Umkomaas South Coast Kwazulu Natal, Southcoast KwaZulu Natal South Africa
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Umkomaas is named after the Mkomazi River, which means Place of the Whales in
Zulu. Umkomaas was established in 1861 when an attempt was made to develop a harbour
in the river mouth. Due to the sand bar and hazardous currents the attempt was
aborted. Today, thanks to a shipping
hazard and evidence of the havoc it s wreaked, the town's colonial-style
architecture is 'base camp' for scuba divers from around the world. The town was established in 1902.
kilometres offshore from Umkomaas lies the internationally-renowned Aliwal Shoal
- a fossilised sand dune of sponges, soft and hard coral - first spotted in 1849
but not adequately highlighted until after it sank the steamer Nebo in 1884. Umkomaas is not unexpectedly a bountiful line-fishing locale,
too, and away from the briny its challenging, heavily wooded and bunkered 5479m
golf course was designed specifically to test those who boast a low handicap.