Originally named Middleton after the builder of its first-ever siding, Doonside was re-named in 1910 to avoid confusion with Middleton in the Eastern Cape. The name Doonside comes from the house, Lorna Doone, which overlooked the siding. Kingsburgh Prior to 1942, this was known as …

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Adams Mission

Established as a medical settlement by American missionary Dr Newton Adams, it was destroyed by Dingaan before being rebuilt in 1839. Dr Adam’s medical skills benefitted British colonists, Boers, and indigenous residents, with Adams College established in his honour in 1853. Its alumni include presidents …

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Sitting on the southern banks of the uMbokodweni River, just 8km outside of Amanzimtoti’s CBD, is Umbogintwini – or Twini as the locals call it. Its name is a corrupted version of the Zulu word Mbokodweni meaning ‘river where round stones are collected’.

Illovo Beach

This is an idyllic seaside resort with the beautiful Illovo Beach on the banks of the Illovo River. It’s named after the ‘mlovo’ trees growing along the river banks. Despite its convenient location, Illovo is away from bustling hubs and offers a tranquil retreat.


This popular seaside holiday resort is north of the Illovo River Mouth. It earns its unusual name from the Afrikaans word ‘winkel’ meaning ‘shop’. This dates back to 1875 when sailors set up shop on the riverbank, selling waterlogged goods from the shipwrecked schooner, Tonga, …

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This rural KZN South Coast destination is named after the Zulu word meaning ‘my father’s wife’ situated on the river of the same name. This was historically designated as a beach for black South Africans during the apartheid era when racial segregation was enforced by …

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