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Who would have thought 6 months could fly by so quickly, just the other day it was the December holidays and here it is already the end of June and the winter school holidays are upon us once more. Unfortunately at this time the weather here on the south coast is not as warm as it is in December, but because our coast is generally around 20 to 24 degrees Celcius for most of our winter, international tourists and inland visitors to our coast still brave swimming in the sea with a moderate average water temperature of 20 to 24 degrees. Most visitors to KZN south coast come from areas where winter temperatures are frequently in the low single figures throughout the winter, so our much warmer winters are a treat for holiday makers.

At this time of the year everyone is wondering when the sardines will arrive (the notorious KZN Sardine Run!). For those who don’t know of this event, it is a natural phenominon that only happens on our KZN east coast, nowhere else in the world does this occur and scientists are still to this day baffled as to where these small silver slippery creatures come from and also where they go to from here. However, the excitement caused by the huge shoals of these fish (when they do actually make an appearance because there is no guarantee that they will even arrive each year) is enough to take ones mind totally off the facts of their “coming” and “goings”. There is usually a frenzy, firstly by the gulls, gannets and the frenzy feeding sharks, as well as other large game fish species that follow the plentiful food source, and then also by us two legged creatures that just can’t get enough of the excitement of the prescense of the little fish and their boiling lively activity in the sea. One fact that is a certainty, is that the sea temperature close to shore needs to drop to 19 degrees celcius for these fish to come close to shore, or otherwise they will pass our coast line in very deep water out of sight, which often does happen and then we miss out on this spectacle. We would sometimes know about this by the vast amount of bird activity out at sea.

A small shoal could sometimes be around for an hour, whereas some larger shoals could keep fish mad humans busy for up to seven hours at a time. From a large shoal, seine netters will haul in many basket loads of these fish for commercial use, some of the other excited fish mad people will be people catching (in any way possible) for self consumption, while a large group would be fishermen catching as much as possible, to provide a bait source for the very active rock and surf angling here at the coast for the months ahead.

This frenzy of little fish season is normally followed by shad runs which can also come in varying sizes of shoals, causing a major stir with “rock and surf” line anglers. This larger species of fish can weigh up to five and more kilograms towards the end of the season, at the end of the year. There is a one month closed season (being November each year) for this species, as they are heavily fished because they are also a very popular food source fish caught every year.

We have a tourism Sardine Hot Line where one can call daily to get updates on the activities of the sardines throughout the winter season. A small aircraft regularly does a trip up and down the east coast, searching for and reporting back on the sardines and their whereabouts. The number to call is 083 913 7908, and you will be given a full report on the sardines. There have already been some shoals sighted but they have been way down down south of the Wild Coast. We are forever hopeful that the water remperature will get down to 19 degrees from the current 22 degrees temperature, and that the sardines will in fact arrive again this year. This does mean that the weather will also be a lot cooler for a while for that to happen, but what the heck, if you have witnessed the sardines before then you will know it is all worth the slight inconvenience.

I will place more on this Blog in the near future as the winter progresses and when sardines arrive, but until then if you can’t get here to the KZN South Coast then you can use the Sardine Hot Line and follow this blog, for more and the latest news.

The Global recession has severely affected property sales worldwide for the last 5 to 6 years.  Here at the Kwazulu Natal South Coast the property trends indicate that we are still very much in a “Buyer’s Market” and there are still a large number of properties available from which a potential property buyer can choose.  Compared to property inquiries and sales in 2011, the numbers of inquiries and sales in 2012 are still on the rise. This is indicative of the property market regaining confidence and property buyers are not only looking for permanent residential properties to upgrade or downgrade permanent residential sizes, but there are also again buyers looking for investment properties.

Regarding the latest banks/financial lending authorities feedback on the property market, their statistics show that the growth in sales from 2011 is continuing into 2012. They further suggest that 2012 should finally see the property market  recover to a degree of normality and stability, from the slump of the last 5 to 6 years. 

This recovery is largely due to the banks/financial lending authorities being more willing to grant loans today to property buyers, than they have been over the last 5  to 6 years. We are hopful that this new flurry of property buying at the KZN Hibiscus South Coast contiues!

