A brief history of Amanzimtoti.
In 1902 it was a seaside resort with an hotel, 4 houses and 12 huts along the lagoon. During the 1920s three hotels were built - World?s View Hotel, the Karridene Hotel and a small hotel near Warner Beach. Transport was a problem as there were only gravel paths with few cars, so people coming to the area made use of the Port Shepstone Express on its way to and from Durban.
The 1930s Depression saw many people moving to Amanzimtoti as the cost of living was cheaper than city living. The town was granted local administration in 1934 and had a population of 774. Electricity was introduced during 1938. 1949 saw the introduction of running water. In 1945 telephone lines were installed and were operated manually. Automation only reached the ares in 1962. A highlight of of the 1930s was the visit of popular singer Gracie Fields.