Port Edward History
Port Edward Holiday Resort was previously known as the Port Edward Police Resort.
Established 60 years ago, the holiday resort was funded by Police Force donations - for police members, by police members - and became one of the most popular holiday destinations on the lower South Coast. It included the Waterfront Restaurant which is now known as the Beach Bobbies Restaurant.
Even though the resort is now privatized, its heritage comes from the South African Police Service which needs to be celebrated and remembered for their contribution to our country.
In November 2006 the resort was graded by the Grading Council of South Africa and received two stars. In January 2009, we were once again graded and are very pleased to announce that we have received our 3rd star.
BEAVERCREEK COFFEE FARM
Experience warm hospitality, the wonderful aroma of freshly ground coffee, and a meal on the veranda of a quaint Café. Just a short hop inland of Port Edward Holiday Resort, Beaver Creek Coffee Farm offers interesting coffee tours through their plantation demonstrating the process from 'crop to cup'. Booking essential for tours.
Put on your hiking boots and grab a pair of binoculars and a bird book and you are ready to head out for am awesome birding experience. For information about birding in the area, contact Birdlife Trogon on 039-682-1468
MPENJATI NATURE RESERVE
Mpenjati is a lush coastal reserve 20 km south of Margate. Its wetlands, dune forests and grasslands, trails and a beautiful lagoon provide an opportunity to view forest antelope. The cry of fish eagles overhead makes for a memorable visit.
OCEAN TRAILS HORSE RIDING
Situated on the property of the Wild Coast Sun, Ocean Trails Horse Riding takes you onto unspoilt beaches, into lush coastal forests, and to spectacular vantage points with panoramic sea views. This is an experience not to be missed. Pony rides are available for children. Beginners to experienced riders are welcome.
ORIBI GORGE NATURE RESERVE
This popular day-excursion is just half an hour's drive from the Resort. High sandstone cliffs dominate the 24km long gorge carved out by the Umzimkulwana River and self-guided trails reveal an array of antelope and birds. The landscape is overgrown with trees, emerald green ferns, flowers and many waterfalls. To stand on one of the high walls of this majestic gorge is an experience not easily surpassed.
RIVERBEND CROCODILE FARM
Riverbend Crocodile Farm provides endless fun for young and old and is the second of its kind in South Africa. It is now home to over 200 Nile Crocodiles that can be viewed in their natural aquatic habitat. The 165 Adult Breeding Nile Crocodiles form the nucleus of a breeding bank which produces more than 4000 crocodile hatchlings annually.
• Awe-inspiring crocodile feeding every Sunday @ 15h00
• Live crocodile hatching demo in season
• Snake House and Crocodile Education Centre
• Crocodile Café - Licenced Restaurant
• Curio and Craft Shop
• Art & Wine Gallery
SARDINE RUN & SARDINE FESTIVAL
Every year around June / July 'sardine fever' hits the South Coast as massive shoals of the small silvery fish migrate northwards, occasionally beaching in their millions to the delight of residents and visitors alike. The shoals are followed by thousands of game fish including barracuda, yellow tail and sharks. Above the shoals, cape gannets circle and dive in a feeding frenzy that has to be seen to be believed. Local fisherman rush along the beach with nets hping to be on hand when the shoals come ashore after being herded into the shallows by the game fish. Call the Sardine Hotline on 082-284-9495 during the spectacle for up to the minute news on the "Greatest Shoal on Earth". Visit www.sardinerun.co.za for a festival of events.
UMTAMVUNA NATURE RESERVE
Umtamvuna on the river of the same name at Port Edward, is a botanical paradise encompassing riverine forest and steep rocky cliffs. Well-known for its rare plants and Cape Vultures, it is a popular destination for hikers and birders. The Reserve lies a short distance to the south of Port Edward Holiday Resort and boasts a wide variety of birdlife, plant life and antelope.
WILD COAST SUN
The Wild Coast Sun, one of South-Africa's leading hotel and casino resorts, is a stone's throw away from Port Edward Holiday Resort. The area offers a full spectrum of sport and leisure activities, gambling opportunities and excellent restaurants. Enjoy the scenic splendour of an Umtamvuna river sunset cruise, the adrenalin pumping exhilaration of a surging speed boat, or simply laze on a deck chair on a sun-soaked beach. Whatever your idea of fun, you can set your soul soaring at the Wild Coast Sun's Waterworld.
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