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Scottburgh’s main appeal lies with it’s sheltered bathing beach, or Scott Bay as it is more commonly referred to. The beach with its vast expanse of terraced lawns and expansive sandy beaches is geared for holiday fun and together with an inviting tidal and paddling pool, super tube, miniature railway and protected bathing will ensure carefree family holidays.

To the immense Mid South Coast – Kwa-zulu Natal – South Africa – and you’ll find the Umdoni Region consisting of Scottburgh, Park Rynie, Kelso, Pennington, Bazley, Ifafa Beach, Elysium, Mtwalume, Umkomaas and the historic town of Umzinto. Holiday Accommodation and Activities abound with the shore line always in reach as well as Golf Courses, Beaches and Interesting stores so you have to keep with you all the time for some great finds and amazing discount buys, everything needed for a truly memorable holiday.

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It is rooted after an English family named Pennington, who began farming here in the late 19th century. Sir Frank Reynolds, the sugar magnate, bought part of the farm and developed a country home which he called Umdoni Park after the mdoni (water myrtle) trees in the area. Sir Frank built the historical seaside residence for South African prime ministers as a sign of his admiration for the first premier of the Union, General Louis Botha. King George VI of Britain was offered use of this home when his health was failing in 1952, and was planning to visit it just before he died.

This stupendous town is set on a hillside looking down onto the Indian Ocean. The railway runs between the town and the beach (as it does all the way along this coast from Amanzimtoti to Port Shepstone, but trains are few and cause little problem for visitors; it’s well served with roads as the motorway N2 runs down from Durban connecting with the airport and passing Pennington.

Umzinto is apure and simple town 12 kilometres inland from Scottburgh on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa in the Umdoni Local Municipality which is under the Ugu District Municipality. It was a sugarcane growing area and the town was set up as the centre for a sugar mill. The first public company in Natal was established at Umzinto in 1858. Furthermore, Umzinto has grown and developed to a self-sustaining urban place.

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Per record, legend has it that the town’s name derives from the encounter of two gentlemen, one of whom was named Um. Upon encountering a stream, the two decided to cross it, but Um did not notice the crocodile lurking beneath the surface. Subsequently Um was attacked by the crocodile, and bitten in half. “Um’s in two!” his friend exclaimed.

Meanwhile, this is merely a story by Jonathan Swift and is not true. There is a dispute about the original name of Umzinto. History says it is Umenzi wezinto, a Zulu name meaning doer of things and due to continuous mis-pronunciation by white people it was convenient for everyone to say Umzinto, which we know today. But other history says it was named after a river, Mzinto River, which passes the town.


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