Facilities and things to do on the South coast, KwaZulu Natal,
South Africa

Illovo Beach is a small coastal resort on the banks of the Illovo River in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The river was named by the Zulus "Illovo" because of the mlovo trees growing on its banks

This is the perfect destination for all that seek quality of life in a secure, unspoiled and friendly environment.

The beach stretches over 2,5km between the Illovo River and the Umsimbazi River (Karridene), which boasts unique dune vegetation and provides excellent fishing for Garrick, Shad, Grunter, Stumpnose and a variety of other fish.
Each year shoals of pilchards migrate from the Cape. Nearing KwaZulu Natal, they begin to hug the coastline, the sea currents bring them ever closer to shore. June/July heralds the start of this famous Sardine Run.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the whale and dolphin sightings all along the South coast which are a daily occurrence during autumn and spring!
Don’t be fooled into thinking the beach is only about sunshine, sand and marine life…
For the nature lovers and birdwatchers, there is an abundant species of bird life including Osprey, Fish Eagle, Black Oyster Catcher, Yellow-Billed Hawks, Kites and Kingfisher species.
Small game such as the Blue Duiker, Mongoose and Grey Monkey can also be spotted.
Lifeguards monitor the beach at certain resorts in season and are very accessible with the closest being 795m away from La Mer


This is a tourist attraction situated in Scottburgh. Crocworld is not just a crocodile farm, but a 30 hectare botanical garden of indigenous trees and plants, attracting a unique variety of over 200 birds and offering a complete wildlife experience.

uShaka Marine World

At the end of Durban’s Golden Mile and spanning over 15 hectares of prime beach front. The recreation of a 1920s shipwreck dominates the design.
There is much to do, wild water rides and slides, a huge aquarium to visit, dolphin displays [See Image 4 Opposite.] , restaurants, shopping in uShaka Village Walk and relaxation on the beach

Oribi-X-Treme, extreme sports at its best!

Looking for an adrenalin rush?
Wild 5 at Oribi Gorge near Port Shepstone – not for the faint-hearted!

Wild water rafting

Wild white water rafting on the Umzimkulu River provides a fun filled adventurous day outing. It comprises of two routes, one, a relaxed paddle with three memorable rapids and a second more exciting route which lasts a full day. The full day trip will comprise of rapids from grades 2 to 4, depending on the river conditions.

Wild Abseiling

Wild Abseiling is definitely for the more adventurous. It is presently the highest natural commercial abseil in the world at 110 meters.  The first 45m is a cliff abseil where one traditionally abseils with their feet against the cliff while the remaining 65m is a free abseil allowing one to take in the beauty of the gorge from a different angle

The Wild Slide

The Wild Slide involves sliding 120m along a steel cable 160m above the ground giving one a unique view of the gorge and Lehrs falls.

The Wild Gorge Swing

The Wild Gorge Swing is an awesome experience that leaves you breathless but exhilarated. Situated at the top of Lehrs falls, it is the highest swing in the world. One steps or jumps off the waterfall to swing into the depths of the gorge in a 100m (33 Storeys) arc

Hiking and mountain bike trails

Four hiking trails range from easy to very difficult. Attempt one of the trails varying from 1km to 9km's along the edge of the gorge or hike the foot of the Lehr's Waterfall.

There are two mountain bike trails. The easy trail is along the gravel road to the view sites currently used by vehicles.
The second trail (intermediate) follows the same route as the Baboon's and Camel trails and although slightly tricky in places is the more popular and enjoyable

Take Oribi Gorge turnoff on N2 and follow signs
* Wild photos with kind permission from Galia at Oribi Gorge

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Diving at Aliwal Shoal

Said to be one of the top ten dive sites in the World, The Aliwal Shoal, 5km off the mouth of the Umkomaas River, was formed thousands of years ago from fossilized sand dunes during the times when sea levels were much lower. A huge diversity of tropical sea life accompanies the warm water of the Aghulas Current which runs south along the east coast of Africa. Some visitors say the dive is second only to the boat ride through the breaking surf to get to the shoal. Our skippers boast to be amongst the most skilled in the world in reading the surf, current and the ability to drop you just where you'd like to be.

