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Sun-soaked coasts

SSouth Africa’s sun-soaked coast lies ready, all-year round, to share its secrets, adventures and lazy days with you. With golden beaches and unspoiled nature, it’s more than just the place where the cool Atlantic and warm Indian Oceans meet. It’s 2500km of pure wanderlust.

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Let the waves lift your soul along South Africa’s sun-soaked coast

Sun-soaked coasts

Let the waves lift your soul along South Africa’s sun-soaked coast

South Africa’s sun-soaked coast lies ready, all-year round, to share its secrets, adventures and lazy days with you.

Dip your toes in the Golden Mile of Durban’s Beaches

Sun-soaked coasts

Dip your toes in the Golden Mile of Durban’s Beaches

Durban Beaches - South Africa’s very own seaside paradise

Marvel at the Hole in the Wall

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Marvel at the Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall is an impressive, natural rocky archway found just off the Wild Coast, south of Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape

Meet Durban, South Africa's playground

Sun-soaked coasts

Meet Durban, South Africa's playground

Durban is South Africa’s self-styled “playground” where year-round warm weather welcomes everyone to make the most of the area’s natural outdoor lifestyle.

Visit the Boulders Beach penguins

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Visit the Boulders Beach penguins

At the beautiful Boulders Beach, you can get to know our most famous birds, the African penguin.

Get your hook, line and sinker ready for some coastal fishing

Sun-soaked coasts

Get your hook, line and sinker ready for some coastal fishing

Regionally this rugged, mountainous wilderness is known as the Cederberg, and incorporates the West Coast, Clanwilliam and the Cedarberg Mountains.

Knysna Oyster Festival

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Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival is the perfect combination of sport, food and family time

Visit Durban harbour, South Africa’s premier cargo and container port

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Visit Durban harbour, South Africa’s premier cargo and container port

Fourth-largest in the Southern Hemisphere, this 21km-wide port features 58 berths and is serviced by more than 20 terminal operators.

Important work of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

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Important work of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

The Sharks Board is also involved in vital shark research, and educates the public about sharks and their behaviour.

Get your board out and surf the world’s best at Jefferys Bay

Sun-soaked coasts

Get your board out and surf the world’s best at Jefferys Bay

Hitch a ride on some of the most spectacular waves the world has ever seen

The ride of your life at The Valley of the Waves

Sun-soaked coasts

The ride of your life at The Valley of the Waves

The Valley of the Waves theme park at the Sun City resort offers visitors the chance to surf, swim and ride water chutes in the midst of the African bushveld.

Enjoy Port Elizabeth’s sun-kissed beaches

Sun-soaked coasts

Enjoy Port Elizabeth’s sun-kissed beaches

Port Elizabeth has a number of wonderful beaches including the Blue Flag King’s Beach, Wells Estate Beach and Humewood Beach.

National Geographic Through the Lens with Thomas Peschak

Thomas Peschak is an assignment photographer for National Geographic and the Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF). He is a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has been named as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world.

Originally trained as a marine biologist, he retired from science fieldwork in 2004. He became an environmental photojournalist after realizing that he could have a greater conservation impact with photographs than statistics. Yet he remains rooted in marine science through his roles as Director of Conservation for SOSF and Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust. He strives to merge photojournalism and cutting edge science to create powerful media projects that tackle some of the most critical marine conservation issues of our time.

Thomas has written and photographed five books and he is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2011 and 2013 he received World Press Photo Awards for his work.

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With a clear 15km stretch of beach, natural forest, exciting outdoor adventures, cultural encounters on tap and a range of accommodations and restaurants, Chintsa in the Eastern Cape is recognised as 1 of South Africa’s prime coastal destinations. It’s the perfect chill-out hideaway for travellers of all ages. The region covered by the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route is among the most carefree areas on the planet, ideal for taking time off from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. LENGTH OF STAY You can do the entire route in a day but you will miss plenty. Rather spend at least a week relaxing and exploring the area. Incredible snap by @gavmam18. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Wonderlustsouthafrica #EasternCape #Chintsa

Explore South Africa’s rich cultural & natural heritage when you visit the Point of Human Origin in Mossel Bay. Begin your journey by going on the Human Origins Experience tour which focuses on the beginnings of modern human behaviour followed by a guided cave tour by professionals. This is a one of a kind experience waiting for you. Amazing image from @zanemeadon. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #adventure

Mossel Bay is a coastal town, tourist haven or another stop along South Africas beautiful 3 200-km-long coastline. This must-visit town is nestled in the Western Cape approximately 400 kilometers from Cape Town with an incredible range of the things to do. Picture yourself walking amongst its friendly community members as you pop in some of the local stores, restaurants & historic sites. Come #MeetSouthAfrica for an authentic coast living experience like no other. Thank you to @diaryofjustin for the stunning image. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #MosselBay #WesternCape #beachvibes

With warm weather all year round, Durban welcomes visitors to a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle where beaches, braais (barbecues ) seafood and curry restaurants, clubs and upmarket accommodation establishments provide everything an out-of-towner could wish for while on holiday. Durban is South Africa’s self-styled 'playground', where year-round warm weather encourages visitors to make the most of the province’s outdoor lifestyle. The beautiful city has so much to offer, why not visit a cultural village and learn about the ways of the Zulu people or explore its oceans and meet some new friends. Amazing image from @southafricaanz. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #Durban #KZN #adventure

If you’re looking for the complete coastal forest experience, Tsitsikamma, in the Eastern Cape has to be on the top of your list. Walk through the ancient forest, chill on the beaches, kayak up rivers and hike some of the most famous trails South Africa has to offer. The Tsitsikamma National Park forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area is covered by large areas of forest as well as many rivers that have carved deep gorges into the mountains as they wind their way from the plateau to the sea. Accommodation in the area is not a problem at all, the fernery lodge and chalets is the perfect place to relax after an exciting day of adventuring. Beautiful image @tsitsikammalangkloof. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #Tsitsikamma #Adventure #EasternCape

There are many things that make Cape Town so special. Unparalleled beauty can be combined with adventure. Here you can take part in outdoor activities without having to stray far from the city centre. Whether you want to lose yourself in sea, sky or somewhere in-between, adventure is just a step away. You needn’t go far to find adventures in Cape Town. Diving, paragliding, abseiling and hiking are just some of the outdoor activities that you can enjoy within 5km of the city centre. From the sea to the sky, head to Lion’s Head for a bit of paragliding; awesome views of Cape Town. Thank you to @nicolaslarsen for the gorgeous image. #MeetSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #mothercity #capetown #Adventure #exploresouthafrica #WesternCape

Giant’s Castle, part of the Drakensberg Experience route is a haven for adventurous travellers, who enjoy the simple pleasure of walking its many trails. The base area of the Drakensberg Experience Route is the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, from where you're always aware of the rugged mountain peaks the Zulus call Ukhahlamba – ‘the barrier of spears'. There is so much to the Drakensberg tour, so many villages in its valleys to explore, trails to hike, people to encounter and sites to visit, that one needs to set aside a good few days for this experience. Amazing image from @ramonmellet. #MeetSouthAfrica #TravelSouthAfrica #TravelTuesday #Travelgram #thisissouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica #Drakensberg #adventure

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