre adjacent to the freeway has grocery stores, restaurants and shops aplenty.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

South Coast Tourism – Umdoni
Tel: +27 (0)39 976 1364
Fax: +27 (0)39 978 3114
Email: scottburgh@tourismsouthcoast.co.za

How to get here

Scottburgh lies on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, 40 minutes' drive from Durban (eThekwini) along the N2 south.

Best time to visit

Thanks to its sub-tropical climate, Scottburgh is pleasant all year, but it really comes to life in summer.

Around the area

Two local nature reserves, Crookes and T C Robertson, plus Crocworld 10 minutes closer to Durban.

Get around

The town is small enough to make walking or bicycling the best option.

Where to stay

Accommodation in the town is numerous and varied, ranging from B&Bs and self-catering beach cottages to luxury guest houses and hotels.

What to eat

Fresh seafood.

Best buys

The Umnini Craft Village sells traditional arts and crafts, including exquisite beadwork. Find it along the N2 north towards Durban.