Hibberdene Holidays - South Coast, KwaZulu Natal
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Head down the KZN South Coast for a Hibberdene holiday - a popular resort about 25kms north of Port Shepstone. Hibberdene has five swimming beaches, four of which are netted for safe swimming, and scuba divers will enjoy diving on Hibberdene's 4km long reef, which starts near the railway bridge and continues to the old airport. Other South Coast watersports include surfing, water-skiing, boating on the Hibberdene lagoon, excellent ski boat fishing, and good rock and surf fishing, as the Hibberdene beaches are reputed to be the South Coast spot for shad fishing. Hibberdene is also famous for the South Coast Sardine Run, which starts in late June or July. Known as the 'greatest shoal on Earth', when the sardine run comes to town, so do the tourists, sharks, dolphins, seals and flocks of seabirds all of which pillage the millions of silver fish.
Most of the year Hibberdene is a quiet little South Coast town, but during the holidays visitors flock to this part of the KZN Hibiscus Coast, as it's known for its beauty, family entertainment and affordable South Coast self catering accommodation.
Things to do in Hibberdene, South Coast:
An annual beerfest at the Hibberdene Leisure Resort takes place in October,and a there is also a Hibberdene Summer Festival in December on the main Hibberdene beachfront.
The Emithini and Mzamba Village sells authentic Zulu art and handmade craftwork such as jewellery and leather work, and don't miss the traditional Zulu dancing.
Unforgettable family fun can be had at Hibberdene Super Tube on the beachfront, or for something less hectic, play Putt-putt at the famous Hibberdene beachfront Jolly Roger Restaurant
Other attractions in the Hibberdene area include:
- Whale and dolphin watching.
- River rafting through the South Coast Oribi Gorge
- Abseiling down the cliffs of the South Coast Oribi Gorge
- Hiking in the Umtavuna Gorge
- Bird watching at the South Coast Uvongo Bird Park
- Golf at nearby Selborne Country Club and Port Shepstone Country Club
Also visit nearby towns south of Hibberdene:
Driving south from Hibberdene:
Umzumbe - 7km from Hibberdene beachfront
Pumula - 8.7km from Hibberdene beachfront
Mellville Beach - 11.9km from Hibberdene beach
Banana Beach - 12.7km from Hibberdene beach
Sunwich Port - 13.3km from Hibberdene
Anerley - 14.3km from Hibberdene
Southport - 15.4km from Hibberdene
South Coast Trip - Hibberdene Accommodation
For a change we decided to skip the KZN North Coast and head for the KZN South Coast.
Finding accommodation on the South Coast was easy because there is loads of it.
We rented some very nice self catering accommodation in Hibberdene, on the beachfront, and at a very reasonable rate.
Although accommodation on the South Coast is sometimes a little suspect, Catalina Bay is a complex of 12 units with a lovely swimming pool and like much of the other beachfront accommodation in Hibberdene, the complex is pretty safe and only a short stroll to the main Hibberdene blue flag swimming beach.
Our Hibberdene self catering apartment was only 2 minutes away from the supermarket, hardware store, laundry, pharmacy and butchery - just perfect (You HAVE to try the Russian cheese-cracker sausages at Frey's butchery)
We rented an upstairs, 3 bedroom flat which accommodated 6 people very comfortably. The kitchen was very well equipped and we had a great balcony overlooking the ocean.
We found that the South Coast beaches are generally much bigger than those on the North Coast and were far better for rock and surf fishing.
Our Hibberdene accommodation was also only a four minute walk from the famous "Jolly Roger Pub" which is situated on the main swimming beach - The food there was great, the beer even greater and the putt-putt much fun. You run a great show Heather!
South Coast golf courses like Selborne Golf Club, Umdoni Golf Club and Port Shepstone Country Club are all within a 20 minute drive of Hibberdene.
We know that Margate, Ramsgate and a few other major towns are more popular for South Coast accommodation, but Hibberdene has a different vibe and we will be sure to visit again.......no doubt, self catering accommodation in Hibberdene will again be our choice of holiday.
The KZN South Coast used to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa, but we saw that this has clearly faded over the years and we look forward to a come-back.
The South Coast is definitely in need of a little "tidying up" before it becomes favourite above the KZN North Coast
Thanks Hibberdene, you treated us well and we'll be back.
Anton, Elmarie and the kids