Eat, Play, Love... and have a whale of time


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” - Virginia Woolfe

Close to home:

The Beach Café @ Impithi – Pennington

A vibey, casual eatery on Pennington Beach. Impithi serves delicious, affordable homemade food. Breakfast enjoyed while taking in the view is the perfect start to any day. Their famous Carrot Cake is legendary. Affordable and pet-friendly, with all profits from the Kiosk going to the Pennington Conservancy.
Contact: 066 371 5631

uMdoni Park Golf Club Restaurant – Pennington

Not your average clubhouse restaurant. The restaurant offers an excellent menu with a wide range of food to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. The fish dishes are especially good. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable with friendly and efficient service. The views of the ocean from the covered veranda are spectacular.

Contact: 039 975 1615

Enzo’s – Scottburgh
For an amazing Italian experience, you simply can’t beat this restaurant. What’s more, you will likely find Enzo himself in the kitchen working his magic. Thin crust pizza, pasta, and seafood are all made with the freshest ingredients and traditionally prepared. Don’t skip the sangria, which also comes as a slush. Affordable with good service, this is a popular spot. Bookings are recommended during busy periods.
Contact: 039 978 3674

The Frenchman – Scottburgh
Excellent food from an authentic French chef. Julian (the chef and owner) is passionate about food, which shines through in his dishes. The tuna steak is legendary, and the chicken-and-prawn curry is sublime. Excellent food, and personal service, often from Julian himself, make for an all-around enjoyable eating out experience. Good idea to book ahead.

Contact: 076 904 1477

Further Afield:

The Cellar Boutique Restaurant – Port Shepstone
For those seeking gourmet dining along the South Coast, it’s impossible to go wrong at this restaurant. As well as delightful staff and a refreshingly well-designed setting, the food is simply outstanding. The menu is varied and inventive, and dishes are beautifully presented and accompanied by an impressive wine selection. Often described as a hidden gem, this restaurant is well worth the visit.
Contact: 039 695 1036

Chefs On Marine – Ramsgate
This bistro and bakery serve croissants, baguettes, brioche, cakes, preserves, and more! Their offerings also include French-inspired breakfasts served all day, farmer boards “fit for a king”, and scrumptious gourmet burgers. Excellent service and great views overlooking the ocean add to the overall experience. Well worth a visit if planning a day trip down the coast.
Contact: 067 771 6312

C-Bali – St Michael’s Beach

This popular spot at St Michael’s on Sea is known for Asian fusion food and sushi and great seafood and meat dishes on the menu. The staff are super friendly and efficient. With gorgeous sea views, it’s the perfect place to sip on an ice-cold craft beer or cocktail and catch up with friends and family. Make sure to get there early on weekends, as C-Bali does not take bookings.
Contact: 039 315 0473

The Packshed – Margate
Indulge in global culinary experiences at our restaurant, where dishes are inspired by worldwide travels. From Spanish soirées to Asian street food, the menu offers a journey through diverse flavours. The Packshed use earthy techniques like wood grilling and smoking, often with a fusion twist. Families, couples, or weekday diners, all are welcome to join in celebrating the joy of taste, experience, and life’s simple pleasures. Well worth a visit, bookings are recommended.
Contact: 078 812 7272


‘Golf Coast’ – where tees and seas apply!

Often affectionately referred to as the ‘Golf Coast’, the KZN South Coast boasts some of the finest golf courses.


Umdoni Park Golf

Situated in 200 hectares of indigenous coastal forest, the Umdoni Park Golf Club is one of the hidden treasures of the South Coast. This course has a considerable reputation in KZN, being regarded as breathtakingly beautiful and hugely pleasurable to play.

Contact: 039 975 1615


Selborne Park Golf Estate

Selborne Park Golf Estate is a world-class parkland course with 18-holes of beautifully manicured fairways. It is a challenging but exhilarating course that will test your abilities while enjoying the gorgeous sea views and glimpses of the indigenous wildlife.
Contact: 039 975 8500

Mountain bike trails
“I don’t have a bucket list but my bikeit list is a mile long.”

The KZN South Coast offers a variety of dense coastal forests, cliffs, gorges, valleys and farmlands – perfect for mountain biking.

There are many trails for varying levels of experience in and around Bazley, and your host will happily share his experience of these with you.

Should you require any bike repairs, the Saddle Shack Cycle bicycle store in Rocky Bay is the place to go.

