Fun and adventure at the Wild Coast Sun
Sun International’s breathtakingly beautiful four-star rated Wild Coast Sun is the perfect family holiday destination and offers a myriad of options to escape into the great outdoors. Located just 5km from Port Edward, the resort straddles the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape provinces and is an easy two-hour drive from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.
Flanked by ocean, river, lagoon and 750 hectares of lush indigenous bush, the property boasts easy beach access, a large swimming pool, an R80-million water park, an extensive games area for kids, a variety outdoor sports and activities, as well as a top ranked 18-hole golf course, casino and a range of restaurants.
As one would expect in this region of the Wild Coast, the area abounds in adventure.
Walk along the sandy unspoilt beach where the only footprints are your own, and the crashing waves and cry of a seagull the only refrain. Hunt for relics from old shipwrecks along the coast or take a guided walk to the petrified forest and Mzamba cretaceous deposits. Choose from deep-sea fishing, rock, surf, fly or spear fishing, or perhaps even by arrangement, scuba diving. Escape along one of the many hiking trails that meander over rolling hills and through coastal grasslands and scarp forests which are home to a wide variety of interesting trees and shrubs, including the Protea, as well as birds and small animals. Horse riding on the beach is a popular activity and can be combined with a petrified forest experience.
At the Mtamvuna River visitors can try paddle-boating, canoeing or simply relaxing on a river cruise. Stock up on your beverage of choice from the Riverside Bar, and then just sit back and relax as you meander up-river through the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. Enjoy the riverine forest vegetation and keep a look out for herons on the water’s edge or the majestic fish eagle perched in a tree. Marvel at the engineering of South Africa’s second longest single span bridge as you pass beneath it – and get a close view of the cormorants that often use it as a perch.
For a day of fun and adventure that the entire family will enjoy head to Wild Waves Water Park which boasts some of the world’s best water rides. Choose from a gentle Lazy River tube experience, to fast paced, heart-pounding body slides, tube rides and flume experiences, which will certainly result in an adrenalin rush. There’s even a Kidz Zone offering as safe, fun, and inter-active water-play area for the little ones.
The AquaPlay area’s slides will keep youngsters safely entertained for hours, and the indoor entertainment, provided by the Magic Company and Cosmic Bowling in the Aloha Village, is sure to be a hit with the kids and the Squawkers crèche offers supervised fun for little ones over weekends and school holidays. The slightly older family members will enjoy activities such as Segway, cycling and quad biking. The multi-terrain quad biking tours, for over 16’s, offer the opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore some of the incredible vistas that this region has to offer, from lagoons, rivers and breath-taking sea views from the top of a craggy cliff.
For more traditional sporting activities the Sports Centre houses a gymnasium, lawn bowls, squash, and tennis. And the championship 18-hole Wild Coast Sun Golf Course is famed for its magnificently curated fairways and greens that cross rugged terrain of hills, ravines, rivers, dams, waterfalls and the lagoon until the final hole, with unforgettable views of the Indian Ocean.
Done with outdoor escapes? Then for thrilling adult entertainment, the casino has a wide range of slot machines and popular tables games such as roulette, blackjack, and other classics.
Some fun family activities in the vicinity include paintball and adventure golf at Mac Banana’s; rafting, abseiling and the big swing at Wild 5 Adventures at the spectacularly scenic Oribi Gorge; a coffee experience at Beaver Creek Coffee Farm – you can grab a freshly ground cappuccino at their onsite coffee shop just outside the casino – as well as some local craft shopping at the Cow Shed Pottery Market.