This small town was established in 1873 as an outpost on the troubled East Griqualand border and named for Walter Harding, a judge of the Natal Supreme Court. The Harding area has copious natural resources and is a veritable environmental treasure. By 1882, the burgeoning town added a hotel to its three trading stores, an […]


The first train travellers rode into town in 1901 aboard the rapidly expanding South Coast Railway. The town, however, remained nameless until a decade later when the retired Postmaster-General Maxwell-Hibberd purchased a farm here. Adventure And Sport Beaches: The golden beaches and surf of Hibberdene are strewn with bathers. Indoor Bowls: Competitions are held twice […]


Margate is the main town in the area and was named for a coastal town in England. It has been a holiday town since 1918. Margate and its surrounding villages combine to form one large coastal holiday resort. The choice of holiday accommodation is wide, from highly affordable to highly luxurious, The area has beautiful […]

Oribi Gorge

Norwegian pioneers were the first people to farm this fertile terrain, naming it after the agile little antelope prevalent in the area at that time. The topography of the area dictated complete isolation and the settlers tried, in vain, to persuade government officials to re-route the proposed railway line. Fauna And Flora Oribi Gorge Nature […]


Named after Richard Pennington, an early resident who owned the estate on which the town was laid out, the town is not only the centre of a large sugar cane and dairy-farming district, but is also a popular tourist destination. Adventure And Sport Bazley Beach: Bazley Beach is ideal for wind-surfing, paragliding, jet-skiing and angling. […]

Port Edward

Port Edward was originally named Kennington after TK (Ken) Pringle, the original owner of the area. It experienced many name changes as the property changed hands. Eventually it was named in honour of King Edward VII of Britain. This holiday town includes the village of Palm Beach. Adventure And Sport Beaches: The area has been […]

Port Shepstone

This town is the largest on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The town had its origins in the 1860s as it held promise as a port for coasters. The port fell into disuse when the railway line to Durban was completed. It has since become a prime tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches. It was […]


The safe and beautiful beach at Scottburgh, Scott Bay, makes this town an ideal tourist destination. The town was surveyed in 1860 as the first township south of Durban and is named for the then Governor of Natal, John Scott. Adventure And Sport Beaches: Scottburgh Beach attained the much sought-after ‘Blue Flag’ status for the […]


Initially known to the Zulu population as “Ntsaba”, Alfred Eyles first named the area “The Lookout” when he built a wattle and daub mission nearby. However, after he bought the area he officially called it Southbroom, in memory of his family home in Wiltshire, England. The name was retained when it received town status in […]


The town of Umkomaas is a popular holiday destination. It was developed in the 1860s as a port for the shipment of sugar. Its name is a corruption of the Zulu word Umkhomazi (“River of Cow Whales”), a name given to it by the Zulu king, Shaka, when he saw cow whales and calves basking […]