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Why did we hand pick Amanzimtoti Beach Rest?

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  • Tranquil and lush setting in the holiday town of Amanzimtoti, minutes outside Durban
  • A stone's throw to the beach, and numerous interests in the region
  • Proudly owner-managed, with caring attention to detail

Amanzimtoti Beach Rest

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 18 years and older

In Amanzimtoti


-30.0535, 30.8846


Owners Kim and Gordon McCarthy have put their hearts and souls into making Amanzimtoti Beach Rest a superb example of an efficiently and personally run guest house.

The attention to detail is visible from the moment you enter the door, with the interiors creating an upmarket beach-house feel that mirrors the soothing grey and white exterior.

Decoration in the downstairs dining room and lounge could best be described as modern but opulent. White tiles merge with wooden floors, a Persian carpet and numerous beautifully crafted hardwood pieces and paintings to create a comforting blend of old and new.

Up the flight of suspended wooden stairs, the nine crisp white rooms have comfortable double beds and a choice of either an en-suite bath and shower or a shower only. Each room is fitted with satellite TV, air-conditioning, a mini-bar, hospitality trays, digital safes and wireless internet. The Penthouse Suite has a King bedroom with en-suite shower and a lounge boasting sea views. Security at the guest house is good, with the premises monitored by CCTV and secure, shaded off-road parking is provided for guests.

After settling in, you would do well to explore the beautiful tropical garden, which is a veritable Garden of Eden filled with trickling streams, forest plants and waterfalls, attracting a host of colourful birds and butterflies, monkeys and mongoose. This makes an idyllic setting for a braai.

The popular Amanzimtoti Beach is an easy stroll away and is a perfectly safe place for swimming, fishing, surfing or catching a tan. Also within walking distance of Beach Rest are a host of entertainment options that will ensure that you are never at a loss for what to do next. Take a slide at Splash Water World, go tenpin bowling, do some beach horse riding, have a drink at one of the sports cafes or hit the Virgin Active gym. After dark, head out to one of the nightclubs, or look for a great bargain at one of the vibrant night markets. 

For practicality, shopping centres, banks, pharmacies and the Sapphire Tourism Bureau are all close by, along with the top-rated Kingsway Hospital.

Rates & Summary

9 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
Some with en-suite shower only
Some with en-suite bath and shower


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Continental and English Breakfast included


Regrettably no children under the age of 18.

Why Stay Here?

The owner-managed Amanzimtoti Beach Rest occupies a prime location in the holiday town of Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal, 20 minutes south of Durban city, and offers comfortable accommodation in a tropical beachside environment. The guest house is only 200 metres away from the beautiful Amanzimtoti Beach, within easy reach of the town’s attractions, and features a large tropical garden with waterfalls and streams enticing a variety of wild birds, butterflies, monkeys and mongoose.


  • Tranquil and lush setting in the holiday town of Amanzimtoti, minutes outside Durban
  • A stone's throw to the beach, and numerous interests in the region
  • Proudly owner-managed, with caring attention to detail

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads lead to the guest house.

Activities & Attractions

  • Lush indigenous garden
  • Braai area
  • Amanzimtoti Beach

Nearby: water park, games arcade, tenpin bowling, lagoon water sports, beach horse riding, fishing, nightclubs, night markets, gym complex, golf, scuba diving, dolphin viewing, uShaka marine world, sailing, mountain climbing, helicopter flips, hot air ballooning, quad biking, forest tours.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




South Coast

KwaZulu Natal


Decades ago, beach holidays were simple. They were holidays of buckets and spades, sunburn, ice-creams melting on your fingers, brollies and swimming. Somehow, the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has managed to retain this relaxed, old-school charm and escaped the ruthless modernisation of other parts of the world.

The South Coast stretches from the outskirts of Durban to the Eastern Cape border just south of Port Edward, with countless small towns dotted in between.

