These are your beaches for the sum­mer (rated by an ex­pert), PLUS al­fresco films, and an in­sane mis­sion to cross the At­lantic...

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EAST­ERN CAPE Port El­iz­a­beth is the sec­ond-best city for beaches, with three Blue Flags. But just up the coast, Kelly’s in Port Al­fred has been on the list for 12 years, nearby Kar­iega for eight – and now Bok­nesstrand, Kentonon-Sea and Kleinemonde are all in the pi­lot stage. Keep go­ing, and the stretch near the Great Fish River mouth has Ham­burg (al­ready a Blue Flag gem) and Bi­rah, Mten­thu and Mzamba with pi­lot sta­tus. Bonus The Amaz­ing Event, planned for 17 – 20 De­cem­ber in Port Al­fred, will in­clude beach vol­ley­ball (32 na­tional teams), jet-ski and MTB races, an any­thing-that-floats con­test and more. Up­dates on the Zs­ports Face­book page.

KWAZULU-NA­TAL The South Coast boasts seven Blue Flags, while Dur­ban has one (uShaka Beach). It’s the North Coast that’s mak­ing an ef­fort – Umh­langa, Umd­loti, Wil­lard Beach (near Bal­lito), Salt Rock, Blythedale, Dokod­weni and Zinkwazi are all in pi­lot phase. Bonus Umh­langa’s Sum­mer Fes­ti­val is on 12 – 23 De­cem­ber, umh­langafes­ti­ Dokod­weni’s iBeach Xpe­ri­ence in­cludes an ad­ven­ture cir­cuit, live mu­sic, pop-up food stalls and more, 27 – 29 De­cem­ber. ibeachx­pe­ri­ For more about Blue Flag beaches, visit

be tour­ing our TheNivea Sun­slide will g blue 4,5-me­tre beaches this month: a bi roof­sun­screen high slide that sprays wa­terp where it’ll be onto kids as theyl­pay. See page when on Nivea SA’s Face­book

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