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Port Shepstone

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Situated at the mouth of the Mzimkulu River (the great home of all rivers), 120km south of Durban and close to Oribi Gorge, Port Shepstone is the largest town on the South Coast. It is also the administrative, educational and commercial centre for Southern Natal whose industries include a sugar mill, a lime works and a marble quarry. Timber, wattle bark and sub-tropical fruit are also grown in the district.

Port Shepstone has a lot to offer backpackers. There is an excellent golf course, varied coastal and river mouth fishing, a tidal pool and sandy beach and is the gateway to Oribi Gorge. If you are brave enough, take on the highest commercial abseil at 110m. There are also hiking trails where you can encounter over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and monkeys.

The Spot Backpackers offers budget accommodation and a host of activities right on the beach in Umtentweni, in Port Shepstone.