- Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone lies approximately 120 km south of Durban along the Hibiscus Coast and is one of the largest towns along the South Coast.
Port Shepstone is a popular tourist destination founded along the Mzimkhulu River, the same river that created the beautiful Oribi Gorge, a huge attraction a short distance inland. This gorge boasts spectacular rocky outcrops such as the Overhanging Rock and the shimmering 170 metre Lehr's Falls. It is also home to the world's highest commercial abseil at 110 metres.
The area boasts a few nature reserves surrounding the town which offer some wonderful game viewing, birdwatching and hiking trails.
Tourism here also revolves around the many beautiful beaches along the 18 km stretch of coastline that is Port Shepstone. The ocean is teaming with marine life and opportunities for activities such as fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, boating and jet skiing.
Port Shepstone has a diverse set of activities and attractions, from relaxing to thrilling. To find out more about the towns’ history visitors can visit the small Museum in town as well as the harbour lighthouse.
There are numerous restaurants, shops and accommodation, including self-catering, guesthouses, hotels and camping facilities in and around Port Shepstone.
Things to do and see
- Port Shepstone Lighthouse
- Port Shepstone Beach
- Southport Beach
- Banana Beach
- Anerley Beach
- Umtentweni Beach
- Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
- Wild Gorge Swing
- Oribi Vulture Viewing
- South Coast Birding Route
- Port Shepstone Golf Course
Port Shepstone receives approximately 1118 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 17˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Margate Airport approximately 22 km away via the R61 and into King Shaka International Airport, 155 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities and Airport Shuttles are available at the Airport.
Port Shepstone was founded in 1880 and named after Sir Theophilus Shepstone, an administrator of native affairs in the Natal Government. A harbour was immediately built at the opening of the river mouth for marine trade and the first coaster entered the harbour on the 8 May 1880, initiating regular trade between Durban and Port Shepstone.
The development of the village was boosted by the arrival of over 200 Norwegian settlers who were brought out to farm the area. By 1893 Port Shepstone was functioning as a full fiscal harbour.
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