Hibiscus Coast at a glance

Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Shelly Beach, Margate, Southbroom and Port Edward form the core of this South Coast 'beach holiday mecca' of KwaZulu-Natal.

If relaxed, subtropical seaside living had an official birthplace the Hibiscus Coast would be it - and yet, there is an edge of thrilling, adrenalin-fuelled adventures to enjoy.

Living up to its name, the coast dazzles with iridescent blooms against a lush green backdrop, offset by the incredible golden beaches and warm waters.

During the winter months this stretch of Indian Ocean transforms into an even more exciting place - as if year-round dolphins and cruising whales weren't enough - as "The Greatest Shoal on Earth" takes place in its waters. Where else to marvel at 20-thousand dolphins plus thousands of sharks, hundreds of fur seals, uncountable game fish, and the occasional whale - all herding and feeding from a millions-strong sardine shoal, while massed squadrons of seabirds rain down from above? This may sound like a fisherman's tale after a long night in the pub, but the annual winter Sardine Run is a wonder of the world, attracting ever more attention from around the globe.

From the wonders of the sea to inland adventures, the Hibiscus Coast offers it all. The latter include white-water rafting, rock-climbing, mountain biking and one of the world's highest abseil and cable-slide locations. Returning ocean-side, two of South Africa's top ten golf courses appear among the Hibiscus Coast's choice of seven - all presenting varied levels of difficulty, but similar in terms of beautiful locations and breathtaking outlooks.

Lured by the Hibiscus Coast's clean sea breezes, pristine natural surroundings, friendly climate, welcoming locals, ultra-modern facilities and star attractions, it's no wonder so many tourists and residents choose a beach cottage with stunning sea views for an idyllic getaway or permanent vacation!

Stay a while and you will quickly learn why it is called the Coast of Many Colours!