All diving in South Africa is best done early in the morning. Firstly from July to December the shoal is the congregation point for ragged tooth sharks, the “Raggies” are found in vast numbers on the reef but later they tend to move off. Secondly later the wind and the seas tend to pick up causing a chop on the water and this makes for unpleasant diving. Diving is better in the winter months from May to October. At this time, the visibility is good and the migratory spotted, ragged-tooth sharks are in residence, where up to 60 sharks have been encountered at any one time. Sites closer in shore are also best dived in winter as the summer rain causes high run-offs from many rivers, which effects the visability.
Depths vary from 6 to 27 meters (19 to 88 ft).
Water temperatures vary from between 19º C to 25º C (66º F to 77º F)

Two unfortunate ships, claimed by the reef, offer incredible wreck dives for the advanced diver.

MV Produce (1974) The Nebo (1884)

A 2000 ton bulk carrier.This steel cargo ship was carrying molasses when it sunk, lying on its hull in 3 sections at 32 meters and its rusted framework now an established reef. The MV Produce is now home to 2 tame huge Brindle Bass rumored to weigh around 400 Kg, a big Moray eel which lives in the wreck toilet, the very rare Harlequin Goldie, indigenous to this area, and many venomous Lion Fish

An old wooden steamer which sunk in 1884 at 27 meters.The propeller and the boiler (home to many different species of shrimps) are still visible on the wreck. Inhabitants of this wreck are many eels, large shoals of Batfish, Paper fish, Frog fish, and Barracuda and Tuna which are hunting the smaller fish.

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The Fishing Hole - Rod, Hermien & Louise

Friendly family owned business in Winkelspruit. Rod is always willing to share information on the local waters. He has been fishing since a young lad and his knowledge is invaluable.

New and experienced fishermen welcome!
For all your fishing tackle and bait requirements
  • Open 363 days a year,
  • Mon to Fri 08h00 – 17h00,
  • Sat and Sun 08h00 – 14h00.

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Rent-a-Scooter – Adrian Heunis

Come and enjoy our countryside and coastline Italian style on a scooter!
All the scooters are “Visto's”, 75 cc and rented out with helmets.

Rental price : Rules & conditions:
  • Deposit of R500.00
  • R100.00 per day
  • First 20 KM free
  • thereafter R1.50 per KM
  • Must have a license
  • One man per scooter.

Thyme Out Holistic Therapy - Johann

Why not opt for a total de-stress holiday? You can be collected at the airport and be driven to Thyme Out for pampering in very unique surroundings. The photograph just cannot do enough justice to the therapeutic ambience. Johann completed his training in the U.K. as well as in S.A., he uses a specialized imported massage chair. Massage is one of life’s most profoundly relaxing experiences.

Effective at relieving stress and tension with a combination of rhythmic strokes and carefully applied pressure. Massage is nature’s prescription to good health. Finally, your private transport can drop you off at La Mer where you can sit back, sip your sundowner and take in the calming view of the waves crashing, all from the comfort of your own apartment balcony…

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Restaurants and Bars

‘Upside Down’ Restaurant
Just next door.
The site where La Mer is now was once the location for the Leisure Lodge Old Age Retirement Home. Arthur, who loves Africa, bought the home and renamed the new hotel Illovo Africa (I Love Africa). The demolished hotel’s floor beams were used for the ‘Upside Down’ Restaurant’s roof and the original roof beams are now the restaurant’s floor support! The bricks from Illovo Africa were turned upside down and used as pavers for the current driveway and parking!

  • Lunch & dinner: Tues to Sat 12h00 – 21h00.
  • Breakfast : Fri & Sat 08h00 – 11h30.
  • Sunday Carvery: 12h30 – 15h00.
  • Breakfast on Tues,Thur and Sun
    ( by prior arrangement. )
  • Closed on Mondays

Barmed Pub lunches with the biggest burgers in Illovo Beach. Pool tables

  • Sports TV’s and Karaoke on Friday nights. 

Illovo Nursery Tea Garden Exotic pets for sale, curios and a tea garden set in a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Breakfast between 08h00 – 11h30
  • lunch between 12h00 – 15h30 daily

Lords & Legends Sports Café Food stalls, beer garden, jumping castles

  • Live bands and Nite Market every Thursday from 18h00


Welcome to South Africa's GOLF COAST where some of the most scenic courses in the country await visiting golf enthusiasts. Each presents its own exclusive challenge, with some being amongst the top rated courses in the country.