 

Contact the writer/realtor at pat@tysonprop.co.za

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View our wide variety of properties  on our Tyson Properties Uvongo website. Also contact me at Tyson Properties in Uvongo and we can discuss what bargain properties we have listed. It must be remembered that as this year (2012) progresses, and property financing becomes easier, we may find that the frequency of finding good deals on properties may become less and less, and great priced properties could just be “a thing of the past”.

 WHAT TO DO! at the Kwazulu Natal South Coast?

 Kwazulu Natal South Coast

KWAZULU NATAL SOUTH COAST

There is an endless list of activities suitable for those outdoor junkies and sun worshipers who already live here and for holiday makers/tourists alike. With our great warm climate (both winter and summer), outdoor junkies can feast on these activities throughout the year.  Activities and popular locations include, but are not limited to, our many “Blue Flag” swimming beaches, many of the country’s finest golf courses, game/nature reserves and walks such as at Oribi Gorge, deep-sea fishing and diving charters, many top rock and surf angling locations on the South African East Coast, and also going for your daily walk on our golden beaches.  Also very popular are the tennis clubs for all ages and lawn bowls clubs catering for the not so energetic/getting on in age outdoor lovers.  All this within a radius of approx 65km around Margate, one of the most popular leisure destinations on the South Coast; from Port Edward in the South to Hibberdene in the North, the fun is endless!

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Buy your piece of the action now to live, retire or just holiday here in your own property. We have a large variety of  residential properties to choose from. Property options include Apartments, Residential Free Hold/Full Title properties, or Townhouses (Sectional Title and Full title) in secure complexes/estates. The final choice for property buyers/investors includes Small to Upmarket properties, on the beach or inland, with sea views or no sea views, for permanent residential or Lock-up & Go purposes. Property prices ranging from below R1.0 million to the multi millions (eg. R24.0m plus). You ask and we find! 

Let’s Talk!

Contact me at pat@tysonprop.co.za or call on (+27) 83 593 7791, at your convenience.

You can also visit our Tyson Properties Uvongo  website and provide me with the specific property “Web Reference”, on any property on our web site that interests you, and I will get back to you with the information that you require.

Explore what this part of the KZN South Coast has to offer, by area!

SHELLY BEACH

Shelly Beach Small Craft Harbour

Shelly Beach Small Craft Harbour - Launch Base

One of the main sea attractions of the Shelly Beach area is the Small Craft Harbour, where all small craft launching in Shelly Beach takes place under strict supervision of the Harbour Master. Craft launching from this harbour includes various sizes of deep-sea fishing boats, deep-sea diving rubber ducks, rubber ducks as well as ski boats for whale watching and pleasure trips , the National Sea Rescue (NSRI) has an emergency craft based here for sea rescue emergencies, and jet skis also launch from this harbour.

Shelly Harbour 4

Shelly Harbour

There is also a tidal swimming pool at this popular visitor’s location. Shelly Beach has two major shopping malls that are frequented by shoppers from the Wild Coast in the South to Hibberdene in the North. Between the two malls there are a wide selection of smart restaurants and coffee shops, movie cinemas, and a large variety of retail shops, including the larger brand stores.

Shelly Beach also has a new hospital which caters for most medical processes and procedures.

 SAINT MICHAELS ON SEA 

Saint Michaels Beach

Saint Michaels Beach

This area just South of Shelly Beach, which is a suburb of the Uvongo area, has a very popular Blue Flag Swimming Beach, from where various international surfing and body boarding competitions are held annually. This locality also offers some great restaurants both on the beach and others nearby within walking distance.

Saint Michaels Tidal & Kiddies Pools

Saint Michaels Tidal & Kiddies Pools

This locality is very popular with families with small children visiting here, because of the large grassed areas, the tidal swimming pool and the children’s fresh water paddling pool, all conveniently positioned adjacent to the beach and restaurant. 

UVONGO

Uvongo is another very popular location just South of Saint Michaels On Sea, particularly for its golden beach nestled amongst the high rock faces of the Uvongo river and lagoon.

