Untouched harmony amid pristine beaches

From the Cape West Coast on the desert border with Namibia to northern KwaZulu-Natal, the South African coastline stretches more than 2,500 kilometres and boasts some of the most beautiful beach landscapes in the world. Everything from popular blue flag beaches to secluded sandy stretches seemingly untouched by the modern world, South Africa's beaches have something for everyone and every taste: surfing, fishing or relaxing.



Published: Sun 28 Apr 2019, 9:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 28 Apr 2019, 12:37 PM

Umhlanga Rocks: Meaning "the place of reeds" in Zulu, Umhlanga Rocks makes for a fine getaway for those looking to do some shopping and fine dining. And if you want to stay in luxury with a great view of the ocean, The Oyster Box Hotel should be your first choice. (Image: Caelus Aerial Photography
Noordhoek: As one of the Cape's best kept secrets, Noordhoek hides in the shadow of Chapman's Peak. Its picturesque and sandy shoreline is popular with horse riders and families. (Image: Noordhoek Tourism
Morgans Bay: Just an hour's drive from East London, this little resort town has been the Eastern Cape's best kept secret for frequent visitors until recently. Now, it graces must-visit lists. Don't be surprised if the beach is packed in December. Book early.(Image: Morgan Bay Hotel)
Hobie Beach: When in Port Elizabeth, check out Hobie Beach. Situated in the vicinity of The Boardwalk, the beach hosts the annual Splash Festival, which has great shopping and entertainment. The beach, which is a favourite for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing, also offers sheltered rock pools with interesting inter-tidal sea life. It also includes a launching place for sailing and rubber ducking.
Paternoster: Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the west coast of South Africa. (Image: Audley Travel)
Hermanus: Hermanus is a coastal town on the southern coast of the Western Cape, renowned for its perfect whale-watching experience. Humpbacks and blue whales can be spotted along its coast from June to December. (Image: Southern Destinations.com)
Santos Beach, Mossel Bay: As one of South Africa's most recent blue flag beaches on the Garden Route, Santos is becoming a popular destination for families and young people in the region.
Nahoon: Nahoon is a popular East London beach, and is one of the region's top surf spots with almost perfect waves. Watersports, safe swimming and fishing are also big attractions for locals and tourists alike. (Image: Shamin Chibba)
Boulders Beach: Boulders Beach, near Simon's Town, Cape Town, is renowned for its penguin population and picture-postcard family-friendly beaches. Boardwalk tours through the penguin colony give visitors a close-up view of the endangered African penguin.


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