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South Coast

©Jennifer Stern©Jennifer SternThe coast between Durban and the Umtamvuna River, which forms the border of the Eastern Cape, is characterised by balmy weather, verdant sub-tropical vegetation and warm ocean water that makes for great family beach holidays.

Well developed small towns, with many hotels, guest houses, golf courses and other amenities, are strung along the coast like a rosary, but there are numerous untouched areas of natural beauty and many adventure activities, including abseiling, gorge swinging and white water rafting.

The diving is legendary, with Protea Banks rated as one of the best shark diving destinations in the world, and the surfing is great. Although this area is not visited by the spectacular southern right whales so easily seen in the Cape, the dolphin and whale watching is good, with humpback whales, bottlenose, humpback and common dolphins regularly seen.

In late June or early July, the South Coast comes alive as the sardine run gets into full swing. Stretching all along the coast from just north of East London, the sardine run is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. Anglers, sightseers, divers and documentary film-makers alike crowd out the South Coast towns as well as the adjacent Wild Coast.

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