The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Port Edward, KZN South Coast

Afrikaans name: Port Edward

Port Edward coastline

Port Edward

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Where is Port Edward?

Port Edward is the most southerly town on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It is separated from the Eastern Cape by the Mtamvuna River.

Port Edward accommodation

Are you looking for accommodation in Port Edward?

Port Edward has plenty of accommodation options available

There is a wide variety of accommodation in and around Port Edward. This ranges from hotels, to B&B's, self-catering and more.

What to do in Port Edward

Visitors are attracted to the area for a number of reasons. Firstly, the beach and surf fishing are major attractions as well as the Wild Coast Sun Casino and Hotel which is just across the river. One can participate in various water sports on the Mtamvuna River or go for walks in the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve.

There are numerous other places, especially beaches, to explore between Port Edward and Margate.

There are a number of great spots for rock and surf fishing, including "The Gully", "Suicide Rocks", "Black Rock", "Splash Rock" and "Spiros". Fish caught from these spots include Kingfish, King Mackerel (also known as Couta), Kob, Garrick, Shad, Blacktail, Karanteen, Dusky Shark and Sandsharks.

History of Port Edward

The village was originally founded in 1925 and was named after the Prince of Wales at the time who went on to become King Edward VIII.

Port Edward shops

Above - Port Edward does not have much in the way of shops

Photo © Steven Herbert


Above - Some of the accommodation looks directly onto the beach

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References and further reading

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 69

go! - Issue 151 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 116

go! Drive & Camp No 24 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 34

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 120

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 218

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 331

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 209

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 112

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 198

Country Life - Issue 286 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 79

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 68

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 667 (Oct 2017) - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 35

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 682 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 23

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 138


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