Some are prime holiday destinations that attract crowds by offering busy nightlife and organised activities. Others are gentler and more relaxed, relying on the natural charm of the ocean and the beach to attract a less frenetic class of people.

Whatever your preference, you will be sure to find some place that fits the bill on the South Coast.

Running down almost the length of the South Coast is the N2 highway, passing through grasslands, hills, sugar cane and over bridges that span a multitude of wide rivers bringing water from the inland mountains. It is an area of great natural beauty and the sandy beaches are numerous and beautiful, perfect for long walks in the afternoon.

Obviously the Indian Ocean is the prime reason for most tourism and it is easy to understand why. Even in winter, the water is warm and swimmable, but in spring, summer and even autumn the water hovers around 25 degrees Celsius, making it perfect for long days in the water.

Six beaches on the South Coast have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, which means they satisfy 32 criteria, including service, safety, water quality and even environmental management. While these six beaches obviously have something to crow about, there are dozens of other beaches that are as beautiful, safe and worth visiting. In fact, in summer, when the crowds are out, many of these beaches might prove more enjoyable than those with the coveted Blue Flag status.

Beneath the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are further attractions, and the scuba-diving spots of Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks are some of the best in the country, with Aliwal often rated as one of the top-10 dive sites in the world.

The South Coast offers far more than just its top-class beaches, though, with a number of small game reserves, excellent golf courses and more. 

Oribi Gorge is piece of rugged wilderness just a short drive from Port Shepstone beach. Nature is the attraction here, and all sorts of birds and animals thrive in the gorges and forests along the river banks. It has also become something of an adventure destination, so prepare yourself for adrenalin highs.

Wherever you choose to stay, and whatever you choose to do, make a point not to drift too far away from the simplicity and relaxation of a holiday on a beautiful beach.

Look out for

The Sardine Run is one of the world’s great migrations and sights of the natural world. Unfortunately, the timing is a bit hard to pinpoint, much like the Namaqualand daisies, but it generally occurs in the middle of winter. Tens of millions of sardines make their way up the coast, followed by thousands of sharks, dolphins, game fish and whales, as well as flocks of predating birds. Scuba-divers can dive alongside this natural phenomenon.

Oribi Gorge, a short drive inland from Port Shepstone, is a spectacular natural attraction formed by the Mzimkhulu and Mzimkulwana rivers. A nature reserve offers birding, game-viewing and walks, while operators in the area offer white-water rafting, mountain-biking, a gorge swing, abseiling, horse-riding, fishing and more. It is also a wonderful spot for landscape photography, or relaxing at one of the lodges or spas.

Scuba-diving is a major attraction on the South Coast, which is lucky enough to boast two world-class dive destinations in Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.

If scuba-diving is too tame for you, or if you want to up the stakes a little, try shark-diving on for size. Specialist dive operators give you the opportunity to swim with all sorts of shark species, including the fearsome bull shark, tiger shark, hammerhead shark and ragged-tooth shark.

The coast’s Blue Flag beaches (Trafalgar beach and Marina beach near San Lameer, Ramsgate beach, Margate beach, Lucien beach near Margate and Umzumbe beach) rank amongst the best in the world and spending the day on them is a privilege that should be savoured.

The South Coast boasts some wonderful golf courses, including San Lameer, Selbourne and the Wild Coast Sun (just across the provincial border in the Eastern Cape), while almost every small town also offers a very good local course.

For something a little different, pop into the Beaver Creek Coffee Farm outside Port Edward. Here you can watch the entire process that the coffee bean makes on its way to becoming that hot cup of brew on your breakfast table. There is also a restaurant and a shop selling Beaver Creek’s excellent coffee.

The South Coast offers very good birding along most of its length, and birders can enjoy sightings of interesting birds without leaving the towns they are staying in. That said, there are a few spots that are particularly good, such as the Mtamvuna Nature Reserve and Oribi Gorge.

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