One of the greatest ‘events’ at this time of year is the annual Sardine Season. One of the world’s greatest marine migrations – also referred to as the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’ and the ‘Sardine Run’ – takes place during the winter months each year. It is a phenomenon that has visitors to the region waiting in anticipation – will the millions of sardines that migrate up the coast be driven into shallow waters, and onto the beach this year? They are accompanied by dolphins, other large fish and the thousands of sea birds which all feed on them. Whether in the capable, experienced hands of an air- or sea- borne tour operator, or simply armed with the Sardine Hotline number (082 284 9495) plus a pair of binoculars and plastic tub, the annual winter Sardine Run is a unique experience that guarantees memories for a lifetime.
The South Coast plays host to nearly 500,000 visitors during June and July each year – besides the balmy winter weather, visitors get to enjoy the Sardine Season offerings which includes numerous fun activities for kids and adults alike. Another highlight in the region is the Ugu Jazz and Cultural Festival on the 30th of June which, now in its 8th year is sure to deliver with its star-studded is line-up of SA jazz legends and upcoming artists. MTB enthusiasts will enjoy the first three of the five South Coast Fever MTB Series 2018 races during July – these being the Sardine MTB Race at Port Edward on the 8th, the Scottburgh MTB Weekend on the 21st and 22nd and the Ingeli Forest MTB on the 30th. For those looking for more leisurely pursuits, there are a number of scenic forest and coastal trails of varying distances and grading fit for the whole family. Other outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking – both sea and lagoon, and of course golf. Adrenalin junkies should head to the Oribi Gorge where you can experience the world’s highest gorge swing and Africa’s longest zip-line… or if you’re looking for ‘fast & furious’, the Dezzi Raceway has a number of events to satisfy motoring enthusiasts.
What to do In The South Coast
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During the winter months Humpback, Bryde’s, Minke and Killer whales can be watched from the shore or from one of the viewing platforms in Ramsgate, Southbroom, Umtentweni, Margate and Pennington. Alternatively book an ocean safari to see these magnificent creatures up close in their natural environment.