Amanzimtoti Holidays - South Coast, KwaZulu Natal
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Long ago, the great Zulu King Shaka stopped to rest in the South Coast town now known as Amanzimtoti, or 'Sweetwaters' in Zulu. He was brought water, and once he'd sipped he said, “Kanti Amanz'amtoti", meaning 'the water is sweet'.
Amanzimtoti lies on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, also known as 'The Sapphire Coast', because of its superb white sandy beaches bordering the warm South Coast Indian Ocean. Alive with colourful fish and magnificent offshore coral reefs, Toti is ideal for snorkelling and diving adventures, and for the South Coast diver, the nearby Aliwal Shoal (20 minutes from Amanzimtoti), with its rich abundance of marine and plant life makes for an excellent South Coast diving spot. Other than the fish and sea life, there are also a number of shipwrecks waiting to be explored, providing visitors with a truly unforgettable experience.
With its wealth of shore, rock and deep sea fishing, Toti is also renowned as an anglers paradise, especially during the annual South Coast sardine run, when towns like Amanzimtoti come to life with an energetic buzz of fishermen and locals as the tiny silver fish beach. Considered to be the greatest shoal on earth, these billions of fish bring with them numerous larger game fish, dolphins, sharks, seals, whales and a variety of birdlife seeking an easy meal, making Amanzimtoti 's annual ocean extravaganza undoubtedly one of the most spectacular South Coast marine events.
If you're an avid sun-worshipper, fisherman, surfer, scuba diver ... or anyone who loves glorious beaches, numerous places of interest, a wide choice of shopping facilities and activities, gourmet restaurants, entertainment and exciting nightlife, then the sub-tropical paradise of Toti on the Natal South Coast is definitely the place for your next family vacation.
Fun things to do in Amanzimtoti / Toti:
- Ice Skating at the Galleria Skating Rink situated in the Galleria Shopping Mall in Amanzimtoti (Toti).
- Splash Water World - known by the locals as “Toti’s best kept secret”, situated on Amanzimtoti main beach.
- Saddle up for a leisurely beach stroll or fast gallop with Amanzimtoti / Toti Beach Horse Riding Trail.
- Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary - offers visitors the opportunity to sight 150 bird species.
- For the avid golfer, the Toti / Amanzimtoti Golf Club is a year round course, and offers superb conditions to play in.
For fabulous food, the Toti South Coast offers a wide variety of eateries, from alfresco brunches to cosy pub lunches and fine dining, Amanzimtoti South Coast restaurants offer excellent fare to suit all tastes and budgets.
Explore these popular South Coast Toti holiday destinations::
South of Amanzimtoti via the N2:
Doonside - 6.7km (8 minutes) from Amanzimtoti
Kingsburgh - 10.7 km (10 minutes) from Toti
Warner Beach - 7.6km (9 minutes) from Amanzimtoti
Winklespruit - 10.5km (10 minutes) from Amanzimtoti
One can spend forever wandering down the beautiful Natal South Coast, exploring charming little sea-side towns much further south of Amanzimtoti, like Illovo Beach, Karridene, Umkomaas - each town rich with vibrant cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, a multitude of local attractions, and of course, plentiful South Coast accommodation to suit all pockets and tastes.
Useful Amanzimtoti holiday emergency telephone numbers:
Sapphire Coast Toti Tourism: 031 903-7498
Toti Lifesaving Club: 031 903-6802
Amanzimtoti Police: 031 903-5311
Amanzimtoti Fire Station: 031 903-9000
Amanzimtoti Hospital: 031 904-3600
Netcare 911: 082 911
Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS): 10177
National Sea Rescue Institute: 031 361-8567