Scottburgh was established in 1860 and was the first township in Natal south of Durban, named after the Governor of Natal, John Scott. Things have since changed and Scottburgh is now one of a long line of seaside towns and villages stretching south from Durban.
It is one of the busier, more prominent resort towns on the South Coast, a bustling little place in season that is full of tourist attractions and facilities, as well as a range of accommodation options from hotels to beach cottages.
Scottburgh is a renowned surfing beach with a highly regarded point break. If surfing is beyond you, there are also very pleasant swimming beaches, rock pools to explore, beaches to stroll along, a tidal pool for the little ones and a supertube, while boats can be arranged for fishing or whale-watching.
Scottburgh is also conveniently located within short driving distance of the famous Aliwal Shoal scuba-diving location, as well as some of the best golf courses on the South Coast.
Despite the hustle and bustle of the town, nature also plays a prominent role in and around Scottburgh. The Mphambinyoni (confuser of birds, in Zulu) River meanders through a valley just north of the town, through dense riverine bush that is home to many birds, mammals and even the occasional crocodile.
The TC Robertson Nature Reserve preserves a pocket of this bush and all its occupants, while the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve not far from town is a larger reserve where game grazes peacefully.
Croc World is another local attraction, and offers far more than just crocodiles.
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Crocworld is a local institution that is both entertaining and educational, and where you can get up close and personal with the ancient and fearsome crocodile (some are almost 100 years old!), as well as snakes, mammals and birds. There are daily feedings of the crocodiles, while you can get something to eat yourself at the restaurant.
Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for a day trip. Fifty-six different mammal species have been recorded, including zebra, giraffe and the rare oribi, and visitors can walk the trails or look for animals from the comfort of their vehicles. Mountain bikes are also allowed and a few trails have been established.
Scottburgh Golf Club is conveniently situated near town and offers golfers the opportunity to play a round with the Indian Ocean always within sight or sound. Pennington’s Selborne and Umdoni golf courses are a short drive away.TC Robertson Nature Reserve is a small reserve that focuses on the bird life and lucky visitors can spot specials such as the spotted ground-thrush or green malkoha. There are a series of trails, picnic sites and braai facilities.