Named rather quaintly – for the comparison ends there – after a beach on the south coast of England, the almost orange sands of Margate Beach in South Africa lie on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal province, around 90 minutes from Durban.
A paved footpath runs along the beach amid the occasional lofty palm swaying gently in the breeze, but it’s the warm, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean that attract most visitors to Margate. If you’re interested in life below the waves, there are a number of good snorkelling spots to look out for, while on and above the surface its all about board sports, from reliable surf conditions to the chance to try out stand-up paddleboarding.
The swimming is safe at Margate Beach too, with shark nets out to sea and lifeguards on the foreshore at popular times. Margate Beach also has its own seawater pool, which gives you the feel of bathing in the ocean without the waves, making it perfect for younger visitors.
Additional reasons to visit Margate Beach, should they be needed, include the Whale Deck, from where its possible to sight humpback and southern right whales each year between July and December, alongside the proximity of restaurants and shops to the sand.
- Diving & snorkelling
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