Port Shepstone is situated 120 kilometres from the closest major city - Durban and a mere 1 and a half hour's drive from King Shaka International Airport situated on Durban's north coast. The town was established in 1882 and named after Sir Theophilus Shepstone, the then secretary of Native Affairs. English, German and Norwegian families settled here and grew tea, coffee and sugar. Plantations of these and fruit and nuts together with marble and limestone quarries still form the key commercial industries in the area together with the complimentary traders associated with a busy and thriving community.

Port Shepstone houses all the provincial government departments and the seat of the UGU District Municipality. The infrastructure is well developed with many recreational and shopping facilities as well as excellent schools - both private and government based, clinics and hospitals - both private and provincial. There is a 24 hour surveillance system in place together with a coordinated anti crime campaign utilising local neighbourhood watches and professional security companies therefore we enjoy relatively low crime figures.

Explore Port Shepstone



The sea remains our biggest draw card with the warm Indian Ocean temperatures affording year round recreational activity by way of swimming at one of our many netted and patrolled beaches, snorkelling, scuba diving at World renowned dive sites, surfing, wind surfing, jetskiing and fishing from shore or ski boats.

The coast line

The coast line

Our coast line is one of the World's top destinations for dolphin viewing and for the annual sardine run which occurs during our winter season late June/ July every year, when millions of these fish migrate from cooler waters in the North accompanied by hundreds and thousands of sea birds, dolphins, sharks and game fish.

Whale Migration

Whale Migration

The annual Whale migration also starts at this time and viewing of Humpbacked and Southern Right Whales can be done with licensed Boat based operators who are well versed in Marine knowledge. 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Port Shepstone country club offers bowling greens, tennis, squash & a superb 18-hole golf course. The Oribi Gorge offers stunning hikes and trials, white water rafting, abseiling & bungee swinging over the spectacular rocky outcrops falling 170m to the forest floor. The vintage Banana Express Steam Train cuts through indigenous sub-tropical forests, sugar cane fields & green hills, home to traditional Zulu villages.

Living in Port Shepstone

Areas near to Port Shepstone

Amanzimtoti, Ballito, Berea, Durban, Durban North, Hibberdene, Kokstad, La Lucia, Margate, Montclair, Mount Edgecombe, Newcastle, Pinetown, Port Edward, Richards Bay, Scottburgh and Pennington, The Midlands, Umdloti, uMhlanga, Umtentweni, Underberg, Upper Highway, Westville,


There are a great selection of schools from Grade R to Grade 12. Port Shepstone High School, Suid-Natal High School, Port Shepstone Senior & Junior Primary Schools, Islamic School, tons of pre-primaries as well as St Martin De Porres School that caters for children with disabilities. Coveted schools like Creston College & the Esayidi FET College is within easy reach.


Situated within Port Shepstone is the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital as well as the Hibiscus Private Hospital. Doctors’ surgeries, dentists and various specialists are scattered all over the Port Shepstone CBD. We also have two labs - Ampath & Lancet that caters for all pathological needs. The Shelly Beach Day Clinic is also within easy driving distance.


Port Shepstone CBD is bursting with shopping potential. We also have the Oribi Plaza shopping centre as well as the Harbour View Centre with a variety of shops to suit all needs.


Port Shepstone provides easy access to the N2 Highway which connects to Durban. We also have the CemAir airport close by which provides flights to OR Tambo International Airport.


Port Shepstone boasts beautiful swimming beaches plus a number of Blue Flag beaches.  Enjoy the Country Club which offers tennis, squash, bowls and cricket.  Enjoy many stunning restaurants and farm stalls, kiosks and delights such as Banana estates, sugar estates and local farming.  Port Shepstone is 25 minutes north of the Wild Coast Sun Casino and the new Wild Waves Water Park, a mere 15 minutes north of the Shelly Shopping Centre, which boasts Ster Kinekor movies and the South Coast Mall,  25 minutes from the spectacular Oribi Gorge Wild Five, 

So much to offer in the town called Shelly Beach, watersports such as snorkelling, diving, canoeing, fishing and boating in the warm waters.  Explore the large variety of exquisite tropical fish and coral reefs such as Potato Reef, Bo Boyi Reef, Adda Reef and Arena Reef.   Book you spot for whale-and dolphin watching or deep-sea fishing and scuba diving expeditions

The Uvongo River Nature Reserve is great for those family picnics. There is a great children's paddling pool and shaded grassy spots right by the river.

Margate is a surprisingly exciting town situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.  The town’s beauty is obvious from the moment you enter into its sub-tropical paradise of golden beaches including a blue flag beach.  Coastal forests and endless, sunny days make this town just fabulous  

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius