Shangrila in Bazley Beach
Self-catering Luxury Accommodation
KZN South Coast
The Indian Ocean is warm all year round, and a holiday in winter makes a great change from the icy interior of South Africa.
During the winter months, hundreds of dolphins and many varieties of whales can be seen along the coast. There is also the world-renowned sardine run in winter, with shoals of sardines, hunted by dolphins, sharks and sea birds.
There are wonderful walks at Bazley. If you turn left when you get to the beach you can walk to the High Rocks, and if you cross these rocks, there is a nice beach the other side. You can continue around the headland to a beach called Ndesingane.
If you turn right when you get to the beach, you walk towards Ifafa. If the river mouth is closed, or not too deep, you can cross the river and walk to the Ifafa pools. Past Ifafa is the village of Elysium, and then a long beach to Mtwalume.
Many of the residents walk, run and cycle, on the roads around Bazley.
There are loads of restaurants all around us, including Spur, Debonairs, Wimpy in the Scottburgh Mall, and John Dory’s, Nandos and KFC in Scottburgh. Plus a few other bars and restaurants in Scottburgh towards the beach.
Our favourites are Umdoni Club House at the Umdoni golf course, and Mpiti Beach Kiosk, on Pennington main beach – Mpiti is day time only.
Also very good is Mario’s at the Umdoni Driving Range for home-cooked Italian food.
In Scottburgh there is a lovely restaurant called C Breeze, down from the Shell Petrol Station on Scott St. If you call ahead, he will cook you a crab curry for 2, but he needs a few hours notice. The best fresh fish in town too.
Selbourn Club House does an excellent curry evening on Sunday nights.
Fish On The River at Spiller’s Wharf at Port Shepstone is worth the drive too. It’s really busy on weekends and holidays, so go early or late, to avoid queues.
Another great place is Waves restaurant, on the rocks at Umkomaas beach. Excellent seafood in a casual setting. Booking is essential for Sunday lunches.
Cellar is fine dining near Port Shepstone – dinners only, and you must book.
Further away, down the coast, is Casa Toscana at Trafalgar – excellent, and you need to book. At Southbroom there is the Italian Trattoria on the river, also very good, and you need to book and check opening hours too.
Newly opened is the Belgian Chocolate shop in Scottburgh in a little house near the Mall. The most divine freshly made chocolates, hot chocolate, Belgian cakes and treats, as well as light lunches. Highly recommended and incredibly good value.
Things to do
Fishing: Bazley’s rocks and beach are well known with anglers, with many Shad (Elf), Musselcracker, Blacktail and Grunter being caught.
Shopping: Scottburgh has a wide selection of shops, just 24km away, including Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers, Clicks and many more.
Golf: There are numerous golf courses close by, including Selbourne, Umdoni, Scottburgh, Southbroom, San Lameer and the Wild Coast Sun. The Umdoni Golf Course was originally developed for the State President and boasts breathtaking sea views. There are a total of 19 golf courses within an hour’s drive.
Scuba Diving: The famous Aliwal Shoal is nearby and daily diving trips leave from Scottburgh and Umkomaas, offering a variety of diving experiences from beginners to advanced shipwreck dives. The Aliwal Shoal is rated one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
Nature Reserves: Oribi Gorge is a short drive away, offering a variety of activities from casual walks with amazing views, to white water rafting, or the gorge swing for the more adventurous. There is also TC Robertson and Vernon Crookes Nature Reserves for a walk or drive in the indigenous coastal bush.
Crocworld: Is a short drive away, offering a complete wildlife experience with a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles on display. Guided tours are conducted twice daily, the main attraction being feeding the massive Nile crocodiles. “Henry” is the heaviest and oldest crocodile known in captivity and “Isis” is the beautiful Fish Eagle who lives in the largest walk-through raptor cage on the continent.
Die huis, tuin en uitsig is onverbeterlik. Het verblyf verleng en is besig om die volgende vakansie te reel.
A fantastically private little gem set in a beautiful very large indigenous garden with wonderful sea views. Beautifully decorated and well kitted out. Will definitely be back…
My word! All the superlatives I read on various sites that raved about this amazing beach house, were matched and many exceeded.
Mike Knox & family
The house and surroundings are meticulously kept and guests cannot possibly need anything more.
Anton Niewoudt & family
What a privilege to watch the sunrise, whales breaching and dolphins surfing, from our bed!