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Port Edward

Port Edward
KwaZulu-Natal

Travel Information and Attractions

Port Edward LighthouseNorth Sand Bluff Lighthouse
One can visit the lighthouse of Port Edward. The view from the top is stunning. The museum downstairs documents the history of the shipwreck of the São João off-shore. Next door is a coffee shop, which also offers curios. Two hikes - the "Aloe Trail" and the "Twin Wrecks Adventure Trail" - start at the lighthouse. Tel 082 3744114.

Red Desert
Red Desert Port EdwardThe world's smallest desert lies outside the town and can only be visited accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Contact Dave Watson at the Lighthouse Café. He organises informative and entertaining tours. Tel 082 3744114.

UmtamvunaUmtamvuna Nature Reserve
This nature reserve of 3,200 hectares lies north of Port Edward on the Umtamvuna river. From the Iron Crown elevation one looks into a 240 metre deep gorge. The park is particularly popular with bird watchers. One of its 280 registered bird species is the rare Cape Vulture. There are hiking trails of 3 to 8 hour length. Swimming in the river is not possible because one could contract Bilharzia. The gate is open daily from 6:30 am to 5 pm. Tel (039) 3132383.
Accommodation in Port Edward and Surrounds

Mondazur Resort Hotel
Prime resort on San Lameer golf course; rooms with aircon, TV; restaurant, bar, pool, beach. Tel ++27-(0)39 3130011. eMail

Douar An Arvor
Self-catering apartment with breathtaking views of the sea offers you all the comforts of a modern home. eMail

Bananas

Port Edward is surrounded by banana plantations. The tree-high shrubs have huge, up to 4 m long and 60 cm wide leaves. Between the leaves grows a

1,5 m long pedicel. When the bananas are ripe, the blooming pedicel dies and new sprouts grow. They can bear fruit after only a few months. A single banana shrub can produce, in three harvests per year, up to a hundred kilos of bananas.


While the fruit is growing and ripening, the banana stands are in most plantations covered in strikingly blue plastic bags. These serve to increase the temperature and keep insects off the fruits. Eco-farmers don't use them, because they eventually represent an awful lot of plastic waste.


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