Sunshine Coast is an apt description of a coastal belt beset with countless little villages, each offering access to beaches, rivers, lagoons and hiking trails that stretches between the Tsitsikamma and East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is one of the stops on the African Swim Safari.
As a destination the Sunshine Coast has had to do little to attract visitors. Its obviously glorious weather, the seaside-resorts of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred - considered the heart of this stretch of coastline - St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay and their access to warm waters, water sports, eco-walks, friendly locals, sheltered coves, rock pools and nature reserves, makes its attraction blatantly obvious. Add to this the inland malaria-free ‘Big Five’ access on local game farms, and easy access to the Great Fish River, the Wild Coast and the Addo Elephant National Park, and it is easy to understand why so many Capetonians head this way during their rather wet winters, and the rest of the country, as well as visitors to the Eastern Cape, make this their playground.
A major reason for heading for the Sunshine Coast is that despite its obvious attraction, it remains largely unspoiled and, for the most part, uncommercialized.