Hibberdene is a small seaside village, 97 km south of Durban, halfway between Scottburgh and Port Shepstone. The town is perfectly located on the South Coast, meaning residents here have the pick of the best from the dozens of towns to the north and south, from Margate to Amanzimtoti!
Out of season Hibberdene is a quiet coastal town, but experiences a high number of visitors come holiday time, particularly when the greatest Shoal on Earth comes to town! Locals claim that their town is one of the best spots to view the Sardine Run, from land or from sea.
Fishing, swimming and lazing in the sun are the main persuits on the balmy stretch of coast around this cozy little seaside village. The coastal forest fringes its five popular beaches, four of which are netted for safe swimming. There are picnic sites among the trees and Anglers fish from the rocks at Reef End.
Open water diving courses are offered for one of the fastest growing water sports by the local dive shop which offers dive charters to a number of reefs off Hibberdene. The reefs off Hibberdene are unspoiled and one often sees rare species like the long nose Hawkfish, soft coral sponge and fern coral. The scarce black coral fan is endemic to this reef.
This holiday destination offers every type of accommodation to suit every travellers pocket. Choose from Hotel, self-catering apartments, B&B’s, Guesthouses, camping and caravanning.
Things to do and see
- Hibberdene Beach
- Wood Grange Beach
- Jolly Roger Fun Park
- Mtwalume Beach
- Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve
- Aliwal Shoal Dive Spot
- Clansthal Conservancy
Hibberdene receives approximately 824 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 19˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 22˚C.
In true Colonial style, Hibberdene first began as a trading store and grew into a small coastal town with homes and a seaside Hotel. It was named after C. Maxwell-Hibberd, the former postmaster-general of Natal, apparently amongst the first people to retire here.
From our gallery
A band of Hlongwa cannibals, who had their stronghold in the valley of the Mzumbe ('the black kraal') River, were almost wiped out in 1828 when they were surprised by the Zulu King, Shaka, as he led his army down the coast. A reminder of these times…More
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