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City Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone is a place of reasonable size on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal province, 120 kilometres south of Durban. The site was founded in 1867 when there was marble discovered in the area and they named the settlement after Sit Theophilus Shepstone who was then part of the government in Natal. To export and thus to foster trade a port was built which became operational in 1880. In 1882 a group of 146 Norwegian immigrants arrived who played a major role in the development of the area. However, when the railroad was completed to Durban in 1901, the activities at the port was at a standstill and skidded close to large cargo ships.

The Mzimkulu River is the longest river in the south coast and the name means "home of all rivers. The river is good for boating, rafting, canoeing, etc. There where the river merges with the Mzinkulwana River begins the 24-kilometer Oribi Gorge (canyon). Here you can see beautiful rocks like the "Overhanging Rock 'and the 170 meter high Lehr's Falls. Those looking for adrenaline can boast abseiling at an altitude of 110 meters. There are also beautiful hiking trails where you are surrounded by nature, more than 250 species of birds, monkeys and goats.

Activities include snorkelling, windsurfing, fishing and water-skiing (Banana Beach, Melville Beach) in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or a nice walk on the beach to the Port Shepstone coast. The beaches have the 'blue flag' status which means that the beach is clean, safe and environmentally friendly, fine sandy beaches are ideal for a day at sea. Off the coast you can see with a little luck dolphins; especially during the 'sardine run' they are there. Between June and November whales go along the coast so keep your eyes open when you visit Port Shepstone during these months. Nearby are a number of nature reserves that you can visit such as the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve where there are beautiful picnic areas and walking / hiking trails along the gorge and through forests. Besides birds you can find various types of antelope, unfortunately the rare oribi, despite the name of the reserve, is not seen much. In this beautiful reserve there is leopard, monkeys, various antelopes, many birds including five different species of Kingfishers and seven different types of eagles.

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