As we head into the last few months of the year and with the weather on the brink of change, you may find yourself in a pickle when it comes to planning your next holiday during this awkward change-of-the-seasons type weather! Well, the answer is simple, all you need to do is follow the sun! And generally, that means planning a holiday on either the south or north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, or if you are craving something a little more ‘out the way’ – the wild coast is always a charm!

First Group’s top sunshine, steady-weather recommendations include:

Margate Sands


Margate Sands is literally metres from Margate’s most popular golden sand beach, and just over an hour’s drive outside of Durban, down the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Margate Sands epitomises the family beach holiday experience with its spacious 3-bedroom apartments, wonderful swimming pool and braai area, children’s entertainment room and immediate beach access.

What to do in the area?

  • Pier fishing or deep sea fishing charters
  • Crocodile farm & Pure Venom reptile park adventures
  • Beaver Creek coffee estate
  • Oribi Gorge nature reserve & Big Rush activities
  • Lake Eland game park, with ancient caves, suspension bridge and 5km zip line track

La Montagne


La Montagne has it all – with its stunning location at Ballito’s most popular beach, onsite swimming pool, sunbathing area and sundeck, there really is no end to all your sun-seeking adventures. Children will be spoilt for choice with entertainment, including a full gaming arcade and the Fred First kids club, while adults can enjoy the B-Bar on the sundeck, the La Vita wellness spa, a selection of three eateries and a communal braai area.

Explore the area:

  • Zimbali or Simbithi Golf Course
  • Deep sea fishing charters
  • Holla Trails mountain bike and adventure park
  • The Litchi Orchard market
  • Micro-light flights

Hole in the Wall


For a real slice of sunshine paradise, the Wild Coast is just the ticket. It truly does justice to its name with its untouched, rugged coastline that stretches for miles and the many hours of steady sunshine and tropical weather to be enjoyed by all. Hole in the Wall is neatly tucked away in a peaceful bay, complete with its own golden sand beach just metres from your chalet door. With an onsite swimming pool, kiddie’s play area and the Fred First kids club, youngsters will be well taken care of, while grown-ups can unwind at the La Vita wellness spa, slurp on a cocktail at the onsite bar or enjoy a fresh seafood meal at the Bell Buoy restaurant.

Explore the Wild Coast:

  • Coastal hikes and walking trails
  • Beach horse riding at Coffee Bay
  • Deep sea fishing and whale watching charters
  • Cliff-side abseiling
  • Golf at Mthatha golf course

Our other properties close to the beach are:



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