Amanzimtoti, or fondly called Toti by the locals, is situated along the coast of eThekwini-Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Well-known for its tropical climate and number of beaches, Amanzimtoti is popular as a tourist destination.
The name ‘Amanzimtoti’ refers to ‘sweet waters’ which is said to come from the famous Zulu King, Shaka upon tasting the water from the local river during one of his campaigns – he declared “Kanti Amanz’amtoti” which translates to “the water is sweet”. The town has a rich cultural history which is showcased in the number of arts and craft stores offering a range of local handmade products.
Popular as a family holiday destination Amanzimtoti is a hive of activity during holiday times. With the warm Indian Ocean; swimming, snorkelling and surfing are activities that can be done throughout the year. This part of the coast is great for scuba divers to explore the excellent marine life as well as the Aliwal Shoal, a coral reef just off the Umkomaas River mouth.
All Amanzimtoti’s beaches are safe to swim in, protected by shark nets and life guards on duty. The annual sardine run takes place from June to August when the area buzzes with excitement as these small fish take over the ocean. Fascinating to watch locals scooping up them up and the bird life flocking overhead to dive after the fish.
There is no shortage of accommodation in Amanzimtoti with bed and breakfast establishments to Hotels and self-catering units. There is something to suit every taste and budget. Please see the accommodation directory which will provide a full list of advertisers in the town.
There certainly is plenty to see and do in Amanzimtoti. The Bird Sanctuary is great for families with rolling lawns and forest trails. There are many nature reserves in and around Amanzimtoti wonderful for hikes and walks.
Other activities and attractions include:
The activities directory will provide an extensive variety of things to do and see. Although a beach resort Amanzimtoti’s facilities and infrastructure are excellent with all necessities being catered for. The business directory has a list of business advertisers, or add your own free business listing. Restaurants are many and varied, from local delights to foreign delicacies.