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Caribbean Estates

Port Edward

Located in the lush tropical setting of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal South Coast is Caribbean Estates. This stunning resort, with its distinctive Caribbean-style architecture, is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and is situated in a conservation area on the magnificent KwaZulu Natal South Coast.

Bordered on the one hand by beautiful secluded beaches and by the Umtamvuna River on the other, Caribbean Estates is the answer to your longing for a first-class seaside holiday. With luxury accommodation, direct access to the beach and river, plenty of on-site facilities and the Wild Coast Sun Casino on your doorstep, you are set for a dream holiday filled with activities to suit your every mood.

Facilities on the estate include a beautiful swimming pool complex, with two graded adult pools and a paddling pool. A Caribbean gazebo provides shade for a cool drink, and there are built in braai (barbeque) facilities.

There are two floodlit, all weather tennis courts, table tennis and a small playground including a jungle gym and trampoline for younger guests.

The ocean and river allows surfing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, angling and boating, and guests can also take advantage of the boats, jetskis and other equipment at Waterworld across the river.

Direct access to the unspoilt beach and the river is via scenic walkways through the beautiful conservation area where a huge variety of birdlife can be seen. The patient observer may even come across small buck species and Samango monkeys.

The Wild Coast Sun Hotel and Casino complex is five minutes away and offers watersports, horseriding and more. There are numerous golf courses within easy reach with restaurants of every type close by.

Located only a few kilometres from Caribbean Estates, the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is an absolute must. Run by the KwaZulu Conservation Services, it covers some 3250 hectares and lies along 25 kilometres of the river. There are several trails for walkers of varying degrees of ease and severity.

Apart from the myriad varieties of wild flowers and grasses (some very rare), there are numerous small mammals, including bushbabies, samango and vervet monkeys, chacma baboons, red hares, clawless otters, mongooses and spotted genets. Large nocturnal predators such as black-backed jackal and servals hunt rodents in the grasslands. Some of the buck you may see are blue duiker, oribi and bushbuck; and after dark the common duiker and reedbuck.

The entire South Coast boasts superb beaches: take your pick from fun-filled and popular resorts to secluded and unspoilt coves. Fishing is excellent and there are numerous favoured spots where one can try for that ‘big one’. Deep sea charters are also available. Scuba diving has become a keenly followed pastime and there is a good choice of reefs to explore in the area.

The lower South Coast has an excellent choice of restaurants catering for all tastes and nationalities. In the vicinity of Caribbean Estates visitors can find Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Indian, English, French and German food - not forgetting the ubiquitous hamburger and pizza.
Many restaurants are in the most beautiful settings - whether overlooking the sea, lagoons or rivers or nestling in idyllic rural scenery.

The magnificent three bedroom villas are exquisitely furnished and equipped and include air-conditioning, stove and microwave and a cleaning service if required.

To quote Tony Abbott from the Reserve's publication: The magic of hidden waterfalls, of staggeringly beautiful cliffs of curious colours and fantastic formations, the views over grassland to gorge and sea beyond, the blaze of colour as the grasslands burst into spring flowers ... a complete peace: all this and more is here to tempt you.

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