Rural tourism growth on the south coast of KZN creates a boom in agricultural tourism

Rural tourism growth on the south coast of KZN creates a boom in agricultural tourism

The primary mission of the South Coast Tourism and Investment Corporation (SCTIE) is to develop tourism and investment opportunities in the hinterland of the region.

The launch of Agri-CULTURE Tours not only fulfills this mandate, but has quickly established South Coast KZN as an attractive agri-tourism destination offering a range of family-friendly adventures.

Commented Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of South Coast Tourism and Investment Corporation (SCTIE).

As an organization tasked with unlocking the tourism and investment potential of the region, it said they have worked with their existing farming communities to create an attractive tourism product – Agri-CULTURE Tours.

“Since its launch earlier this year, the tours have already grown in success, with visitors enjoying the diverse activities and unique experience found on our farms,” ​​she explained.

The well-established BBS farm in Southport forms part of the tour route, and this women-owned farm highlights the investment potential of women entrepreneurs. Started by agricultural alumni Busisiwe Lubanya, Silindile Zondi and Bongi Lushaba, BBS Farms is not only an international supplier of quality produce but also hosts visitors for farm tours, meals and great fishing.

Sisters, Nelly and Nulwazi of the Zama family also prove the important role women play in agri-tourism, having helped set up the Ubumbano Farm in Amandawi in 2017. This cooperative-turned-business agribusiness now welcomes tourists looking to learn more about agricultural technologies Farming or wanting to sample their home made and farm goods.

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For coffee lovers, KZN South Coast’s Agri-CULTURE Tours offers two great offerings – Beaver Creek Coffee Estate in Port Edward and Mpenjati Coffee in Munster. Beaver Creek, the southernmost coffee farm in the world, has grown over three generations with a great Crop to Cup and deli. There are also cycling paths well established in the farmland.

A newer addition is Mpenjati coffee, created by Leigh and Des Wichmann, who began growing coffee nearly five years ago. The couple began brewing some of the region’s best coffee blends while welcoming visitors to enjoy farm tours and coffee tastings.

Children are well looked after on Agri-CULTURE Tours with many characters to meet at B’s Guesthouse in Harding’s animal farm. Emus, rabbits, and pigs wait to meet new people, while parents enjoy a fresh farm-to-fork meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Visitors will enjoy the dam fully equipped for fishing and hiking through the macadamia trees.

There’s also no end to the kid-friendly activities at Mac Banana in Münster. Some of the 20+ adventures to enjoy include quad biking, archery, paintball, adventure golf, and a rope adventure park with obstacle course and zipline. Delicious food is also served in four on-site restaurants.

There are unlimited opportunities for agri-tourism on the south coast of KZN, with plans for new initiatives already underway. Look at this space!


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