South Africa offers some of the best world’s beaches. Enjoy your vacation from the pristine coastal stretch of Kwa Zulu Natal's Cape Vidal to the Eastern Cape's wildest Wild Coast, from the penguin colony of Boulders Beach in the Western Cape to the sun-drenched shores of Camps.
South African tourism, environmental and hospitality authorities have accepted the Blue Flag concept. The following beaches were awarded Blue Flag accolades:
►Margate's Main Beach
►Durban's South Beach
►PE's Humewood Beach
Summertime (November – February) is the best time to go swimming off South Africa's beaches, but as usual, beware accommodation problems at Christmas holiday time.
But a better bet for scenic driving and hiking around the beaches is winter (June-August), as daytime temperatures are T-shirt comfortable, humidity and prices are both down while accommodation is easily available and crowds limited.
On the south and west coasts (around Cape Town, Hermanus and Elands Bay)the Atlantic waters are always cold, in the region of 12C or 13C, while further east, as the Indian Ocean drift kicks in water temperatures rise to 21C on Nature's Valley beach and 24C on beaches around Durban and north-east, up to Cape Vidal.
You may also enjoy wildlife watching in South Africa: loggerhead and leatherback turtles lay their eggs around here mid-October to mid-February, humpback whales cruise by about June-July, the bush is alive with wildlife including elephants, hippos and crocs, and sea temperatures hit 25C.
Lodging is varied with cozy log cabins, rest camps or a camp site if you prefer.
Eastern Cape boasts some of the most spectacular and pristine beaches in South Africa. Find out what you can enjoy doing in the area.
Garden Route, Western Cape
Garden Route, Western Cape is the home to some of the most incredible beaches in South Africa: Robberg and Lookout beaches. Consider the attractions and activities available.
Kwazulu Natal offers great spots for beach enthusiasts as well as for wild life lovers. Learn what you can see and do there.
Western Cape takes its pride in the world renowned beaches like those in Clifton or Hermanus for excellent whale watching. Check out what else beaches in this area have to offer.