The #KZNSouthCoast’s top spots for those following the ‘wellness tourism’ trend

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Health and holistic wellbeing are being prioritised in 2021, with many travellers looking to enjoy a rejuvenating experience while on holiday.

 

The #KZNSouthCoast, with its natural abundance, outdoor activities and spiritual retreats is a must-try destination for those seeking personal enlightenment and physical health.

“The incredible anxiety and stress that has emerged during Covid-19 has seen many looking to safe havens and nature-based retreats as a way to soothe and revitalise body, mind and spirit,”

 

explained CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu.

“The #KZNSouthCoast has long been revered as a coastal retreat, with many spiritually-minded venues offering tourists a chance to re-set through meditation, exercise, healthy eating and by re-connecting with the natural world.”

 

#KZNSouthCoast’s wellness tourism hotspots 

 

Eco-sanctuaries and retreats

With many indigenous coastal forests set against the backdrop of soothing ocean waves crashing on golden sands, the #KZNSouthCoast is the ideal location to get away from the hustle of daily life and replenish the soul. The ocean is renowned for its ‘Vitamin Sea’ benefits, including reducing skin inflammation, assisting in pain management, improving sleep and lowering anxiety. For many, just the simple act of sitting on the beach and allowing the ocean sights and sounds to wash over them is enough to bring about spiritual calm. For others, there are several retreats and eco-sanctuaries within #TheParadiseoftheZuluKingdom that welcome guests seeking a calming yet revitalising eco-experience.

 

  • Highcroft Eco Sanctuary and Retreat in Umzumbe 
  • Bo-Yoga at Ramsgate Whale Deck 
  • Hair International in Ramsgate: This eco-friendly salon promotes earth-friendly products and practices 
  • The Sunshine Yoga Studio in Oribi Gorge: Specialises in yoga, retreats, spiritual exercises and transformational workshops 
  • Nakai Beach Homestay in Trafalgar 
  • Nia classes at the Heart Space in Clansthal, and half-day sessions of Womanity Connects where women can live their soul essence - in studio or online
  • As Above, So Below yoga classes in Clansthal

 

Organic eating and eco-tours

Healthy living starts from within and with the #KZNSouthCoast’s sub-tropical climate and fertile soil, there’s an abundance of organic produce and eateries throughout the region. From seaside cafés through to farm tours, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. 

  • The Green Net in Umtentweni: An organic produce farm
  • Nemvelo Farm in Izotsha: An organic produce farm off the beaten track 
  • Thrive Urban Farm in Uvongo: An organic produce farm 
  • Good Life Café in Shelly Beach: A coffee shop selling deliciously healthy meals 
  • The Farm Food Factory in Shelly Beach: A craft food, vegetarian eatery 
  • The Earth Shed in Southbroom: A specialty grocery store
  • The Farm Stall in Port Edward 
  • The Pack Shed near Margate 
  • Beaver Creek Coffee Estate in Port Edward: Agri-tourism food and adventures

 

Nature-based exercise and eco-adventures

Another important facet of the wellness tourism trend is participating in nature-based exercise and activities to improve wellbeing and release stress through physical fitness. The #KZNSouthCoast is a well-established sports’ and fitness destination where tourists can engage in recreational sports’ activities ranging from surfing, stand-up paddling and golfing through to more extreme adventures like white-water rafting, trail running and biking, and cave excursions. Here’s a look at some eco-adventures to be had on the #KZNSouthCoast.

 

  • Red Desert Nature Reserve in Port Edward: Hike to the world’s smallest dessert, home to archaeological discoveries.
  • KwaXolo Caves Nature Reserve: A guided steel cable climbing system to view ancient San artwork
  • Wild 5 Adventures in Oribi Gorge: Extreme adventures including The Wild Gorge Swing, Wild Abseil, Wild Water Rafting, The Wild Slide and the suspension bridge 
  • Diving at Aliwal Shoal off Umkomaas and Protea Banks off Shelly Beach: Both Marine Protected Areas with abundant ocean life.
  • Freediving South Africa: KZN’s first fully eco-conscious freediving operators 
  • There are extensive hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching and 4x4 trails and excursions through the region’s numerous nature reserves, conservancies and game reserves, including the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails.
  • ‘The Golf Coast’ is home to 11 stunning golf courses. 

 

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