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Amanzimtoti is a town of 14,000 people (2011) on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The town is well known for its warm climate and numerous beaches, and is a popular tourist destination, particularly with surfers. The annual sardine run attracts many to the Toti beaches.


Amanzimtoti Main Beach

According to local legend, when the Zulu king Shaka led his army down the south coast on a raid against the Pondos in 1828, he rested on the banks of a river. When drinking the water, he exclaimed "Kanti amanzi amtoti" (isiZulu: "So the water is sweet"). The river came to be known as Amanzimtoti ("Sweet Waters"). The Zulu word for "sweet" is actually mnandi, but, as Shaka's mother had the name Nandi, he invented the word mtoti to replace mnandi out of respect not to wear out her name. Locals frequently refer to the town as "Toti".

Amanzimtoti River

Amanzimtoti is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including Cape clawless otters, blue duiker and spotted ground-thrush. Vervet monkeys are common and can be seen throughout the suburban parts of the town and in the nature reserves. Most of the wildlife can be found along the Manzimtoti River or in the coastal dune vegetation.

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Amanzimtoti lies 27 km south-west of Durban and 99 km north-east of Port Shepstone and is known as the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

There are commuter passenger trains from Durban.

  • 1 Amanzimtoti railway station, 22 Rosslyn Rd.

Get around[edit]

Map of Amanzimtoti


  • 1 Amanzimtoti Japanese Gardens, Fynn Rd.
  • 2 Umdoni Bird Sanctuary, 61 Umdoni Rd, +27 31 903 1203. 4 ha of land including a dam on a tributary of the Amanzimtoti River. There are picnic areas and forest trails. 150 species of birds that inhabit the sanctuary. Umdoni Bird Sanctuary (Q7881450) on Wikidata Umdoni Bird Sanctuary on Wikipedia


A nature reserve was established along the banks of the river in 1965 called Ilanda Wilds. There is also a 'bird park' called Umdoni Bird Sanctuary along one of the tributaries of the Manzimtoti River. Other nature reserves and green areas include; Umbogavango, Vumbuka, and the Pipeline Coastal Park.

  • 1 Ilanda Wilds. Ilanda Wilds (Q5997081) on Wikidata Ilanda Wilds on Wikipedia


Amanzimtoti has four notable shopping centres:

  • 1 Galleria Mall, 2 Arbour Road. The largest shopping centre in Amanzimtoti. Galleria Shopping Mall (Q39053517) on Wikidata Galleria Shopping Mall on Wikipedia
  • Arbour Crossing
  • Toti Mall (includes Shoprite), in the town centre
  • Toti Centre in the town centre





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