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Glenmore Beach is a suburb of Port Edward on the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. The region is known as the Hibiscus Coast, named after the bright hibiscus flower – whose colours range from yellows to reds – that enhances the lush greenery surrounding the coastal towns.
Shark nets are present at Glenmore Beach to ensure safe swimming and life guards are on duty during the holiday season. Surfing is good, however, there are rocks and it’s best to surf in the morning before the wind picks up.
The area has a subtropical climate and dolphins are regular visitors to these shores. In winter, the spectacular Sardine Run can be viewed here.
Glenmore Beach is a sun worshipper’s paradise, the uncrowded beaches extend for miles and the seas are delightfully warm.
Top 8 reasons to visit Glenmore Beach
1. Find a cosy spot on Glenmore Beach and spend the day lounging under the sun. Explore the rusted remains of the Nightingale trawler that wrecked here in 1933.
2. The San Lameer 18-hole championship golf course is designed around a wetland forest. Enjoy a round of golf amongst the variety of buck species while the rest of the family visits the 2 Blue Flag appointed beaches at Marina Beach and the adjoining Trafalgar Beach.
3. Nearby Mpenjati Beach has recently been declared South Africa’s first official nude beach, get that flawless all-round tan!
4. Climb the Port Edward lighthouse for panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding green fields.
5. Fishing is popular from Pulpit Rock, located across the Itongasi River, regarded as one of the best game fishing spots along this section of the coast.
6. Indulge in some gambling at the Wild Coast Sun Resort and Casino. The hotel complex has several attractions including the Wild Waves Water Park, a spa, ten-pin bowling alleys and water sports.
7. Take a guided walk along the Mzamba Fossils and Petrified Forest trail, a national heritage site, to view the petrified trees and to visit White Man’s Cave where ancient ammonites can be seen embedded in rock.
8. Mac Banana Lifestyle Centre has fun for the entire family. The centre has a food and wine emporium, restaurants, an animal farm, quad biking, mini golf, a nursery and many other attractions.
Glenmore Beach is 160km from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. 4-seater charter aircraft may land at the nearby Munster airfield with prior permission. Various car rental agencies are based at King Shaka Airport or book your vehicle online. A few metered taxi companies operate from Port Edward, however, it’s best to hire a car.
Did you know?
An indication of the excellent weather one can expect at Glenmore Beach is the hibiscus bush: this bush thrives here and will only flower at temperatures between 16° and 32° Celsius.
Port Edward was first called Banner Rest before being changed to honour Prince Edward of Britain, who was later to become King.