Mnandi Beach, Cape Town
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South African legislation prevents whale watchers from getting within 300m of a whale - except for licensed boat-based operators.
Mnandi Beach on Cape Town's False Bay seaboard revels in a superb location on the Indian Ocean. A long beach with scenic views of the limestone cliffs of the Wolfgat Nature Reserve in the distance, it is favoured by walkers, fisherman and those who enjoy swimming in warmer waters (unlike the Atlantic Ocean beaches on the other side of the Cape Peninsula).
This Blue Flag beach was reserved for members of the black community in the misguided apartheid years. Today it’s popular with local communities, especially those living in nearby areas such as Khayelitsha and Strandfontein. Overseas visitors often like to combine a guided township tour into Khayelitsha with some downtime at Mnandi to enjoy the sun, sea and beach life.
Mnandi Beach has a recreational area with a large freshwater pool and waterslides, along with playground equipment to occupy the kids. There are areas to eat and braai so bring along a portable beach picnic and make a day of it. Non-human visitors to this Cape Town beach include seals and whales (especially the southern right species that frequent the coastline from June to September) and watching their antics can prove quite a show.
Safety is a big priority at Mnandi Beach. As a Blue Flag destination, lifeguards are on duty here throughout the summer season (1 December – 31 March). Caution, however, must be practised when the winds are high and the currents dangerous. The areas in which it is safe to swim will be marked with yellow and red flags, and paying heed to the warnings from the lifeguards is essential to safety.
The name Mnandi means ‘lovely; just right’ – an apt description for this beach which has enjoyed full Blue Flag status since the year 2004.
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Cape Town Tourism
Telephone: +27 (0)21 487 6800