Trio

Part-sleepy fishing village and part-buzzy high street, Kalk Bay’s eclectic mix of historic buildings, cobbled streets, bohemian bric-a-brac shops, vintage bookstores, art, and antique galleries, ocean and mountain views, quaint cafés and restaurants, colorful fishing vessels and creative locals is what makes it so charming, offering a unique experience unlike anywhere else in the city. If you haven’t already, pin Kalk Bay to the top of your list, and follow our guide to this Forbes-feted neighborhood.

Gloom

The facilities along Umhlanga’s beachfront are similar to what you may expect at other world-famous beach destinations. The clean, white sandy beach and warm water of the Indian Ocean waters beckons. There are great seafood restaurants with seating almost on the beach. Park on Lagoon Drive and walk down “Walkway to the Beach” (signposted). Some of South Africa’s most famous hotels are along this coastline – the Cabanas, Breakers, Pearls, Oyster Box, and the legendary Beverly Hills, Sol Kerzner’s first hotel. A beautiful paved walk meanders through a beach garden to your left, while a stroll to the right will bring you all the way up to Umhlanga Beach’s landmark, Umhlanga Lighthouse.

Unspoilt

The Robberg Hiking Trail is probably one of the most popular and well-known trails in the area and also one of the most scenic. The route is a circular trail along the Robberg peninsula with two shorter variations available ranging from easy to moderate. This is not recommended for your regular Saturday afternoon stroll or when you are just bored. However, when you’ve done it, you’ll have to agree it really is special – one of a kind. If you are interested in geology you will find it inspiring.