Upon tasting the waters of a nearby river, Shaka, the warrior king of the Zulus, declared, “Kanti Amanzi Mtoto”, which means “indeed the waters are sweet”. Unwittingly, he provided the ideal name for this beautiful and popular holiday destination. For decades this beautiful region was incorporated within a colonial-decreed “Native Reserve” until 1928 when it was excised from the reserve and surveyed as a “white town”. In the intervening period, the town’s inhabitants witnessed the official opening of the railway in December 1897, the construction of the first hotel in 1898 and the same hotel’s destruction by fire the following year. Municipal status was achieved in September 1952.
Adventure And Sport
Beaches: Swimming and acquiring a suntan on the beautiful beaches of Amanzimtoti are the most popular forms of entertainment in the area.
Hiking trails: Enjoy the views presented by the Ilanda Wilds while following the self-guided Loerie, Mpiti and Mongoose Trails.
Fauna And Flora
Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary: The indigenous riverine forest, expanse of open water and lush gardens of the sanctuary is a haven for bird life. The reserve also has self-guided trails and bird hides.
Japanese-style Gardens: The Japanese-style gardens add some additional cultural flavour to the town.
History And Architecture
Dick King Homestead: Visit the historic homestead of Dick King, a British hero who, in 1842, travelled on horseback almost 1000 km in ten days from Durban to Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape to request relief for the British forces in Durban who were besieged by the Boers.