Port Shepstone has 18km of coastline with unnspoiled sandy beaches and warm waters rich in marine life. These waters are ideal for fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving surfing, ski-boating, jet-skiing and swimming.
The Mzimkulu river, meaning 'Home of all rivers' is the largest of the South Coast rivers and meets the sea at Port Shepstone. The 27 000 candela cast iron lighthouse which was moved from Scottburgh in 1906 still stands at the mouth of the Mzimkulu River and may be visited.
During June of each year, Port Shepstone becomes famous for the sardine run which has KwaZulu-Natal abuzz with activity, a strange phenomenon which not only feeds man but the whole marine ecology for a brief spell each year. Southern Right whales and dolphins can also be sighted.
Port Shepstone was founded in 1880 and named after Sir Theophilus Shepstone, an administrator of native affairs in the Natal Government.
In 1882 a party of 246 Norwegian immigrants landed at Port Shepstone and these hard working farm people played a large role in the development of the region.
To discover more of this town’s fascinating history, visit the charming Port Shepstone Museum where the town's history with a series of exhibits carrying a maritime theme are detailed.
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