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  • Tranquil seaside atmosphere in this South Coast holiday village
  • Attentive owner-managers will help you get the most out of the area
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and an inviting patio around the pool

Sunbirds

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 14 years and older

In Southbroom

 

-30.9313, 30.3108

About

Liz and Jonathan are the personable owners and managers of Sunbirds B&B and the love they’ve put into the guest house is clear from the beginning to the end of your stay. Liz makes a delicious breakfast, with a special feature being the surprise starters that change daily, followed by a cooked breakfast with home-baked breads fresh from the oven. On sunny days, this feast is enjoyed on the patio next to the 12m swimming pool, featuring views over the Indian Ocean and surrounded by loungers and lush coastal vegetation.

The personalised touches and attention to detail extend to the four airy, spacious and warmly decorated guest rooms, where flowers, biscuits and tea and coffee greet guests. The rooms have no shortage of luxury either, housing comfy King-size or twin beds, a fridge, hair dryer, iPod docking station, safe, and wireless internet. Guests can slide into waffle-weaved bathrobes and slippers after standing under a large glass-enclosed shower or taking a languid bath.

Just outside the sliding doors, a patio with table and chairs allows you to breathe in the fresh sea breeze and watch the monkeys playing in the bushes. The facilities in the guesthouse include a large lounge and a delightful modern dining room leading to Jonathan’s chic honesty bar, where you can sample a local Gold Brandy or a fragrant espresso. 

The guest house provides swimming towels for those taking a dip in the pool. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean, only a short walk down the hill, are also perfect for a swim, and have some quiet rock pools ideal for snorkelling. The beach is expansive, providing plenty of space for you to set up your own little beach spot, and lifeguards keep a watchful eye on swimmers.

Liz and Jonathan have also gone the extra mile to set up some special packages for guests. These include romantic couple’s specials, stays incorporating spa treatments and golf specials allowing guests to play the magnificent Southbroom Golf Course.

The guest house is within touching distance of some fabulous restaurants, ranging from the Italian Tratorria overlooking the lagoon and sea, the eclectic Flavours, and Mariners, which is situated on the Blue Flag Marina Beach and serves up some tasty seafood. In Southbroom, guests can enjoy a bowling green and tennis courts, Pilates and yoga studios, snorkelling and scuba diving.

On the outskirts of town, the Frederika Nature Reserve encompasses some gorgeous dune forests, which outdoor enthusiasts will love. Guests have to travel for only 90 minutes to experience the multitude of attractions in the vibrant city of Durban.

Rates & Summary


4 King/twin rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
Two rooms with en-suite shower
Two with en-suite bath and shower

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Cooked breakfast included

Kids

Children 15 and over are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the tranquil seaside village of Southbroom, just 90 minutes from the centre of Durban, Sunbirds is a well-groomed bed-and-breakfast and a wonderful holiday retreat for couples to unwind. Sunbirds B&B is perfect for guests looking for intimacy and luxury in a gorgeous subtropical setting a short walk from the beach. The guesthouse has a variety of special packages to cater for every desire.

Summary

  • Tranquil seaside atmosphere in this South Coast holiday village
  • Attentive owner-managers will help you get the most out of the area
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and an inviting patio around the pool

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, snorkelling gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Beach access

Nearby: great golf courses, bowling green, tennis courts, Pilates and Yoga studios, day spa, snorkelling, scuba diving, nature reserve.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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South Coast

KwaZulu Natal

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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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