PRESS RELEASE BY UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM:
The South Coast Bike Fest™ will take a ride out from the popular coastal town of Margate to the scenic hinterland areas of KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo on Saturday (27 April).
This is part of a drive to highlight the tourist initiatives under development in these rural villages. KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo both form part of the Great Drives Out collection of authentic rural experiences as launched by Ugu South Coast Tourism.
On the day, the South Coast Bike Fest™ will run an official Motorsport South Africa-endorsed WFO Hard Enduro Series race, called Margate’s Madman, to bring excitement and entertainment to the community in these areas, as well as to the spectators who wish to see a great hinterland race, support the riders and learn more about these areas.
The race will consist of two stages, Stage one (2.2km, starting at 8am) in Margate and Stage two (approx. 35km, starting at 11am-4pm) in KwaNzimakwe with a halfway midpoint spectator point in KwaXolo. While the race continues, entertainment will take place at start/finish pits and at KwaXolo, including shows by biking sensations King Donut, La Riche and Skinny. Food and refreshments will be on sale. The race ends with a prize giving at 6pm at Margate Pier Rock Stage.
Both KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo are best experienced through tour guides, who can unlock the secrets of the landscape and its inhabitants. Through them, visitors will gain insight into the rich Zulu culture, its ceremonies and beliefs and even pick up a phrase or two in Zulu. A great authentic cultural experience, groups are invited to speak to the tour guides, local Visitor Information Centres or Ugu South Coast Tourism about their particular needs in arranging a visit.
There are so many options in these areas for adventurous visitors to explore and enjoy. Available activities are Zulu dancing, beading workshops, drumming demonstrations, sangoma (traditional healer) readings, storytelling for the kids, local food and drink, refreshing stops at taverns, hikes across the unique landscape to scenic viewpoints, San cave paintings, shopping for handmade arts and crafts, overnighting in rural accommodation or scenic special events.
CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Phelisa Mangcu, is thrilled that the KZN South Coast’s flagship event, the South Coast Bike Fest™ will reveal the areas of KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo to visitors.
“The Great Drives Out cultural adventure experiences encourage responsible and authentic culture and heritage explorations in scenic environments, fostering links between diverse cultures and between the popular KZN South Coast coastline and the lush hinterland, only a few minutes’ drive away.”
The KwaNzimakwe Experience starts at the WowZulu Welcome Centre on the R69 Road between Mpenjati Nature Reserve and Ezinqoleni, above KwaNzimakwe “place of the Nzimakwe” Village. Here the local tribal leader welcomes visitors warmly.
Activities include seeing a sangoma, watching crafters and learning to weave, visiting a cattle kraal and organic garden and following a mountain trail past a Shembe Church to a site with spectacular views of the area. Nearby activities include community theatre at Msenti Art Academy, guided walking trails at Xhuluweshe mountain and Nojani Tavern.
KwaXolo Caves forms part of a series of caves, near the town of Port Edward. A walkway is currently under development to improve access to the prehistoric caves with San paintings that are said to be older than 100 000 years. These caves tell the story of the San in years of plenty, before they later inhabited deserts.
All cultural adventure experiences are recommended as part of a guided tour with registered tour guides, so you can understand the area, its people and places and so your visit is acknowledged in the area, which follows traditional customs. Access to the areas are a combination of tarred and dirt roads, with a 4×4 trail the next tourist initiative to be launched, connecting the KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo area.
Mazethu Zondi, GM: Development, Ugu South Coast Tourism +27 39 682 7944 or [email protected]
Ugu South Coast Tourism’s official route guide, the Southern Explorer or any of Ugu South Coast Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres