Activities in Pennington - South Coast KZN
Ushaka Marine World
The world class uShaka Marine World, situated in Durban, South Africa, opened its turnstiles to the general public on April 30th 2004. Close to three years in the making, uShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness.
uShaka has brought together cultures, like no other place in Africa – into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the day-time operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.
Pennington Beach is situated 75 km south of central Durban. It boasts one of the most beautiful coastal forests along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
There is an abundance of bird life, miles of unspoilt beach, and warm water for surfing, swimming, fishing, and snorkelling.
The main bach has a tidal pool ideal for kids. The main beach is also great for throwing a line and relax in its tranquility.
Find out how many teeth crocodiles have and other amazing facts. Daily crocodile tours offer a fascinating experience where visitors can learn about the lifestyle of crocs from newborn hatchlings to 100-year-old giants during their feeding times at 11:00 and 15:00.
The lush park comprises gardens and indigenous forest where numerous reptiles, mammals and birds can be viewed safely in their natural habitats. A farmyard section offers young visitors an experience of a variety of domesticated animals including sheep, goats and horses.
On site is a curio shop and the Crocodilian Restaurant with great views over the park.
Umdoni Park Golf Course
Umdoni Golf Course has a considerable reputation in Kwa-Zulu Natal, being regarded as breathtakingly beautiful and hugely pleasurable to play. The course of 18 holes is over truly striking terrain, with the front 9 running alongside the sea and the back nine stretching inland through dense indigenous forest vegetation.
Anything but flat, Umdoni Golf Course and it’s elevation changes not only translate into an adventure of judgment and shot-making but provides any number of ‘view-site moments’. On a fine day, lush fairways underfoot and with the ocean swells just breaking into whitecaps, a round at Umdoni is food for the soul – this is how golf is meant to be.
Selbourne Park Golf Course
Rated independently by Golf Digest magazine as a top 100 South African golf course, Selborne Golf Course is one of the most spectacular 18 hole golf courses in southern Africa. Wild coastal forest frames a superbly manicured course where the only disturbance may be one of nature’s creatures. The golf course is a superb masterpiece affording golfers breathtaking scenery as they weave their way through manicured fairways and coastal forest.
Selborne is also situated on South Africa’s ‘Golf Coast’. Within an hour’s drive of Selborne are a number of other top golf courses – 11 of them in Golf Digest’s top 100 courses. In terms of the ultimate golfing experience, Selborne is the recipient of Complete Golfer’s Five-star Golf Experience Award; based on service excellence, top-class clubhouse facilities, golf course conditioning and last but not least the overall lingering experience.
Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve
It contains about 80 species of indigenous trees and several hundred which have been donated to the reserve. There are also over 180 species of birds to be seen, including bushbuck, red duiker and banded mongoose.
There are designated picnic and braai areas for visitors and every third Sunday of the month the reserve holds a ‘Bring and Braai’ where guests can listen to talks by various experts of different fields while enjoying some time out with family and friends.
The Aliwal Shoal is a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately 5 km off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa . The reef plays host to many kinds of hard and soft corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species. Aliwal Shoal was named after the near-sinking of the 3 Masted vessel “Aliwal”, Captained by James Anderson in 1849 (source: Aliwal Shoal Tourism ). There are two wrecks near the reef that are prime sites for divers. The Norwegian bulk carrier called the “Produce” which sank in 1974 and the Nebo which sank in 1884. Aliwal Shoal has some stunning marine life which explains its popularity with divers. The Shoal is known especially for its abundance of Grey nurse sharks (known locally as ragged tooth sharks or “raggies”) between August and November when the sharks congregate there to mate.
Those wishing to dive Aliwal Shoal are well can visit Umkomaas Lodge who have been in the industry since 1984 Umkomaas .
Deep Sea Fishing
The Kwa Zulu Natal Coastal areas are warm rich waters teaming with sea life and fish in all seasons. Experiences skippers provide tackle and a days fishing. Jim will cook your fish for dinner. The launch is eight kilometers to the north at Rocky Bay.
Lose all senses of self preservation and experience the ultimate rush of the Wild Swing at Oribi Gorge.
Launch yourself off Lehr’s Falls, 100m into the abyss of the Oribi Gorge on the world’s highest gorge swing.
Leaves you feeling breathless and exhilarated!