Contact 072 831 8878

Rocky Bay Resorts

The famed South Coast location forms part of the KAP sani2c and joberg2c competitions as cyclists pass through on the way to the coastal town of Scottburgh.

The mountain biking trails include 9km, 12km, 19km and 40km courses. The trails are suited to cyclists of all levels.


Scuba Diving

“We dive not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”. 

Your host has dived at both premier sites on several occasions and will be happy to share his experiences with you and recommend a reputable dive centre.


Aliwal Shoal

The renowned Aliwal Shoal measures 1,5km long by 1km wide. A fossilised sand dune of sponges and hard and soft coral, it offers a variety of wrecks and other dives, ranging from 3m to 37m in depth. There is also ‘Raggie Cave’ for the adventurous, where you glide mask-by-gill amongst numbers of large ragged-tooth sharks.


Protea Banks

Another world-class dive ranked as one of the best shark and gamefish dives going. Protea Banks guarantees experienced and novice divers an unforgettable experience.


“Where there is a wind there is a way”

With constant side-shore winds blowing in the 15-to-20 knots range, Bazley Beach is an excellent spot for experienced kitesurfers and is often frequented by international athletes in their offseason.


Your host is familiar with the best spots to kitesurf and will happily share his advice and caution on what to avoid.


If the conditions are good, you will most certainly find him out at sea.

Please note that guests are required to bring their own kitesurfing gear.


“Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” – The Beach Boys

The KZN South Coast is the ultimate all-year-round destination for lovers of surfing.


In Bazley Beach, you have a great surf beach on your doorstep, with waves suited for most levels of surfers.


Please note that guests are required to bring their own surfboards.


Close to home:

Under the right conditions, Scottburgh Point produces world-class, long and hollow waves that break hard onto a shallow sandbar.

If you manage to snag a good one from the many skilful locals, you are in for the ride of your life!

Fishing & spearfishing

“Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught”

Bazley Beach has two rocky peninsulas that are excellent fishing spots. Tesingane Point to the north requires a short walk and can be reached while ambling along the beach; the other is on the rocks directly in front of the house.


During summer, the likely catches are Flatfish and Natal Stumpnose and during winter, expect to catch Shad/Elf, Kob and Garrick.


A sea or saltwater angling or fishing license can be purchased at any coastal Post Office or Conservation office and most Post Offices inland.


Please note that guests are required to bring their own fishing equipment.


Close to home:

When it comes to deep-sea fishing, several local sites offer fishing charters from nearby Rocky Bay in Park Rynie.


Our typical day begins with Rob taking a refreshing swim in the sea, while I take the dogs for a power walk around the village. After returning home, we enjoy a delicious breakfast on the deck before loading up our beach bug and heading to the beach. We are fortunate to have a lovely private beach in Bazley, where we can safely swim.


For lunch, we often indulge in our family favorite – beach rolls – while soaking up the sun. Later in the day, we head back to the house and unwind on the pool deck. Rob keeps an eye on the wind conditions, and if they’re ideal, he’ll kitesurf. Our thatched-roof house stays cool, making it the perfect spot for a quick nap on even the hottest of days.


Early evenings are the most delightful time of the day for me because everyone gathers in the living area to reconnect as a family. Some of us prepare dinner while others play backgammon or engage in other fun activities. It’s a great way to wind down after a day of fun in the sun.


“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.” - Gregory Colbert

While Hermanus and the Southern Cape areas may get the most hype – it’s the Kwa Zulu Natal coast which can easily boast the highest number of whale sightings with humpback whales being frequently seen.


With its 180-degree view of the ocean, On the Rocks provides guests with a prime whale watching position.


Whale watching season coincides with winter in South Africa, starting as early as May but it really starts to make a splash around late June and early July, stretching until early December. This is when the majority of migrating pods travel up from the cold waters of the Antarctic, heading north along the eastern coast of Southern Africa as they go in search of warmer waters to breed and also calve off the coastal waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. The migratory route through South African waters isn’t just in one direction, whales will make their way south back towards the nutrient rich waters of the Antarctic right the way through to early December.


The whales’ migration northwards also coincide in some months with the Sardine Run which happens between May and July where billions of South African sardine spawn in the cool, nutrient rich waters of the Agulhas Banks before heading northwards in search of warmer waters – a remarkable sight to behold in itself. Especially with super-pods of whales and dolphins as well as sharks and diving birds following and feasting on the immeasurable number of sardines.


Peak time: July – September