The South coast boasts some of the best golf courses with their indigenous coastal flora and fauna. Most of the courses offer a spectacular ocean view making for a pleasant golfing experience. Golf Courses close by are the Umbogintwini Golf Course, Amanzimtoti Golf Course, Umkomaas Golf Course and Scottburgh Golf Club.

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Kingsburgh Centre Seadoone Mall
  • Pick ‘n Pay
  • Clicks
  • ATM’s
  • Butchery
  • Clothing
  • Florist
  • Coffee Shops
  • Woolworth's Foods
  • Shoprite Checkers
  • Clicks
  • Ultra DVD
  • ATM’s
  • Butchery
  • Gift Shops
  • Tasty Treats
  • Doctors
The Pavilion Gateway Theatre of Shopping
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Mini Golf
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Skate park
  • Games
  • Banking facilities
  • Fine curio
  • Gift shops
  • Jewelers
  • Fashion outlets
  • Major forex dealers
  • Shopping galore
  • Restaurants
  • Entertainment
  • IMAX Theatre
  • The Wavehouse
  • Skate park
  • The Rock
  • Nissan 4x4 Track
  • Fantasy Forest

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Facilities, Descriptions & Their Contact Details
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Description Distance Contact info
Upside Down
Rustic Atmosphere        100m (031) 916 2200 / 083 555 1367
Barmed Sports TV’s, Pool Tables   600m 072 790 0973
Lords & Legends Sports Café   (031) 903 4534
South coast Sun Suncoast Boulevard
Durban’s Golden Mile
30km (031) 328 3000 / 328 3161
Funland Entertainment Centre

Tenpin Bowling, Dodgem Cars,Sports Pub 7,5km (031) 903 1068
Oribi Gorge Extreme Sport               7,5km (039) 687 0253
Splash world Water slides on the beach front    
Fast Food

Chicken 2,5km  
Pizza Perfect Pizza & Pasta 3km (031) 916 7474
Nando’s Chicken 8km (031) 903 6888
The Fishing Hole Fishing Tackle & Bait   (031) 916 5854
Engen   2,5km  
Holistic Healing
Thyme Out Massage, Aroma therapy   12km (031) 904 3268 /
084 281 9692
Scooter Rental
Rent - A - Scooter
Adrian Heunis
All the scooters are “Visto's”, 75 cc, Daily, weekly, or monthly rental rates available. First 20kms - Free!   078 246 6646
TLC Laundry Services Collect & Deliver 3,5km (031) 916 3327 /
084 734 2838
Upside Down Fully Licensed   100m (031) 916 2200 /
083 555 1367
Illovo Nursery Tea Garden 500m (031) 916 2491
Lords & Legends (Thursday Nite Market
& live band)
7,5km (031) 903 4534
Pick ‘n Pay Kingsburgh Centre 2,5km  
Woolworth's Foods Seadoone Mall  5,5km  
Checkers Seadoone Mall  5,5km  
Debbie’s Transport Personalised Transport Service   073 157 8221
Other Interests
Durban International Airport   21km (031) 451 6666  
Kingsway Hospital   12km (031) 904 7000
The Pavilion Shopping Centre   38km (031) 265 0558
Gateway Shopping Centre   55km (031) 566 2332
Amanzimtoti   10km  
Umkomaas   11km  
Durban   35km  

Booking form [ click here ]

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Surf Fishing

Surf fishing

La Mer beach

La Mer beach - Illovo Beach



Ushaka - fish feeding

Diver feeding fish in Ushaka

White water rafting

The Wild white water rafting

the wild slide

The Wild Slide

the wild gorge swing

The Wild Gorge Swing

Hiking and mountain bike trails

Hiking and mountain bike trails

Raggie at Aliwal Shoal

Ragged tooth at Aliwal Shoal

Anemone at Aliwal Shoal

Anemone fish guarding its home

Turtle at Aliwal Shoal


Awesome fishing!

Awesome Fishing

The Fishing Hole

The Fishing Hole



Thyme Out

Thyme Out Holistic Therapy

Thyme Out

Thyme Out Holistic Therapy

Upside down bar

Upside Down Bar

Upside down restaurant

Upside down restaurant