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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.

Where to stay in Port Edward

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.

Port Edward weather


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

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

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 198

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

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 331

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

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

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