This village, originally called Tooi, was founded in 1857 to settle veterans of Britain’s disbanded German Legion. The name of this small seaside town on the Sunshine Coast was later changed to that of the German city Hamburg. Its position next to the ocean and on the banks of the Keiskamma River has earned it a reputation as a popular adventure tourism destination, especially for water sports.

Adventure And Sport

Canoeing: The Keiskamma River offers excellent angling and other water-sport opportunities, including canoeing.

Cruises: Various river- and deep-sea cruises are conducted, if the weather permits.

Fishing and surfing: Some of the best coastal-fishing and surfing opportunities exist along the miles of beautiful beaches.

Hamburg Nature Trail: The trail offers beautiful views of the bluegum plantation, the Umtata River Mouth and the coastline. Sunset barbecues lend a special flavour to the occasion and should be arranged in advance.

Mpekweni Sun Marine Resort: Nature still reigns supreme at the Mpekweni Sun Marine Resort. Guests may choose to hike along clearly-marked trails, canoe up-river or spend the day lounging in the lagoon. The endless water-sport activities, inviting golden beaches and fascinating marine- and land life make this one of the most popular destinations in the country. Deep-sea and surf-fishing are also popular. Guests also enjoy the full use of the Fish River Sun facilities.

Water sport: All types of water sports, such as sailing, power-boating, board-sailing and water-skiing are possible around town.

History And Architecture

“African Experience”: The experience includes an evening visit to a local township and shebeen where visitors can taste the local food and enjoy traditional Xhosa dancing. Advance booking is essential.

Fauna And Flora

Bird Watching: Wetland bird life, including various species of waders, sea-eaters and migratory marine birds, abound in the area.

Great Fish River Reserve Complex: The complex includes the Double Drift, Sam Knott and Andries Vosloo Game Reserves, each with its own unique attractions. Do not neglect to visit and stay over in this vast natural area with its many large game species and hippopotami, recently successfully re­introduced to the Fish River. Fishing, hiking and birding as well as hunting are allowed in certain areas.

Oyster Farm: Situated on an island, the Oyster Farm hosts tours of the facilities, demonstrating how these creatures are farmed. Appointments should be made well in advance.

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