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We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
+27 31 572 4227
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
+27 31 572 4227

Beaches of South Africa

Beaches of South Africa

The beaches of South Africa are part of an extraordinarily diverse coastline stretching over 3000 kilometres forms the borders with the Atlantic and Indian oceans. From the West Coast with its brilliant white beaches, dunes and blue seas, albeit a little cold at around 12 degrees Centigrade, to the East Coast beaches where holidaymakers play virtually all year round on endless golden sandy beaches with the luke-warm Indian Ocean invitingly rolling onto the sand.

The northeast coastline is one of South Africa’s last wilderness areas with hundreds of kilometres of deserted beaches.  They are certainly an added attraction for nature lovers. Here the leatherback and loggerhead turtles still lay their eggs beneath some of the world’s highest forested dunes. Stand on these dunes, and you may see whales and dolphins frolicking in the ocean to the east. Elephants are strolling on the beaches and to the west; typical African bushveld teeming with wildlife.

Around the coastal cities, holiday towns and villages are ‘swimming beaches’ These beaches are protected by a professional team of personnel called lifeguards, patrolling them on foot and with 4 x 4 vehicles. The National Sea Rescue Insitute patrol the beaches with boats, and shark nets protect swimmers around shark ‘hot spots’.

Many of the swimming beaches are awarded the coveted Blue Flag status. To achieve this status, a beach has to comply with more than 30 criteria.  It includes water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services.

There are large stretches of the coastline that are not protected by these measures. This does not prohibit one from enjoying it, but before taking the plunge, have a talk with the locals about safety and use some common sense to enjoy the adventure!

 

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