Beach & River Activites
Sugar Beach Resort is situated within walking distance of Elysium Beach (+-600m) and the Mtwalume River. Avid beach-walkers can walk to the neighbouring beaches of Mtwalume and Ifafa. All the main beaches can be reached using the R102 Marine Drive.
Canoeing & Paddle Boating
Margate, Uvongo & St Michael’s on Sea
Enjoy a leisurely trip up the lagoon with a canoe or paddle boat.
52km drive from Resort
Ifafa & Mtwalume Beach
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean makes the South Coast beaches ideal for year round swimming, snorkeling, surfing and family beach fun.
Elysium & Mtwalume Beach
Be on the lookout for beautiful shells washed up on the sands.
View the local Seashell Identification Guide to see some of the seashells that wash out on our beaches.
Surf & River Fishing
The South Coast offers excellent fishing sites.
Shad (Elf), bronze bream, rockcod, pompano, flounder and blacktail are just some of the species you can catch on Elysium and Mtwalume beach.
Deep Sea Fishing
There are a number of excellent charters operating from Shelly Beach.
Some of the popular species are the scotsman, englishman, rockcod, kingfish, musselcracker, yellow fin tuna and dorado.
50km drive from Resort
May – July
Once a year, millions of sardines travel north from the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. The shoals are a feast to a host of predators including sharks, game fish, seabirds and people.
The magnificent Oribi Gorge lies some 25 km inland from Port Shepstone. The gorge is approximately 400 meters deep, and almost 5 kilometers wide. The nature reserve has a wealth of smaller wildlife and a number of hiking trails.
60km drive from Resort
The Red Desert
Located just outside Port Edward, the desert is reputed to be the smallest desert in the world. The barren red soil is in striking contrast with the surrounding lush green coastal vegetation.
86km drive from Resort
Mzamba Fossils & Petrified Forest
Take a guided tour during low-tide to view the Mzamba Cretaceous Deposits – a set of famous marine fossil beds dating back ± 85 million years.
90km drive from Resort
Port Shepstone Lighthouse
Made from cast iron and erected in 1906, this icon landmark is located at the opening of the Umzimkulu River mouth in Port Shepstone.
40km drive from Resort
SS Nivonia shipwreck
The SS Nivonia was a South African whaler that ran aground and was wrecked in July 1935. A few peices of the ship are still visible during low-tide.
25km drive from Resort
Port Shepstone Maritime Museum
Learn more about Port Shepstone’s fascinating history and view the maritime themed displays.
41km drive from Resort