Fillers at Spillers

2018-04-26 06:00

SOME say that Port Shepstone lacks tourism attractions and in comparison to our other urban areas like Scottburgh and Margate the town is somewhat dull. I am not sure that is the case- especially when one nips down to the evergreen Umzimkhulu River.

There the historic Spillers Wharf is in my opinion a little gem. It has an idyllic riverside setting with much for locals and visitors to enjoy. Besides a variety of retail and some accommodation the choice for dining is impressive- hospitable fish, curry and shisa nyama restaurants are there with their varied non pocket denting menus.

On any given day, the wharf provides that chill as you fill ambience. On the day I went, people (and there were a lot) chatted away to their hearts content and the overflow from the verandas took up seats under the shady trees and sipped icy cocktails right next to the robust river. Down near the bridge, boats loaded up after a blue sky day at sea and all around us all sorts of birds (including the haunting Fish Eagle) winged their way along this lushly vegetated valley.

On the far side on the ever popular golf course, players were finishing off their round no doubt keen to have their first sip of the good stuff and tell tales of their day and many other fine days on the fairways of the South Coast.

Port Shepstone has in effect a mini waterfront right on its doorstep. It is in itself a worthy destination. I know of a Midlands family who own a holiday home at Southport and regularly come down here. They make a trip to Spillers a compulsory part of their stay.

During the day what could be easier for people working in the town to take their lunch at the river and return (in time I hope) to work with batteries re-charged. Who would think that not 500m behind them our administrative capital would be carrying on with its daily grind.

During this Easter season, I went to a number of places up and down the coast so see how things were getting on. Nearly every location visited had a healthy number of people enjoying a sunny day out. Spillers Wharf was no exception which goes to show that within the South Coast there is truly a tiara of treasures and treats.

This is autumn? Not by any stretch of the imagination- that’s why we can proudly call ourselves a definitive 365 destination. Champagne days indeed.


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