Leisure Bay, Port Edward, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
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Type: Eco Estate
Yield: Not Disclosed
Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal
Port Edward is a small resort town situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It lies north of the Mtanvuma Gorge which includes the Mtamvuma River and is the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. It is situated on the R61 road (future N2 Wild Coast Toll Route) between Port Shepstone and Lusikisiki.
In 1831 there was a crisis between the settlers in Port Natal (Durban) and Dingane, the Zulu king. Some settlers boarded a ship that was in the harbour and the others, including Henry Francis Fynn and his family, fled down the coast. The Zulu warriors caught up with them where Port Edward is today and massacred the fleeing settlers, which included local tribespeople of Langeni, on a hill called Isandlundlu (in English, shaped like a hut). The place has been known ever since as Tragedy Hill and its slopes are still littered with the bones of the victims.
In 1552, the Portuguese carrick "Sao Joao" ran aground at Port Edward and this is the first time in recorded history that peoples from Europe met peoples from South Africa.
In 1878, the ship "The Ivy" ran aground on Leisure Bay area beach.
In 1925, the area was partly owned by TK Pringle, and he named the inland portion Banner Rest as this was where he wished to "strike his banner". The village was laid out and was named Port Edward in honour of the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII.
The first holiday cottage in Port Edward was a shack built among the sand dunes in the early days by transport rider Edward Stafford. Unaware of their motility, however, he was surprised and dismayed to see his fine creation swallowed up. The area was subjected to several name changes as property was bought and sold, but the practice came to an end in 1952 when the town of Port Edward was ceremoniously dedicated to the then Prince of Wales.
Port Edward lies on the southernmost part of KwaZulu-Natal and lies north of the Mtamvuna River which is the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, south of Southbroom and west of the Indian Ocean. The town is positioned along the R61 (future N2 Wild Coast Toll Route) leading to Mthatha to the west and Durban to the north-east.
Port Edward is a tourist resort for seasonal visitors from more affluent regions of South Africa.
There are many tourist seasons that influence Port Edward but the most significant is the Christmas/ New Year period spanning from early December to mid-January. Port Edward's Silver Beach hosts an annual New Year's Eve party frequented by youths whilst on New Year's Day itself, families populate the beach for continued celebrations.
Recently large retail franchises Boxer Superstores and Shoprite Holdings have shown interest in Port Edward. With the local economy growing, the town is set for a bright future.
There are various small schools in Port Edward, some consisting of only 50+ children; however the most popular of these schools is Port Edward Primary School.
The only golf course in Port Edward is the Port Edward Country Club which is a 9-hole golf course. Surrounding 18-hole golf courses include Wild Coast Sun, San Lameer, Southbroom Golf Club, Margate Country Club, Port Shepstone Country Club, Umdoni Park and Selborne which are highly ranked by both Golf Digest and The Compleat Golfer.
The nearest airport is the Margate Airport about 32 km north-east of Port Edward in Margate. This airport offers one scheduled direct route to Johannesburg operated by CemAir. The nearest international airport is the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) which is north of Durban and is 196 km north-west of Port Edward. KSIA offers regional flights to Southern Africa, intercontinental flights to Europe and Asia as well as many domestic flights.
Port Edward is located on the R61 which is a regional route connecting to Port Shepstone via Southbroom, Ramsgate, Margate and Shelly Beach in the north and Beaufort West via Bizana, Mthatha, Port St. Johns and Komani in the south. The R61 meets the N2 in Port Shepstone and the N2 further connects to Durban and Kokstad.
The Izingolweni Road is a small road that connects to Izingolweni and is one of the alternatives for people traveling to Port Edward via the N2 and don't want to encounter with the Oribi Toll Plaza in Port Shepstone.
We have 5 wood cabins with a total of 10 bedrooms, sleeps 20 and one tented glamping suite, sleeps 2 (total 22 guests). A fully functioning restaurant with industrial kitchen. A yoga studio/events hall (max 50 guests), swimming pool and braai area and a reception area / gift shop.
The Lodge is located in 86,793 meters squared of KZN forest, with a private dam and short walking trail.
A variety of resident wildlife including duiker, bush buck and red listed/ endangered species such as the crowned crane that nest in the protected wetlands. We form part of the leisure bay nature conservancy in the greater leisure bay area.
And to top it off we are 900 meters (walking distance) from beautiful local beaches. A rustic getaway into nature.
On-site facilities include a swimming pool, pets by arrangement, laundry service, gift shop, a restaurant on the premises and self-catering. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the on-site activities which include yoga, meditation, bird watching and swimming.
Within a short distance of popular golf courses in San Lameer to the Wild Coast Sun. It is located less than a kilometer to local, clean beaches.
The business owns the property, so it will be a transfer of shares. The entire process of handing over will take one to two weeks from receipt of payment, and we are happy to offer training to the new owners during that period.
Our beautiful hand-constructed eco cabins are made from local materials, where you can relax and watch the sun go down in one of the most beautiful parts of KwaZulu-Natal. We offer a variety of cabin types to ensure that you enjoy your stay with us to the fullest.
Forest weddings are a unique way to get married. Our forest wedding platform is set among the trees and we are only a few minutes drive from magical Leisure Bay beach. We cater for intimate weddings.