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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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The Knysna Oyster Festival warms up winter in this Western Cape tourist hotspot with delicious food and wine, sports and adventure, varied entertainment options and fun family activities.
The KwaZulu-Natal Elephant Coast offers tourists a range of eco-orientated activities in its two main national parks, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Within these parks, there are several nature reserves, some offering extensive game viewing and water-related activities.
Plettenberg Bay – also known as Plett – is a popular destination for nature-lovers, adventurers and beachgoers. You’ll find plenty to do in Plett – whether you’re after a seaside holiday; a wilderness experience in pristine natural surrounds; or adrenaline-packed adventures.
Lappiesbaai, which means ‘bay of rags’, is a relaxed beach hideaway and a Blue Flag destination. It’s renowned for its beauty and the recreational facilities on offer in the area – it’s a great spot for birding, fishing and whale-watching.
KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.
Port Nolloth is currently a centre for small-scale diamond recovery and the crayfishing industries. Established for the copper mining industry, the harbour’s narrow, shallow entrance made it unsuitable for ore carriers.
The West Coast Wine Route follows the N7 North and has a surprisingly large selection and quality of award winning wines to chose from. It includes boutique and garagiste producers, along with some of the largest wineries in the country.
South Africa hosts some of the world’s most festive surfing competitions, which attract some of the biggest names in the sport every year. More than 3 000km of coastline, beach breaks, reef breaks – and perfect weather conditions – make South Africa the perfect destination for surfers.
In Port Shepstone, visitors to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast can laze on the beach, get swept up in the Sardine Run, chase adventure in Oribi Gorge, or enjoy fishing on the reef.
South Africa’s Shipwreck and Daisies Route from Leliefontein to Kleinzee in Northern Cape combines astounding natural beauty with Namaqualand hospitality and a side-order of history and culture.
The Maritime Museum in Mossel Bay, which offers visitors a glimpse of 15th-Century seafaring life, is a great starting point to explore this historic Western Cape town.
Swimming, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, top-class golf or just lazing on the beach: Marina Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is one of South Africa’s lesser-known jewels.