South African Beaches You Have To Visit

South African Beaches You Have To Visit

When planning a summer holiday to South Africa, you’re in for a treat. The country boasts some of the best seaside areas in the world. From a variety of coastal regions, we have selected some of the lesser known South African beaches you have to visit.

The Golden Mile, Durban

Durban's beaches and promenade extend from the Blue Lagoon to uShaka Marine World on the Point, an area known as the "Golden Mile", although it’s more like four miles.

At the southern end is uShaka Beach, a sheltered spot that's popular with families and local sand sculptors. Surfers find reliable surf at Dairy Beach.

At the heart of Durban's Golden Mile is Bay of Plenty Beach, frequently filled with sunbathers and beach-sports enthusiasts. Towards the north is Suncoast Beach, where you can rent loungers and umbrellas. Further north is Blue Lagoon Beach, with playgrounds and food stalls, making it a great place for families.

Cape Vidal, Eastern Shores, the Elephant Coast

If you ask anyone in the know what to see in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park they'll most likely suggest Cape Vidal.
Some of the forested sand dunes here rise 150m high and the beaches are excellent for swimming.
There's also decent wildlife viewing en route to the beach and you'll likely have the sightings of hippos, antelopes, buffaloes and crocs to yourself.

Noordhoek, Cape Town

This magnificent five kilometre stretch of beach is one of our favourite South African beaches you shave to visit. Noordhoek is favoured by surfers and horse riders. It tends to be windy, and dangerous for swimmers.

Noordhoek has an excellent right beach break at the northern end that can hold large waves; it’s best with a south-easterly wind. In the middle of the beach, the rusted shell of the steamship Kakapo sticks out of the sand like a weird sculpture.

It ran ashore here in 1900, on its maiden voyage from Swansea, Wales, to Sydney, Australia.