The KZN South Coast is an established local and international film destination which has been steadily building a reputation as a film-friendly destination over the past 15 years.
Further entrenching this tourism agenda, a joint initiative by Ugu South Coast Tourism and KZN Film Commission welcomed representatives from the media and local film industry on a familiarization trip of the KZN region from 1 to 3 November.
The tour included visits to nature-based sites Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve; Impiti Conservancy; agritourism venture, Mac Bananas; as well as attendance at the launch of the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails on Sunday, 3 November.
Guests also enjoyed the quality retail and hospitality sectors, among them Senzi’s on Faya, St Michaels Sands Hotel, and the Lilizela Tourism Award finalist Umthunzi Hotel & Conference. The programme also consisted of some extreme adventure at the award-winning Oribi Gorge Wild 5 Adventure.
The delegation included representatives from Brazon Media and Inanda FM; Thabang Moleya of Sereti films, Legend Manqele and Palesa Magakoa of The Bar Leader TV, Lungile Radu and Matli Tefatso Mohapeloa from Parental Advisory Productions, as well as representatives from the host organisations, Ugu South Coast Tourism and The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission – Sphesihle Dlamini (Locations and Facilities Specialist), Nokuthula Shongwe (Marketing & Communications Specialist) and Mbali Nyuswa (Marketing Coordinator).
Commenting on the familiarization tour, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Phelisa Mangcu, said: “This was a really productive event that gave our visitors an extensive overview of the KZN South Coast in a short space of time. We already boast a thriving local film industry, film-friendly municipal by-laws and a variety of infrastructure suited to film, so we are excited to grow this particular tourism aspect going forwards.” For more information, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za
Photo: Enjoying the tour are (from left) Mbali Nyuswa, Palesa Magakoa, Nhlanhla Ngwenya, Matli Mohapeloa, Sphamandla Gumede, MQ Ngubane, Lungile Radu, Nokuthula Shongwe, Thabang Moleya, (bottom from left) Sphesihle Dlamini, Legend Manqele and Brenda M.
About Ugu South Coast Tourism
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu. For more information visit www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za
About KZN South Coast
Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts 7 permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, the highest number in Africa, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.