The North Sand Bluff Lighthouse Complex is an exciting partnership between the National Port Authority, South African Lighthouse Adventure Tours Organisation (SALATO) and Northern Sand Bluff cc. The complex opened to the public in December 2004 offering "The Best View of the Coast on the Coast" from the top of the Lighthouse, quality holiday accommodation and "The Ships Galley Coffee and Curio Shop". There is also a museum with artifacts from the São João shipwreck in 1552 off Port Edward and the Lighthouse is the starting or ending point of the "Aloe Trail" and the "Twin Wrecks" Adventure Trail.
There is 86 stairs in the lighthouse that will get you to the top, however in order to do the last few stairs, there is one massive one, which could be problamatic for ladies and the elderly.
In order to get to the The Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, you have to go through a farm where you pay entrance fee before visiting the reserve and gorge. The reserve is famous for its magnificent views of the deep Umtamvuna River Gorge. It is wheelchair friendly with wooden walkways and have a lovely view platform from where you can feast your eyes on the lovely scene unfolding before you.
Umtamvuna is a treasure house of rare and endemic trees and plant species in a diversity of habitats, with spectacular wild flower displays after the spring rains. The reserve has the best nature walks along the entire KwaZulu Natal coastline, with several marked trails to explore. A large colony of the endangered Cape Vulture can be observed on their nesting sites.
A small picnic site is situated above the office within the reserve, and a day visit is a rewarding experience. No accommodation is available in the Umtamvuna Nateure Reserve but excellent accommodation is plentiful in the nearby towns.
This family run most southern African coffee plantation is run by family of three generations. Head of the clan Doug Tupper is the roast master and sees that every batch of beans are roasted to perfection and the same exacting standards. If you love coffee, you should visit this farm and taste the different coffees before buying your favorite blend. Booking is essential if you would like to do the tour.
They even have a coffee club that you can join and then they will send you coffees from around the world on a monthly basis, much like the wine of the month club.
All the food venues I visited had top quality seafood as well as traditional Afrikaan recipes. Also cater for international tastes. I had the best English Fish n Chips I have ever tasted.
Favorite Dish: Everything I ate. I came home 14lb heavier.
A wooden hut bar up the hill to employees complex of the casino. You are allowed entrance though, free by the way. When I went it cost about £0.25 for a shot of any spirit, glass of wine. No taxex on cigarettes and alcohol so unbelievably cheap. Great crowd everynight. Soooo friendly and a safe environment too. The bar manager watched out for me one night when my friend was too wasted herself. Caring bunch. Most embarrassing moments get put on 'the board'. Hard to get on there apparently, but mine was on it after my first visit. No place like it.
Dress Code: Everyone is accepted black, white, green or purple. naked if you want...though this alone may not get your name on ' the board'. Local DJ's so music is better than you get in Durban nightclubs (very behind on the music scene) An experience you won't tire of. Guaranteed.
Luggage and bags:
Be careful in the airports. Thieves are rife.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer..the usual.
Winter..the same but maybe a couple of sweaters for the evenings.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is cheaper there so don't take much.
Photo Equipment: Plenty available there and again is cheaper. Won't stop clicking or filming.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hire everything for watersports there.