Port Edward is a small resort town situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, near the Eastern Cape Province border. The coastline between here and Port Shepstone to the north is popularly known as the Hibiscus Coast because of its lush sub-tropical gardens.
Bordered on the south by the mighty Mthamvuma River – Zulu for “the reaper of mouthfuls” – Port Edward marks the southernmost extremity of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast and is overlooked by Tragedy Hill, the spot where Henry Fynn and his followers battled and lost against Zulu worriers.
Initially known as ‘Kennington’ after T. ‘Ken’ Pringle, one of its early residents, the settlement was later renamed Port Edward in honour of the then Prince of Wales. A long-established coffee growing region, the first plantings in and around Port Edward took place in 1866 and continue to this day.
There are many tourist seasons that influence Port Edward but the most significant is over the Christmas-New Year period spanning from mid-December to mid-January. Another main season is May-July and coincides with the Sardine run, a natural phenomenon.
Port Edward boasts several interesting tourist attractions, which includes golden beaches, a variety of excellent restaurants, arts and craft shops, coffee estates, and several adventure sports including hiking, waterskiing, jet-skiing, mountain and quad-bike trails, horse trails, river cruises, fishing, whale-watching and Port Edward's Red desert, the world's smallest desert.
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