Uvongo Beach & Rock Face

Uvongo Beach & Rock Face

 The Uvongo Falls, fed from the inland Ivungu River, forms the backdrop to this lovely beach location, often providing a spectacular haze as the raging water traverses the rock face.  

Uvongo Falls

Uvongo Falls

Another big attraction of this beach is the fact that the high rock faces provide a great wind breaker, thus one can still enjoy being on this beach when most blustery wind conditions prevail at the coast. Uvongo also has a good restaurant at the beach, as well as a couple of good restaurants and a variety of retail  shops in walking distance of the beach front.

Uvongo Beach also has a well positioned tidal pool that caters for the young and old, due to the convenient sloping ramp entrance into the pool.

Uvongo tidal pool photo to follow soon!

Uvongo beach also has a very popular fishing pier that enables avid salt water fishermen access to the deeper waters, with the hope of catching a larger species of fish and game fish, that regularly create excitement here for these keen fishermen. 

Uvongo Pier

Uvongo Pier

MANABA BEACH 

Manaba Beach is located approximately 3km South of Uvongo Beach with the main swimming beach named Lucienne Beach. Manaba tidal pool is very popular for holiday makers and local residents alike, because it is ideally located central to the main facilities of both the Uvongo and Margate suburbs.

Manaba Beach Tidal Pool

Manaba Beach Tidal Pool

LUCIENNE BEACH

Lucienne Beach, located on the North side of the “Margate Golden Mile” Beach is very popular and easily accessible by the various beach front complexes on the Golden Mile Beach. There are a variety of retail shops in this area including the large SPAR located on Marine Drive. 

Margate Golden Mile beach front.

Margate Golden Mile beach front.

Lucienne Beach is a popular location for both swimming and fishing. This beach and Margate beach are often the centre of attraction in the winter months, when the annual sardine run hits our shores, and the seine netters ply their business from this beach hauling in the slippery silver fish.

Lucienne Beach

Lucienne Beach

MARGATE

Margate is a very popular tourist holiday area having a very popular main beach.  Our part of the south coast is in many ways has been and is still carried under the “Margate brand”.  The Margate main beach is regularly used for talent competitions, “live band” music functions, organised beach games and many other fun tourist orientated events.

Margate Kiddies Pool Area

Margate Kiddies Pool Area

This beach includes a secure area where children can safely paddle in the large kiddies pool and play under parental supervision. There are a large number of smart restaurants and a large variety of retail shops within walking distance of Margate Beach. Margate’s large hospital and clinic facilities are well geared up to cover most medical requirements.

Margate Beach

Margate Beach

Margate has a large smartly revamped fishing pier that is extremely popular with the hoards of avid fishermen as well, looking to catch the big one”, especially during the winter months when the annual “Sardine Run” is upon us and the large game fish are often abundant.

Margate Fishing Pier

Margate Fishing Pier

Adjacent to the Margate Pier is a new whale viewing deck that is very popular during the winter months as well, when the whales give their continual displays of spouting fountains of spray, jumping and playfully breaching the water surface. A spectacle that has anybody gaping in awe and amazement.

 

Margate Whale Watching Deck

Margate Whale Watching Deck

RAMSGATE 

Ramsgate Beach

Ramsgate Beach

Ramsgate, located just south of Margate, is a very popular residential and holiday locality. Ramsgate main swimming beach attracts the type of holiday maker that does not want to be jostled around by the multitudes that prefer the busier Margate beach area.

Ramsgate Tidal Pool

Ramsgate Tidal Pool

Ramgate beach also has a very popular tidal pool which is often almost under continuous waves, giving one the feeling that you are in fact swimming in the open ocean, but still secure within the swimming pool confines.

Ramsgate Whale Watching Deck

Ramsgate Whale Watching Deck

There is also a very popular elevated whale watcher’s viewing deck, located just south of the main beach, also providing a magnificent view of the whales frolicking in the sea. Ramsgate also has a ski boat club and launching site, approximately 2km south of the main beach.

There are also a couple of great restaurants in Ramsgate including the two very popular ones, at the main beach. 

Blog in Progress, look out for further info.