Wild Coast Sun Casino
Five minutes away by car is the Wild Coast Sun Casino. Here you can take in a lot more than just gambling on the tables or slot machines. There are numerous restaurants, a cinema, ten-pin bowling, and children’s amusements. The Waterworld water sports centre is also located on the casino grounds should you want to hire a boat, jet ski or take a scenic riverboat cruise.
Beach fishing is very popular along the South Coast. A favourite spot is Splash Rock, right here in Port Edward. Fishing from boats can easily be arranged and fishing trips to the wonderful surroundings of the Drakensberg Mountains can also be organised.
Whale / Dolphin Watching
Whilst available throughout the year, these excursions are particularly impressive during the annual Sardine Run. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the months of June and July. Massive shoals of sardines (measured in kilometres) migrate along the coast followed by huge numbers of predators including dolphins, sharks, whales and gannets. Engrossed in their feeding, it is possible to get up close and personal with these wonderful creatures.
Close to Port Edward, you will find Pure Venom, a world-renowned collection of snakes. Even closer is the Riverbend Crocodile Farm where you can safely observe crocodiles from a few centimetres in length up to fully grown adults measuring over 3 metres. The Oribi game reserve is less than an hour’s drive. At Oribi, you can see zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, baboon, and many other species all from the safety of your own vehicle. For ‘big five’ viewing, the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve is amazing. As this is about five hours by car, an overnight stop is recommended. We have negotiated some special rates with a stunning bush camp, only minutes from the reserve itself. We are also happy to book game drives for you. Of course, you can simply stay right here at Port Edward Guest House to enjoy the antics of the Vervet monkeys that visit us almost daily.
No less than nine outstanding golf courses can be found on the South Coast, two of which are rated in South Africa’s top 12. Port Edward itself has a friendly nine-hole course which is perfect for relaxing or when the time is limited.
The Wild Five centre at Oribi Gorge offers some truly breathtaking activities. Try the Wild Gorge Swing, the highest swing in the world. Go Wild Water Rafting, attempt the highest natural, commercial abseil in the world or slide along a 120m cable across the gorge itself (160m above ground). All this action is available amidst stunning scenery.
Galloping along the beach at the water’s edge is an exhilarating experience. For a two-hour ride (or lesson), the Ocean Trails Equestrian Centre is based at the Wild Coast Casino. The nearby Amapondo Trails also offer one to six day tours visiting many beautiful off the beaten track places.
There is a lovely marked footpath that follows the beach all the way from Glenmore Sands to Port Edward, passing perfect swimming spots along the route. Longer walks can be discovered at the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. Hiking trails are available through Amadiba Adventures, South Africa’s first tourism initiative to be owned and run by a local community. Amadiba is based at the Mzamba Craft Village near the Wild Coast Sun Casino.
The South Coast boasts a number of international Blue Flag beaches and Port Edward’s ‘Silver Beach’ and lagoon are just a few minutes stroll.
Your hosts Mick and Linda are both qualified PADI divers. Port Edward is within easy distance of both Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal, two of the most fabulous dive site in the world. If you’ve always wanted to dive with sharks, this is definitely the place to do it. We have negotiated some favourable rates for our guests with the most reputable dive operators in the area.
For gifts and local craft, it’s hard to beat the flea market at Uvongo on Saturday mornings. You’re sure to find bargains here and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re buying things straight from the people who made them. For clothes and big store names, Shelley Centre and The South Coast Mall (both at Shelley Beach) are great. The bustling resort of Margate is the place to find traditional seaside shops selling everything from fishing gear to swimming costumes, buckets and spades. Margate is also the venue for lively nights out with its wide variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants.